Queen Esther Would Be Proud-Lentil Patties

Queen Esther Would Be Proud-Lentil Patties

With Purim starting tonight, I wanted to pay tribute to our beloved Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story and a great role model. It is said that she did not eat meat, only vegetables and legumes. These lentil patties are delicious and healthy and you can put them together quickly. They will be the stars of your Purim feast. Serve them with the roasted red pepper mayonnaise (listed below) and everyone will want your recipe. Don’t spend too much time in the kitchen, get dressed up in a costume and head to your synagogue to hear the reading of the Megillah! Happy Purim.

Ingredients:                                                                           Makes 8 small patties

1 cup diced assorted bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, green)

¾ cup sliced green onions

1 cup roughly chopped Cremini mushrooms

½ cup shredded carrots (I use shredded carrots in the bag found at supermarket)

1 large clove garlic, chopped

2 Tbls. olive oil

2 Tbls. vegetable or grape seed oil

1 ½ cup cooked black (small) lentils (I cook 1 cup dry lentils in 4 cups water/stock, 30 minutes, then drain)

1 Tbls. mayonnaise

1 ½ – 2 tsp. Dijon mustard (to taste)

½ tsp. salt

1 ¾ cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs (made in food process from slices of bread or rolls)


  1. Sauté veggies in large frying pan in the olive oil over medium-high heat for about 6-7 minutes until they are soft; set aside and cool for 1 minute.
  2. In a food processor, combine lentils, veggie mixture, mayonnaise, mustard and salt with a few quick pulses. Remove and place mixture in large mixing bowl, adding egg substitute (or egg) and bread crumbs. Mix well and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in frying pan to medium-high; form lentil mixture into small patties and frying for a few minutes on each side until golden brown; drain and enjoy! They can be eaten hot or cold.


Serve with roasted red pepper mayonnaise (in food processor, combine ¼ cup mayonnaise and ½ 12 oz. jar of roasted red peppers (drained). Great topping for the lentil patties and as a spread on sandwiches!

Lightning Fast Veggie Potato Latkes

Lightning Fast Veggie Potato Latkes

Lightning Fast Veggie Potato Latkes

Here is a great recipe that is so easy, perfect for the weekday nights of Chanukkah when you are too tired to grate the potatoes. They are light, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and really delicious. No leftovers on this one, too yummy!
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Aunt Hannah’s Pumpkin Mandel Bread (Gluten Free & Egg Free Options Too)

Aunt Hannah's Pumpkin Mandel Bread

Aunt Hannah’s Pumpkin Mandel Bread

Just in time for Thanksgiving, this recipe combines a traditional Jewish favorite with Thanksgiving flavors. Think of Mandel Bread as “Jewish Biscotti”, crunchy on the outside, but in this version, softer on the inside. The original recipe is from my friend, Marty’s Aunt Hannah, who lived to be 100 years old. This is such an easy recipe to make, it is very healthy and can be made in Gluten Free & Egg Free Versions. Bring this for Thanksgiving, Chanukkah or any holiday that you celebrate and you will have everyone asking for the recipe!! May Aunt Hannah’s memory be a blessing!
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Fruit and VegsTonight, October 16, 2016, at sundown, the holiday of Succot, will begin and will continue until October 23, 2016. It is one of the three harvest festivals in the Jewish Calendar, also sometimes call the“Festival of Tabernacles” or the “Feast of Booths.”  For the holiday, Jews erect a temporary hut, called a “Succah”, next to their homes. It is a symbol of the forty years that the Isrealites wandered in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt, and simulates the experience of the Israelites. The roof of the Succah is covered with tree branches, allowing some sky to appear.  People may sleep in the Succah, take their meals in the Succah and entertain friends there.  Jews  traditionally eat “Kreplach”, a vegetable, meat or dairy filled light pastry served typically in soup. Below are some recipes that you can make for the holiday of Succot and may be found on this website:

  •  “Easy Veggie Kreplach” (Jewish Ravioli)
  • “Nancy H’s Out of the Ballpark Noodle Kugel (Pareve)”
  • “One-Bowl Kugel” (Dairy)
  • “Apples and Honey Turnovers”

Wishing all of you a Happy Succot, Chag Sameach!

J’s Summer Chicken

J'S Summer Chicken

J’S Summer Chicken

Just in time for the approaching Jewish Holidays, here is an easy recipe that would be perfect for your holiday meal. It’s light, quick to prepare and is gluten-free. You can substitute other veggies but the most important element are the tomatoes. Enjoy!!
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Green and White Bean Salad

Green and White Bean Salad

Green and White Bean Salad

This salad is great to make if you know you will have a busy week. It is so easy to pull together and if you add some cooked chicken, salmon or tuna, you’ll have a hearty lunch time meal! It will keep a few days in the fridge and is great as a cold side dish when it’s hot outside. You can also vary the ingredients by adding things that you like: tomatoes, leftover corn from corn on the cob, the possibilities are endless! This is a real “no patchke, no fuss” salad.  Any leftover dressing can be used on another salad during the week. Read on for the Recipe