Basic Mishloach Manot
Mishloach Manot, the “sending of portions” are symbols of friendship that we exchange on Purim. They are baskets or containers of delicious food items, at the very least containing Hamantashen and should contain at least two ready-made foods per person. Above is an example of a basic Mishloach Manot basket. I put in some Hamantashen, some popcorn and a fruit bar.
Below, I got a little more creative and put together a “Relax and Nosh” Mishloach Manot
Relax & Nosh Mishloach Manot
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Just in time for Purim, here’s a delicious and easy addition to your Mishloach Manot baskets. Mishloach Manot means “the sending of portions”. This tradition is derived from Megilat Esther, The Scroll of Esther otherwise known as The Book of Esther, which we read on Purim. We are instructed to give our friends gifts of food, at least two ready-made foods for each person, and to give gifts to the poor. On Purim, friends exchange these wonderful Mishloach Manot, as a symbol of friendship. Usually Hamantashen are put into the Mishloach Manot along with other delicious goodies. Feel free to get creative! Read on for the Recipe
*Middle Eastern Egg & Veggie Dish
Shakshouka is a dish that is very popular in Israel. This is one of the many versions. It’s the perfect dish, easy and quickly made from items in your pantry. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is also low-calorie and very filling.
2 eggs, beaten or ½ cup egg substitute
½ cup onion, finely chopped
½ cup green pepper, finely chopped
½ cup diced canned tomatoes, drained or ½ cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
2 Tbls. olive oil
- Heat olive oil on medium high in fry pan. Add onion, pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes; add tomatoes and spices. Cook for another minute or two.
- Add eggs and combine with vegetables; stir and continue cooking for about 5 minutes more until egg is cooked. Serve immediately.
Tip: Get creative: you can add chopped green chiles, hot sauce or different spices.
*No Patchke=No Fuss, Easy
**Pashtedah= Casserole in Hebrew
Here is my mother’s recipe for Cauliflower Pashtedah. Pashtedah means “a casserole” and is a staple in Israeli cooking. It is so easy, “no patchke”, meaning “no fuss” and has become one of my son’s favorite dishes over the years. When he eats it he remembers his grandmother. Continue reading
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is the New Year of the Trees. It starts this year on Wednesday evening, January 15th, 2014. It celebrates the time in Israel when the rainy season is coming to an end and the first buds begin to appear on the trees. In ancient times and today, trees have always been very important in Israel, providing fruit for food and shade and transforming an arid country into a green and rich land. It is customary to Read On
You will never again want to make rice pilaf from a mix! This recipe is so easy!!
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If you are looking for a quick “go-to” meal when you have no time to cook, this recipe will become a favorite. It usually takes me about 10 minutes from start to finish. Get creative: add different sauces or serve it up in different ways, it’s a multi-tasker! Read on for the Recipe