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7 Immune Boosting Recipes

 

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Depending on where you live, you may have already had your first snow of the season.  I just moved to Brooklyn and yesterday experienced my first city snow, well more like slush, for the first time in years.  Between the dropping temperature and the increasingly packed subways, a cold almost seems inevitable but this winter I’m going to try and keep my immune system strong by watching what I eat.  By boosting my diet full of necessary vitamins I hope I can avoid those dreaded sniffles.  What are your tricks to staying healthy in the winter?

 


 

How To Roast A Whole Head Of Garlic

 

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Properly roasted garlic might be one of the easiest and most delicious kitchen know-hows. Garlic is a healthy addition to any recipe: low in calories, packed with good-for-you antioxidants and spicy and savory flavor. But when roasted, it’s magically transformed into a perfectly sweet yet still subtly savory delicacy. Plus it really could not be easier to master how to make a whole, roasted garlic head.

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Vegetarian Mujadara

 

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Vegetarian Mujadara Posted 01/06/2015 by ITONOCHEL
Vegetarian Mujadara is a recipe filled with Rice and lentils with Roasted Vegetables, Chickpeas and Pine Nuts. This can be served as a main dish for vegetarians or as a side dish served hot alongside another main. It's not only beautiful and colorful, it's also nutritious and delicious. From Chef Chasan Ali, resident Chef at Regina Restaurant.

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Winter Salad Healthy Comfort Food

 

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Winter for me can be associated with two things: Comfortable food and comfortable clothes.

We’re talking bulky sweaters, big warm blankets and big bowls of mac and cheese or soup. It’s easy to bulk up over the winter months when your tummy is well hidden under layers and all you want is food that warms your body and soul. It’s hard to find vegetables that give you that feeling, especially since many of the veggies available aren’t in season and may be kind of sad looking. Needless to say, a big bowl of veggies isn’t exactly what comes to mind in the winter time, but that’s about to change.


 

One Bread, One Soup, One Dinner

 

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Soup and bread make for a warm winter meal that can be both simple and nutritious. Soups can easily become a wholesome and filling meal, just by pairing them with some freshly baked bread. The combination of the two is also timeless.

There are so many health-conscious people who have some sort of bread phobia — you know who you are. You’re afraid of the starch content, or perhaps you don’t like carbohydrates in general. You think it will make you fat. But don’t be afraid of bread, especially not bread you make yourself.


 

Another Way Your Family Can Eat Meat

 

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I’m sure that this is how all of our grandparents ate. That Shabbat chicken was probably the only meat for the week – and it was probably shared by the entire family plus guests. The rest of the week, it was that illusion of meat – the chicken-scented broth – that kept everyone happy.

I’m sure you’re aware that meat consumption affects our health, our finances, even the environment. And just maybe you know deep down that you and your family are never going to give meat or dairy up. I get that and respect it.

But you know what? Eating less meat and dairy need not be all or nothing. You don’t need to say good-bye to meat and dairy for the rest of your life to enjoy more plant based foods.


 

Chilled Mulled Pomegranate Wine with Pomegranate...

 

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Chilled Mulled Pomegranate Wine with Pomegranate Ice Posted 01/01/2015 by Melinda Strauss
Instead of drinking your wine right out of the bottle, spice it up for summer with some citrus, cinnamon sticks and fresh herbs. Add some homemade pomegranate seed ice cubes to cool you down and impress your friends.

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Cooking With Joy: Mexican Skirt Steak Salad

 

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This was my first time cooking skirt steak. I have eaten it many times. When Hubs and I go out he usually orders a softer piece of meat like a filet or short ribs and I usually order a chewier saltier piece like hanger or skirt. So I was really looking forward to making this recipe!


 

10 Healthy Mains and Worth-it Desserts

 

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Aren’t we lucky to have two new years and subsequently two calendar designated times to starting fresh? I’ve been reading a book (fine you caught me, a diet book) about the French approach to diet.  To sum it up, the word diet should be banished.  Eating healthy depends on the individual, we all need different things and occasionally we all need a treat.  Below are 5 healthy, easy weeknight meals and 5 treats for, well, no explanation necessary.

 


 

Crowd Pleasing Cocktail Punch Recipes

 

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Punch has grown up from the days of the Kool-Aid Man, but that doesn’t mean the kids can’t still enjoy it. Punches can run the gamut from non-al- coholic, G-rated batches that are fun for the whole family (but often taste like sugar-saturated, camp “Bug Juice”) to boozy, knock-your-socks-off, frat-party concoctions (that would only be suitable for Purim, if then!).  The two punches I have created for you walk the delicate line between the two extremes. Both recipes are balanced: maybe a little sophisticated for a punch, but nothing that the whole family won’t enjoy. The flavors and colors are in keeping with the season, and each one can be made with or without the alcohol to suit your crowd.

Just remember that you really can’t go wrong here as long as you keep taste-testing along the way. A little less fruit or a little more bubbles won’t hurt anything!!


 

5 Hot Cocoa Drinks For Winter Warmth

 

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I love tummy warming hot drinks, even in the summer, but especially during the cool winter months. I drink about 3 large glasses of green tea a day (I have appropriated Hubby’s big beer mug for this noble effort) and a tall hot cocoa a few times a week. The kiddies have followed suit and regularly beg for tea, which someone usually manages to spill and when I say usually, I do mean always!

Last night, the boys were out and my 3-year old was busting out of strapped safely in her high chair so I decided to make something warm and sweet and chocolaty for my girls.


 

A Healthy Brunch Menu

 

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As I sit down to write up this menu, I am still full from the Sunday birthday brunch I just came from for my almost 9 year old niece.  My sister in law did got raves for her egg casserole and pecan streusel french toast shuffle, which she noted are her faves because she can prep the the night before.  They were delicious, but after hearing about them, I have to note they were not the healthiest.


 

The Secret To Rich Chocolatey Desserts *Giveaway*

 

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Chocolate and coffee and go together like chocolate and vanilla.   Coffee highlights the chocolate deep, rich flavor without imparting flavor of its own. There are many ways to get the coffee flavor, but my new favorite way is this Double Espresso Liqeuer form Morad winery in Israel.  They just started bringing in the Doulbe Espresso, so look for it in your liquor store by you or ask them to get it for you.  It is wonderful to sip over ice or to mix with a dairy  milk based cocktail, but I am most excited about the way it pairs with chocolate.


 

Cooking With Joy: Pretzel Chicken

 

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This recipe seemed like a great way to jazz up the common schnitzel or chicken nugget, and who doesn’t love a good dipping sauce? To me and Hubs our favorite thing about going to a schnitzel bar is getting to taste all the sauces and slathering them on sandwiches. So I was looking forward to tasting this herbed curried mustard.


 

20 Healthy, Homemade Chinese Dinners

 

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There’s a certain day in December when an extraordinary number of Jews head out to their local Chinese restaurant to enjoy a healthy dose of delicious wok-fried foods.  If you don’t have a kosher Chinese place near you or you’re looking to make some healthy changes to your favorite Chinese restaurant worthy recipes, then have no fear below are 20 soup, appetizer, vegetarian, and main meals to help you get your fried fix.