Dear Jewish Food Hero: How to Avoid Bathroom Blues During Passover?

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Dear Jewish Food Hero,

I love Passover but I don’t think Passover loves me! I put a lot of effort into making interesting dishes for the holiday, but due to the dietary restrictions I find myself using the same ingredients over and over.

I make matzah brei (I have an awesome recipe from Grandma), matzah lasagna, chicken soup with matzah balls, matzah blintzes… OK, you get the idea. I love all the matzah-based foods, but I end up spending most of the week with stomachaches and constipation. I need to find a new way to eat so I can feel light and energetic all week long!

Sincerely,

Yearning to be Free (from Constipation)

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Sweet Potato Coconut Soup

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen- Sweet Potato Coconut Soup >> jewishfoodhero.com

This dairy-free sweet potato coconut soup is smooth, tasty and filling.  Children and adults enjoy this soup.  Sweet potatoes endlessly please and nourish.

The recipe calls for a small amount of coconut cream – just enough to make the soup velvety (and not too much to make the soup too rich).

This soup can be served as an appetizer or as a main dish.

This soup recipe is Pesach-friendly* and it can be enjoyed all year around.

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What Women Really Think About Passover Cleaning

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What Women Really Think About Passover Cleaning

The words Passover and cleaning raise a strong response from most women.  To prepare for Passover, there is a call that Jewish families should clean their house to get rid of chametz (bread and its by-products).

I have had informal conversations with women and here is what women really feel about cleaning for Passover:

“I have such a busy life that the idea of a major cleaning project is, frankly, frightening.”

“Despite the fact that I know that Passover cleaning is about getting rid of chametz (bread and its by-products), I always fall into the trap of doing a full spring cleaning because I am a perfectionist.”

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Discussion Prompts for your Passover Table (Printable)

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Ways to encourage talking at Passover Table

The Passover haggadah is our guide for the seder, but it’s really only an outline, into which we can add content which is thought-provoking and meaningful. One way to make the seder richer is to stop periodically and have one of the participants pick a note up randomly from the table and answer the question on it. Then others can chime in as well to create a fruitful conversation around the themes of the holiday.

I have prepared printable notes with questions for the Passover table discussion which I feel are inspiring and reflective. I’ve added a few blank notes as well, so you can add your own discussion points and personalize them for your family and guests.

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Interview With Bagel Expert: Laurel Kratochvila

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Interview with Bagel Expert: Laurel Kratochvila

Laurel Kratochvila is the owner of Fine Bagels since 2013. It is a bagel bakery in a bookstore in the Friedrichshain neighborhood of Berlin. The bagels are an homage to the old Yiddish bakeries of New York and the coffee is strictly Melbourne.

An American living in Germany, Kratochvila traveled for a few years after graduating with a degree in physics. She accidentally fell into a job at a bookstore and started baking bagels for its cafe because good bagels in Berlin were few and far between.

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The Best Healthy Mishloach Manot Idea Yet

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Healthy ideas for Mishloach Manot

Did you know that in the original tradition of mishloach manot people sent each other meals? No candy, no cutesy themes or environmentally harmful packaging. They just shared their meals with each other to increase the joy of Purim, forge new connections and strengthen existing ones.

There’s a lot of peer pressure surrounding mishloach manot, with women (especially) competing with each other to send the most impressive package. Each year, it seems like the mishloach manot people send are bigger, contain more junk food, cost more money and include more elaborate baked goods and fancier packaging. This causes undue stress, as we become obsessed with fitting in, being loved and being recognized for our expertise in the kitchen.

What if we could meet these needs in a healthier way – for our bodies and souls and for our friend’s bodies? It is possible to go back to basics and still send something which will be much appreciated by the recipients.

Here’s my idea: Time your mishloach manot to coincide with breakfast or lunch and send an appropriate, delicious and healthy meal. Purim morning is a busy time and many women can easily forget to sit down to a proper breakfast, so a well-timed tray of breakfast food can really hit the spot.

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9 Non Alcoholic Drinks You Can Enjoy Instead of Wine on Purim

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Non-alcoholic drinks for Purim

The Talmud (Megillah 7b) instructs people to drink until they can no longer differentiate between Haman and Mordechai. Whether that means getting a little tipsy or rip-roaring drunk is a matter of interpretation.

Drinking alcohol for women can be complicated. Some women drink on Purim and some women do not. If you don’t like alcoholic drinks, are uncomfortable with the idea of getting tipsy/drunk and losing your inhibitions or are just too busy with responsibilities on Purim, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday. Fun and delicious non-alcoholic drinks can just be just as satisfying and will add to the festivity of the holiday and make you smile. If you prefer a Purim feast where everyone remains relatively sober, ply your guests with non-alcoholic drinks so they limit their alcohol intake.

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