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Shabbat Menu – Israeli Style


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Reuven, Gad and ultimately half of Menasseh petition for land east of the Jordan River — prime grazing land — as their inheritance.  You can understand the harsh reaction of Moses, but they bravely agree to fight with their brethren to conquer the Promised Land, and Moses relents.  There must be something remarkable about this pastureland to lead the tribes to forsake the Holy Land.  I will not speculate, but if you’ve never tried grass-fed or pastured meat you don’t know what you’re missing.  This week, with a nod to the other half of the Jordan, we’ve got a recipe that your family will love using pasture raised meat.

Beef Cigars


Shish Kebab


Cauliflower Couscous

turkish carrot salad

Grilled Spicy Watermelon


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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




102 Responses to Shabbat Menu – Israeli Style

  1. avatar says: Evelyn

    I absolutely love using ground beef to make kabobs and another one of my favorites is to use it to make picadillo….yummmmmm yummmmmm yummmmmm

  2. avatar says: Amy

    My favorite way to cook ground beef is in spaghetti and meat sauce. Yum!!!

  3. avatar says: Erica

    I make a moist meatloaf with 1 lb. ground beef and 1 lb. ground turkey, one egg, one slice of challah crumbled and fresh chopped garlic. Mix it up. Top with half ketchup and half-AI sauce, bake at 350 (slow so it says juicy) for about an hour.

  4. avatar says: strandjss

    I love using ground beef for salisbury steak and gravy.

  5. My favorite way to cook ground beef is also to make meatsauce. My family loves it!

  6. I love cooking ground beef in my homemade spaghetti sauce recipe. The family absolutely loves to eat it.

  7. ground beef in homemade chili.

  8. avatar says: Roblyn

    I use it in lasagna.

  9. use ground beef in chili & spag sauce but also enjoy cooked on the grill

  10. I use ground beef in spicy chilli, meat lasanga, and sweet and sour meatballs. I also love to make shepard’s pie with it by topping it with mashed potatoes.

  11. My favorite way is to make Meatballs out of it. Both for spagetti and for sweedish meatballs.
    Thanks so much.

  12. avatar says: ky2here

    Let’s have meatloaf.

    ky2here at msn dot ocm

  13. avatar says: Nycole

    I love to cook ground beef in spaghetti sauce with lots of veggies

  14. avatar says: Ellie

    It’s hard to pick a favorite way to cook ground beef, but I’d have to say my mom’s special meatball recipe.

  15. avatar says: Melissa

    Mmm.. after eating a few mediocre burgers my husband whipped up the MOST amazing burgers my former-vegetarian taste buds have ever experienced!! I don’t know all the details but I know chopped caramelized onions were in there, and of course, grilled to perfection!!

  16. avatar says: amir

    my mom’s meatballs, which is a mixture of beef and lamb

  17. avatar says: Rachel L

    I love Moroccan Meatballs. The recipe I use doubles and triples so well.

  18. Homemade meatloaf is a fan favorite around here!

  19. avatar says: chana

    Not much of a meat person due to previous lack of quality kosher meat on the market, but I think that’s about to change (happily)! I do enjoy using ground beef in a veggie stir fry or meat sauce. Cheers!

  20. avatar says: Amber

    I love simmering ground beef with a mild chili!

  21. avatar says: MichelleS

    My favorite way to cook is un-original, but I am a fiend when it comes to spaghetti and “meat”balls and would love to win this. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  22. avatar says: Bracha

    I love to make yemenite cabbage rolls with ground beef.

  23. avatar says: yadler

    I love home made patties on the grill or in the oven

  24. avatar says: Gayle C

    My favorite way to enjoy ground beef is the classic hamburger. I like it grilled, served on a soft onion roll with mayo and lots of lettuce, tomato and pickle. Oh, and mild cheddar cheese.



  26. avatar says: Ima2seven

    I love to make homemade kreplach!

  27. I would make stuffed green peppers and hope to win :)

  28. I like to use ground beef in salads.

  29. avatar says: Kristie

    Spaghetti is one of our favorite meals with ground beef.

  30. I make Hungarian Chicken Fricassee – mini meatballs (meat, minced onion & garlic, egg, matzo meal) with pieces of chicken in a brown gravy that includes onions and bell pepper. Lots of pepper and paprika (hence the “Hungarian”). Sometimes I throw in pieces of beef chuck too. This over wide noodles or over rice is true “Comfort Food”! The meatballs make the dish.

  31. avatar says: Jeff

    I use the ground beef for meatballs.

  32. avatar says: Judith

    hands down meatballs and spaghetti

  33. avatar says: ben

    another meatloaf vote

  34. avatar says: Jean F

    I like to make meatballs for my spaghetti

  35. avatar says: Vicki

    Stuffed cabbage is my favorite use for ground beef!

  36. Love using ground beef to make meatloaf

  37. avatar says: Lydia

    Love using chopped meat in meatball minestrone soup. I use Suzie Fishbein’s recipe which we all love. Sometimes I sub veal chopped meat or combine the two.
    Chicken fricassee is also a fave. Chicken wings, split in two, necks, giblets and of course meatballs onions and mushrooms…

  38. avatar says: Jen

    unstuffed cabbage!

  39. I make a tasty “unstuffed” cabbage with rice, cole slaw mix, tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and ground beef baked together.

  40. avatar says: Harriet

    I love using ground beef in a “Meatloaf Rolade”, layering beef, spicy mashed potatoes & either ground lamb or veal–rolling it up like a cake roll. Yummy!

  41. avatar says: kara

    We love eating ground beef as hamburgers or meatballs, stuffed peppers or meat borekas in puff pastry shells

  42. avatar says: Leah

    I like to use a George Forman grill.

  43. avatar says: Lori

    I love stuffed cabbage and stuffed peppers.

  44. avatar says: Simcha

    Grilled on a BBQ is delicious.

  45. avatar says: Malkie

    Definitely meatloaf. And meatballs are a close second.

  46. avatar says: Shani

    I make a Quaker oat meatloaf. I pop it in the oven early in the morning, run to my exercise class and it’s ready to go into the fridge when I come home. Supper is then ready when I come home from work. So easy with healthy ingredients and very filling!

  47. avatar says: miriam

    sweet meatballs!!!

  48. avatar says: Carol

    Spinach Meatloaf — I use a meatloaf pan so the fat drips down. Healthy and yummy.

  49. I would say sweet and sour meatballs, served either with the meal as a side or on top of cous cous as an appetizer. Kids and adults alike love meatballs!

  50. avatar says: Daveda

    We are very traditional with our beef tastes in my family – meatloaf and meatballs. In fact, I just made both last night and put them in the freezer for the future. Every once in a while, my girls enjoy tacos.

  51. avatar says: Shia

    Spiced just right and grilled (medium rare) on a skewer…

  52. avatar says: Dalia


  53. avatar says: Dodi

    Grilled burgers in the summer. Meatballs in the winter.

  54. avatar says: Joanna

    sweet and sour meatballs!

  55. Kebabs of course-mmm delicious!!!

  56. avatar says: crbc

    Wow, it’s a tough choice between meatloaf with a tomato sauce gravy or grilling hamburgers on the bbq.

  57. avatar says: Marissa

    burgers in the summer and chili in the winter

  58. avatar says: Frayda

    Sweet n sour meatballs!!! Just made a big batch tonight!

  59. Wonderful meat balls with pasta and a home made red sauce. Can’t be beat with a huge salad and challah garlic bread.

  60. avatar says: Dvora

    Burgers on the grill, meatballs (and spaghetti) and sloppy joes. (Sorry, couldn’t pick just one.)

  61. Burgers, burgers….and…burgers.

  62. avatar says: Sarah

    Sweet and sour meatballs

  63. avatar says: sara

    I love making lahmagin!My kids love to eat it!

  64. Burgers are my favorite.

  65. avatar says: sheryl k

    meatballs are the best and everyone likes ‘em

  66. avatar says: Emma Peel

    Meatloaf for sure, love me some meatloaf!

  67. avatar says: Hayley

    cottage pie – everyone loves the flavor of the meat and potatoes together.

  68. avatar says: Tam

    I brown it and make large batches of tomato sauce for spaghetti that I can then pull out anytime I need a quick meal.

  69. I spice it up, roll into balls and bake decilous

  70. chili! heart healthy with beans and corn(whole protien) onions, peppers etc. and a pot of chili has so many different uses, chili dogs, buritos, tacos, sloppy joe style, even over noodle and of course who doenst love a bowl of hot chili all by itself!

  71. avatar says: tomato

    We like it in hamburgers

  72. avatar says: Rose M.

    I love sweet and sour meatballs!

  73. Meatloaf is delicious:)

  74. avatar says: Jaime L

    I love to make a meat roll in puff pastry dough. It’s a great appetizer. You use ground beef, saute with onions, add some tomato sauce with mushrooms, lemon juice, a dash of sugar, matza farfel. Once that cooks for a while and cools off you wrap it in a puff pastry dough. You can make it for Pesach minus the dough.

  75. sweet and sour meatballs!!!!!

  76. I love to make ground beef and eggplant casserole. My grandmother Benjamin taught me to make it when I was a little girl and it always brings back such wonderful memories when I make it.

  77. avatar says: dkny

    Mini meatloaves simmered in gravy left from roasts. (Stockpile leftover gravy and meat juices from roasts in a plastic container in the freezer and then simmer your favorite chop meat mixture in small loaves in the liquid.

  78. Sweet and sour meatballs (got my recipe from the Quick and Kosher cookbook- its a hit every time!)

  79. avatar says: Sarah L

    Hamburgers grilled on the grill.
    Thanks for the contest.

  80. avatar says: Gianna

    Meatloaf Italian style with tomato sauce and zucchini.

  81. avatar says: Annulla

    Stuffed cabbage, just like my bubba used to make.

  82. avatar says: Leah

    Chili!! Or Chili Dogs

  83. avatar says: Morgan

    I love BBQ on the grill

  84. My favorite is grilling.

  85. On the grill, it always taste better!!!

  86. avatar says: Dorothy

    Everyone in my family loves Cabbage Wraps, & I make them pretty good.

  87. I would love these

  88. avatar says: Kristen

    I like to make goulash with ground beef. Most people use beef chunks but my family prefers the ground beef version. It’s a vaguely-Hungarian recipe with lots of paprika, but I add a little soy sauce and cinnamon to sweeten it up. It’s delicious over egg noodles with braised red cabbage!

  89. avatar says: Betty C

    Meatballs first, then meatloaf.

  90. Hungarian Shepherd’s Pie is my favorite way to cook ground beef Kosher style.

  91. I love to make burgers or tacos

  92. The contest is now closed. SarahG is the winner. Make sure to enter our other contests going on right now, including our Kugel recipe contest for a chance to win $500 at the Kosher.com Butcher shop – http://joyof.kosher.com/2011/06/30/summer-magazine-giveaways-2/