Shabbat Menu - Water, Water Everywhere

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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In parshat Beshalach time is running out. Pharaoh and his army are chasing after the Israelites and they stop at the edge of the Red Sea.  There is no place left to go.  After witnessing the miraculous signs and wonders that brought Egypt to its knees, fear and doubt begin to consume the former slaves.  After Hashem chastises Moses for timidity in the face of adversity, Moses bravely raises his hands. The waters split and we cross a free people, while Pharaoh and his army drown in the sea. This parsha is all about water – an element bringing salvation and destruction.  As the Israelites continue in the desert, bitter waters are transformed and made potable.  Then later, hunger and thirst overtake the Jews and their complaints lead Moses to strike the rock, a transgression that will ultimately cost him a chance to lead the Jews to the Promised Land.  With this week’s Shabbat menu, we celebrate water, but we don’t forget to include a little bitterness, a reminder of our journey along time ago.

WATER CHALLAH

water challah

This recipe was given to us from Neomi Gniwisch who got it from Sara Maybergs who got it from Mrs. Schwartz...

CREAM OF WATERCRESS SOUP

watercress-soup

Cold soups would always be a thrill if only they were made with full-bodied and full-flavored veggies, as they are here. No stock or broth whatsoever! Bouillon cubes? Let’s not even go there!

There are several variations you might enjoy on this theme, keeping as always a short and sweet ingredient selection: Broccoli, spinach, kale, asparagus instead of the watercress and zucchini; potatoes, turnips, parsnips, cauliflower instead of the celery root. Play with all the possibilities!

CAJUN CHICKEN WITH WATERMELON MINT SALSA

Cajun Chicken with Watermelon Mint Salsa

DIRTY RICE AND BEANS

rice and beans

SAUTEED GARLICKY KALE

Garlicky Kale

Kale is filled with vitamins and minerals and fiber and is the ultimate super food. My kids happen to love it so it has become our go to vegetable of choice. Simply sauteed like this is the easiest way to go.  

BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE WALNUT MACAROON COOKIES

Bittersweet Chocolate Walnut Macaroon Cookies

Click here for last year's Beshalach Menu.

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