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Kosher Food: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Kid-Friendly Breaded and Baked Chicken Breasts
For families with hungry, growing children, these Breaded Baked Boneless Chicken Breasts are the answer to your prayers. These are an economical, healthier and tastier main dish for your kids than frozen fried chicken, hot dogs or processed sandwich meat.
Kosher Garlic and Dill Pickled Cucumbers (Parve)
My father made these Pickled Cucumbers when I was growing up. I tried them once, and my kids fell in love with them. Now every morning they ask me to make them a pita stuffed with humus and these pickles for school. I call them old fashioned pickles because they don't use pickling mixes or any such modern ingredients. In this recipe the cucumbers are pickled in water, salt, vinegar, garlic and dill.
What Makes Certain Foods Kosher?
What is Kosher Food? Read a succinct, clear definition of kosher food.
Guide to Popular Kosher Symbols
Use this Guide to Popular Kosher Food Labels in America to understand the kosher certification symbols printed on the packages of prepared kosher food items.
How Much Tuna Can You Safely Eat?
What is healthy about tuna? What is unhealthy about tuna? Which tuna is best to eat? How much tuna is safe to eat? The EPA provides guidelines for the safe amount of tuna to eat.
Make Classic Israeli Salad in a Snap
Israeli salad, finely diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers topped with olive oil, lemon juice and salt, is light, healthy and fresh tasting.
Sauteed Mushrooms in Cream Sauce: A Delicious...
Use this easy-to-make Sauteed Mushrooms in Cream Sauce recipe when you want to serve a delicious dairy side dish. It can also be served on top of pasta.
Top 10 Krugel Recipes
Kugels have been a staple of Jewish cooking for centuries. Kugel, which means
What Is Parve? A Quick Guide
Parve is a Hebrew term (pareve is the Yiddish term) that describes food without any meat or dairy ingredients. Jewish dietary laws considers pareve food to be neutral; Pareve food can be eaten with both meat and milk dishes. Fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables are parve.
Are Kosher Hot Dogs Better Than Regular Hot Dogs?
Brief history of the hot dog highlighted by the popularity of kosher hot dogs amid more than just the small, kosher-observant Jewish population.
2-Minute Cole Slaw (Pareve)
I like to be able to quickly make a variety of salads, especially in the summer. They add a colorful, healthy and light touch to everyday and Sabbath meals. Simply buy a package of ready-cut vegies, combine a few ingredients for the dressing, and stir. In addition to being a quick-fix, I like this 2-Minute Cole Slaw recipe because it is not too heavy and saucy.
Make Delicious Breaded Baked Chicken for...
This recipe for Breaded Baked Chicken is quick, easy, loved by all and even good the next day. What else could anyone ask of a recipe? This is a great Sabbath lunch entree.
Marinated Pargiot (Meat)
Whenever boneless chicken thighs (called Pargiot in Hebrew) go on sale, we buy, marinate and grill or cook them. Boneless chicken thighs are a tender, moist cut of chicken, and this marinade packs the meat with great flavor. We especially enjoy pargiot during the summer months because they are a lite source of protein. Serve these delicious Pargiot with rice and roasted vegetables for a delicious and satiating Shabbos or weekday family meal.
6 Recipes for the Perfect Jewish Sabbath Dinner...
Friday night dinner is the time when my family transitions from our busy and often stressful daily life to a more spiritual time. We set the Sabbath table with a white tablecloth and our best dishes. Candles, wine and challah loaves add a festive feel to the table. Then we sing
What Is Glatt Kosher? Definition and Customs
What is Glatt Kosher? Kosher Food.
The 8 Jewish Dietary Laws for Keeping Kosher
A person keeps kosher if he or she follows Jewish Dietary Laws. What are Jewish Dietary Laws (the laws of kashrut)?
Levana Kirshchenbaum's Kosher Chocolate Chip...
Too many times I've wanted to make Chocolate Chip Cookies, but discovered that either my margarine was not soft enough (at room temperature) or I did not even have margarine. So I was thrilled to find this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies made with vegetable oil in Levana Kirshchenbaum's cookbook, Levana's Table.
Make Everyone's Hanukkah Favorite: Traditional...
Fried food is traditionally eaten on Hanukkah in commemoration of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem. Fried Potato Pancakes (called Latkes in Yiddish and Levivot in Hebrew) are the hands-down, mouth-open holiday favorite.
A Super-Easy Potato Kugel Recipe
Moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, this dish is a staple of Eastern European Jewish cooking. There are many versions; this is my favorite.
How to Make Sweet Cottage Cheese Noodle Kugel...
This Sweet Dairy Noodle Kugel - made with egg noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs and sugar - has old-fashioned flavor. It is a great brunch dish, when served with bagels and spreads. It is also the perfect dish to serve at the end of a fast such as Tisha B'Av or Yom Kippur.
Menus for Jewish Sabbath Meals
These various kosher menus for Jewish Sabbath meals aim to help make your Shabbat a wonderful experience for you, your family and your guests. Find menus and recipes for low carb and nutritious, quick and easy, winter, summer, spring and fall Sabbath meals.
Sushi Salad (Pareve)
This Sushi Salad is a great way to enjoy the great taste of sushi without all the time and effort required to prepare sushi.
Russian Potato Salad (Parve)
This Russian Potato Salad is hearty and delicious. The peas and carrots add color and flavor that set this salad apart from other potato salads. For a pleasing summer meal, serve this potato salad with fried chicken.
What is Kosher?
What is Kosher Food?: Kosher food is food prepared in accordance with Jewish Dietary Laws. What is Glatt
Impress Your Guests with the Best Beef Brisket
Beef Brisket, a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest, is a popular Jewish holiday entree. Jews traditionally prepare beef brisket by braising it in a roasting pot. Learn how to prepare great brisket. Read the reasons why to prepare Jewish brisket for the holidays.
Top Shabbat Chicken Recipes
Chicken is the most popular Shabbat entree. It is so versatile. Chicken is delicious whether roasted, fried, cooked, breaded, marinated, or stuffed. As such, I favor the easy-to-make chicken recipes. The following are my favorite chicken recipes for Jewish Sabbath meals.
Surprisingly Simple Baked Garlic Sea Bass with...
This Garlic Baked Sea Bass recipe is easy enough for novice fish cooks to master. Simply rub some olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper into this mild fish, and bake for 20 minutes. Sometimes it is surprisingly simple to prepare a delicious, healthy main dish.
How can we keep kosher at Walt Disney World in...
Are there kosher restaurants at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida? Where is there kosher dining at Disney World? How can you find kosher food to eat at Disney? Planning your kosher meals will enable you to better enjoy your visit to the Magic Kingdom.
Blintz Souffle (Dairy)
While Jews probably began making blintzes hundreds of years ago in Poland, they only began to use frozen blintzes to make this Blintz Souffle recipe in 20th-century America. When you have a crowd joining you for a dairy meal - such as for Sabbath, Shavuot, or the Nine Days - this easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing Blintz Souffle is the perfect dish to serve.
Israeli Chocolate Cinnamon Rugelach Pastries
While I prefer rugelach filled with preserves and nuts, my kids like chocolate rugelach the best. This version uses a hint of cinnamon in the chocolate.
Rice with Carrots (Pareve)
Rice with Carrots is easy to prepare. Simply saute onion and carrots, and then add rice and boiling water. My kids love this Sabbath side dish because the onions and carrots add sweet flavor to the rice.
How To Make Challah
Making challah is not as difficult as its final braided shape makes it appear to be. And any effort that is invested in making challah is well worth the result! The smell and taste of freshly baked challah can turn a house into a home.
Colorful Corn Salad (Parve)
When we have guests over in the summer, I like to put a variety of fresh salads on the table. This Corn Salad is one of my favorite salads to serve because it is colorful, delicious, and easy to make. This salad also perfect for summer cookouts or picnics because it is parve and travels well.
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (Parve)
These Chocolate Chip cookies are unique because they are made with oil instead of margarine and with whole wheat flour instead of white flour. The kids devoured them, even though they are healthy cookies. And my 12-year-old son commented that he felt more satiated after eating these whole wheat cookies than he usually feels after eating baked goods.
Breaded Fried Tofu - Tofu Schnitzel (Parve)
My 15-year-old son has become a vegetarian, and some days I struggle to find meatless dishes to satiate his teenage boy appetite. The other day when I was making chicken schnitzel for his siblings, I decided to make Tofu Schnitzel for him. I just sliced a tofu cake, breaded it and then fried it as if it was a piece of chicken. He loved it!
Potato Borekas (Parve)
I grew up in Israel eating borekas. We tended to eat potato-filled borekas for lunch on the Sabbath, and cheese-filled borekas for dinner, along with salad, during the week. Borekas are readily available in any Israeli grocery store, but homemade borekas can't be beat.
7 Favorite Kosher Brisket Recipes
In traditional Jewish cooking, the brisket - a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest - is braised as a pot roast. There are three secrets to cooking the perfect kosher brisket. Buy good brisket meat (meat #3 in Israel). Jewish brisket should be slow cooked. Choose any brisket recipe from this collection of Jewish brisket recipes. Thirdly, it is very important to slice the brisket correctly. Brisket must be sliced thinly and against the grain.
Kosher Israeli Chicken Schnitzel (Meat)
Schnitzel, which means cutlet in German, originally referred to deep-fried, breaded veal cutlets popular in German cuisine. The name and idea were borrowed by Jews, and today Israeli children are practically raised on chicken schnitzel.
Simple Roast Chicken (Meat)
Roast chicken proves that sometimes simple is better. Simply mix spices, coat chicken and then bake, uncovered, in the oven. You can make preparation and serving even easier by buying a chicken cut into eighths. The result is a moist and flavorful chicken entree that everyone will love.
Easy Shabbos Desserts
Don't you sometimes finish making the soup, matzo balls, fish, chicken, potatoes, vegetables, and salad and fun out of energy before it is time to make dessert? This list of really easy Shabbos desserts aims to be a helpful resource for you. When you're out of steam, look here to find Easy Shabbos Desserts you can whip up in just minutes.
How can I entertain a kosher guest in my...
My home is not kosher. I am hosting a Book Club meeting this week, and one of the members keeps kosher. What can I serve?
Easy Avocado Dip
Is that avocado you bought getting soft? Just mash it up with the back of a fork, and add some mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic and salt to create a kosher-pareve and child-friendly dip.
Eazy Lazy Meatballs (Meat)
One of the challenges I face in my life today is how to satiate the appetite of my always-hungry, 13-year-old son. I recently discovered that meatballs hit the spot. I call them Eazy Lazy Meatballs because they are easy enough for my son to make by himself so I can be lazy about dinner for a night or two.
Creamy Baked Potatoes (Dairy)
This recipe for Creamy Baked Potatoes proves, once again, that sometimes it is incredibly easy to put delicious food on the table. Just slice the potatoes, top them with cream, garlic, salt and pepper, and then bake. Your kids will be thrilled. For an easy Shavuot meal, serve these dairy potatoes after the soup, along with the salmon and salad, and before the cheesecake.
Tuna Pasta Salad (Parve)
For a healthy and satiating salad that your children may even enjoy, try this light, colorful and tasty Tuna Pasta Salad. With tuna, pasta and vegetables, the salad makes a yummy meal-in-one.
Potatoes Baked in Coconut Milk (Parve)
When God commanded the separation of meat and milk, He challenged us to find creative ways to eat creamy potatoes with meat meals. One easy and delicious solution is baking the potatoes is parve coconut milk instead of dairy milk. You can serve these Potatoes Baked in Coconut Milk with Roast Chicken at your upcoming Sabbath or holiday meal. Enjoy this easy-to-prepare, non-dairy scalloped potato recipe with a touch of curry flavor.
Baked Halibut (Parve)
This Baked Halibut recipe works well as a fish appetizer for a holiday dinner (gefilte fish substitute) or as a summer Shabbat dinner main dish, when the meal tends to be late and is best kept lite. Fish-eating vegetarians guests will be thrilled. Other white fish, such as cod or tilipia, can be used in this recipe instead of halibut.
Kosher Baked Apricot Chicken in Sauce
So simple and so good! This Apricot Chicken is my family's favorite saucy chicken recipe. I like to make it for Shabbat lunch because it is moist enough to serve the day after baked.
Pita with Zaatar (Parve)
So easy and so delicious. This recipe for Toasted Pita with Zaatar is a definite must-try. Serve with an Israeli or Greek Salad for a light summer meal.
Traditional Slow-Cooked Kosher Meat Cholent...
The quintessential Jewish food, originally a slow-cooked, bean-barley stew served during the Sabbath in Eastern Europe. This traditional recipe has beef in it.
Simple Baked Salmon Fillet with Garlic and Lemon
For a moist and flavorful salmon entree, simply drip seasonings on the fish, wrap the fillet tightly in foil, and bake. Easy; healthy and light; aesthetic.
Macaroni Salad for Kids (Parve)
This child-friendly Macaroni Salad can be the starchy side dish on your barbecue menu. While this simple pasta salad can be easily dressed up with cherry tomatoes, red onion, broccoli, carrots or other raw vegetables, my kids prefer it plain.
Kugel Yerushalmi - Jerusalem Kugel (Parve)
This uniquely-flavored savory kugel, of caramelized noodles spiced with black pepper, was brought to the city of Jerusalem by Eastern European Hasidic Jews in the eighteenth century. Thus the kugel is called Kugel Yerushalmi, which means Jerusalem Kugel. Kugel Yerushalmi is traditionally eaten after Sabbath morning prayer services - either for kiddish or lunch - along with cholent and pickles.
Baked Sesame Teriyaki Tofu (Parve)
Perhaps my vegetarian friends were afraid they would go home hungry. Whatever the reason, I'm glad they brought this Baked Sesame Teriyaki Tofu dish with them to Friday night dinner. We enjoyed this healthy, tasty side dish for dinner that night, and since then we have gotten in the habit of preparing it often for Shabbat. It is so easy to make that my kids can prepare it all by themselves.
Broccoli Kugel (Parve)
It's 5 p.m. on Friday. The Jewish Sabbath starts in two hours. My 16-year-old daughter walks in from the beach, and tells me she has to take a kugel to the potluck Shabbat dinner she is having with friends. I open up my freezer to find a bag of frozen broccoli. As fast as I can, I throw together this Broccoli Kugel. Boy was I surprised when she came home and told me the kugel was the hit of the party!
Onion Mushroom Cheese Omelet (dairy or parve)
Omelets make a nice weekday dinner, Sunday brunch, or holiday breakfast meal. They are especially great for growing teens and vegetarians, who need more protein in their diet. If you want a non-dairy omelet, make this omelet recipe with parve margarine and without cheese. For a delicious meal, that can be ready in just 10 minutes, try this Onion Mushroom Cheese Omelet recipe.
Homemade Iced Tea
Give your July 4th cookout a special homemade touch by serving this Old-Fashioned Iced Tea. Iced tea is easy to prepare, more economical than buying soda, juice and other flavored drinks, and deliciously refreshing to drink on a hot summer day.
Easy Cheese Borekas (Dairy)
A typical dinner in my Israeli home as a child included tuna salad or eggs, Israeli salad and cheese borekas. Borekas are readily available in any Israeli grocery store, but homemade borekas can't be beat. And kids enjoy preparing them. This easy cheese borekas recipe uses frozen puff pastry and mozzarella cheese.
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Cherries,...
A recipe for Israeli Couscous with Cherries and Pine Nuts, flavored with scallions, fresh mint, and a balsamic vinaigrette.
Kids' Favorite Chicken Wings (Meat)
I'd simply forgotten about chicken wings. We used to eat them a lot when I was a child, but I just forgot about making them for my own kids. Then we ate at Jo's house, and my kids haven't stopped asking for them since. So my kids will stop nagging, we're having Jo's Kids' Favorite Chicken Wings for dinner tonight!
Perfect Baked Potatoes (Dairy)
We used to prepare baked potatoes in the microwave. But we’ve discovered that baked potatoes are much tastier when slowly baked in the oven. Simply, wash and dry, puncture with a fork, rub olive oil and salt all around, and slowly bake in the oven. Serve with a green salad for a lite, but satiating meal.
The Ultimate Pareve Chocolate Cake
This kosher pareve chocolate cake recipe gets its rich chocolate flavor from a mix of bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder. The dairy free cake batter is perfect for Bundt cakes or layer cakes.
Healthier Hanukkah Cauliflower Latkes
These Cauliflower Latkes are perfect for Hanukkah or Passover. They are healthier and lower in carbohydrates than traditional Potato Pancakes. They are also easier to prepare than Potato Latkes. And in my humble opinion they are tastier. For an even healthier touch, add steamed and mashed broccoli to the pancake batter to create cauliflower-broccoli vegetable latkes for a nutritious Jewish holiday meal.
Simple Matzo Brei (Parve, Passover)
Matzo brei means fried matzo in Yiddish. During the week of Passover, matzo brei makes a popular breakfast, lunch and dinner dish. While there are fancier matzo brei recipes with vegetables and spices, my kids prefer to make and eat this simple matzo brei recipe.
Israeli Hummus (Pareve)
Hummus, made from garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chickpeas), is served as an appetizer, side dish or main course in Israel. Today grocery stores in Israel sell a variety of Hummus spreads (with pine nuts, with olive oil and paprika, with zaatar, with tahina...). Hummus tastes best when scooped up by a piece of warm Pita bread.
Fun Food Factory Tours
A listing of food factory tours featuring kosher product lines.
Do All Jews Keep Kosher?
Do All Jews Keep Kosher? What percentage of American Jews today observe Jewish Dietary Laws?
Kasha Varnishkas (Parve)
Kasha, or buckwheat groats, are nutritious and full of flavor. Kasha Varnishkas is a traditional Jewish dish that combines kasha with noodles. I like to make Kasha with Bowties for holiday meals because it brings with it memories of generations past and thus adds meaning to our holiday celebration.
Rosh Hashanah Menus and Recipes
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Special Rosh Hashanah food customs have developed over the centuries. Enjoy these traditional Ashkenazic Rosh Hashanah holiday dinner and lunch menus and recipes.
How to Make Gefilte Fish
Gefilte fish is traditionally served as a first course for Jewish Sabbath and holidays meals. You can make a large batch of gefilte fish in advance of the holiday or Shabbat, and store them in the freezer. Then just defrost, heat and serve for a festive and delicious first course. Here are recipes and step-by-step instructions for making gefilte fish.
Kids' Favorite Cucumber Salad (Parve)
This is the only salad my kids request. Simply wash cucumbers, slice (for thin, even slices a food processor is recommended), add spices, and refrigerate. Your family will enjoy, especially during the hot summer months, this sweet cucumber salad all week long.
Easy Vegetable Cheese Lasagna
My favorite comfort food is lasagna, and my favorite lasagna is this easy cheese lasagna filled with a variety of garden vegetables. This Cheese Vegetable Lasagna recipe is fun because it is different every time I make it. I choose which vegetables to include according to the season, price and diners' preferences.
Easy Cheese Cake (Dairy)
This is one of my favorite cheese cakes, and as cheese cakes go it is quite low in calories (though this has never stopped anyone from licking the plate and asking for more). This cake is a must in my house for Shavuot. I make it without a crust, but you can always add a cookie/butter crust of your choice (crush around 200 grams of plain cookies and mix with about 75 grams of melted butter).
Mandel Bread (Pareve)
Mandelbrot, which literally means almond (mandel) bread (brot), is a twice-baked hard bread similar to Italian biscotti. For classic, rich-tasting mandel bread, follow these directions, provided by Paula Levine Weinstein and Julie Komerofsky Remer, EXACTLY as they are written.
Pasta Bechamel - Creamy Macaroni and Cheese...
I had a problem. The boxed Macaroni and Cheese sets contain unhealthy chemicals, and my attempts to make homemade macaroni and cheese were failing because the cheese would get lumpy. My friend Jay Engelmayer, Senior Culinary Lecturer for the Jerusalem Culinary Institute, came to my rescue with this wonderful Pasta Bechamel recipe.
Matboucha
Matboucha, a traditional Moroccan dish, is so popular in Israel that it can be found right next to the Hummus on Israeli grocery store shelves. Once you make it yourself, you won't want to settle for store-bought Matboucha anymore. My neighbor in Israel, Carmit, came over and showed me how to make this Matboucha recipe. While Matboucha can be served hot or cold, we like it best cold on a cracker or fresh pita.
Hamburger (Meat)
Growing up in Israel, I foolishly thought kizizot were hamburgers. And then I went to America and met
Cornmeal Covered Fish Fillet (Parve)
This Cornmeal Covered Fish Fillet is similar to fried fish schnitzel, but it is lighter and more unique tasting. I've used this recipe to coat flounder, halibut, cod and sole. My children love to eat this fish with tartar sauce and lettuce in a fresh roll.
One Pot Shabbat (Meat)
This recipe cooks the chicken and the rice together in the same pot. The rice is delicious as it absorbs the juices from the chicken. Make sure that the chicken is sealed tightly when cooking so that the steam stays in the pot and keeps the chicken moist.
Kids Favorite Fried Rice (Parve)
This Fried Rice is my family's latest favorite dinner. It contains everything needed for dinner in one dish -- carbs from rice, protein from eggs, and nutrients from vegetables. We often change the vegies in the dish according to what we have on hand. And best of all when it comes to dinner prep, this delicious rice dish is easier to prepare then you would expect.
Mediterranean Rice Pilaf with Curry and Raisins...
Pilaf is a Middle Eastern and Central Asian dish in which a grain is browned in oil and then cooked in a seasoned broth. This Rice dish, with curry and raisins, tastes like a pilaf, even though the recipe skips browning. The Mediterranean flavor of this rice makes it the perfect side dish for a lamb entree.
Summer Shabbat Meals
Let's be honest - cooking in August feels something like swimming in January. The apron and the bathing suit feel out of season. But if you have guests coming for a Sabbath meal this summer, you will probably want to serve a festive, home-cooked meal despite the heat. These August Shabbat menus for Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch include quick recipes for lite dishes.
Ask the Rabbi - What makes milk kosher?
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked the explain the difference between milk certified as kosher and milk without a kosher symbol on the carton.
Israeli Chocolate Balls (Parve or Dairy)
I made these when I was in preschool in Israel, and my children make these in their preschools in Israel. Kids love to make them and eat them. Israelis call them Kadori Shokolad (Chocolate Balls), but elsewhere they are referred to as truffles. By rolling them in a variety of coverings (powdered sugar, coconut, or candy sprinkles), they can make a colorful dessert.
Coffee Meringue Cookies (Pareve, Passover)
I was looking for a lite, easy-to-serve, sweet dessert to end the Passover Seder. I tested these Coffee Meringue Cookies this Shabbos, and everyone, even the kids, loved them. In addition, they had a surprisingly pretty appearance as the coffee grains give the meringues a nice color and stripe. Best of all, I can prepare these a few days before the Seder and store in an airtight container.
Cooking with Sabras
Sabras is the Hebrew word for the prickly pear fruit. But more interesting to note, Sabras is slang for native Israeli Jews. Learn how to prepare prickly pear fruit recipes.
Savory Vegetable Kugel: A Favorite Parve...
This savory, pareve, vegetable kugel is a favorite among vegetarians who keep kosher. When made with matzo meal instead of flour, this kugel is a favorite among vegetarians who keep kosher for Passover.
Vegetarian Bean Cholent (Parve)
This vegetarian cholent is hearty and delicious, but much lighter than meat cholent recipes.
Honey Mustard Chicken (Meat)
This saucy Honey Mustard Chicken - with its curry and garlic kick - is perfect for Jewish holiday and Sabbath lunches because it does not dry out when reheated on the Shabbat Plata (hotplate). The honey in it makes is particularly fitting for Rosh Hashanah lunch. Serve with rice, which can be topped with the chicken's extra sauce, and a green salad or vegetable.
Broiled Tomatoes (Parve)
Dress up any meal with Broiled Tomatoes. Serve this healthy and tasty side dish with your breakfast eggs, your lunch bagel, or your chicken dinner. Simply slice the tomatoes in half, season with olive oil, garlic, rosemary or basil, salt and pepper, and broil for 15-20 minutes. Simply delicious.
Kosher Family Dinners
Studies show that kids who eat dinner with their families eat more nutritiously, feel less stressed, and perform better. Nevertheless, daily demands often sap our time and energy, making it hard to plan, shop and put meals on the table during the work week. These easy kosher recipes for family dinners are designed to help you give your children the nourishment, comfort and support they need.
Easy Sweet Potato Soup (Parve)
This is one of the easiest soup recipes I know, and fortunately it is also one of my kids' favorite soups. So if you've invited guests for Shabbos who have children or you need to prepare a tasty soup but have limited energy, this is the recipe for you. Simply saute the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, onion and garlic, add broth and seasonings, boil and cream with an immersion blender. Healthy, quick and delicious soup.
Easy Baked Nile Perch (Parve)
This Nile Perch recipe is easy enough for novice fish cooks to master and tasty enough for novice fish eaters to enjoy. Just count to three for a delicious and healthy main dish. One, rub mayonnaise on the fish. Two, sprinkle spices on the fish. Three, bake. Sometimes it is surprisingly simple to prepare great food.
Tuna Pie (Dairy)
This Tuna Pie is not only a favorite recipe in our home, it is also a favorite recipe on our neighborhood in Israel. It is one of those recipes that every asks for after eating it at Sabbath lunch.
Baked Zucchini Sticks (Parve)
Looking for a dish that is healthy of enough for you and tasty enough for your kids? These Baked Zucchini Sticks will meet all your family's culinary needs. Serve as a first course for any holiday meal or as a Shabbos side dish. Simply dip the zucchini slices in eggs and spiced bread crumbs, and then bake. Nutritious and delicious.
Bagels (Parve)
Eastern European Jews brought bagels to North America in the late 19th century. Although bagels are considered
Simple Tuna Pie (Parve)
If your kids like tuna, this Tuna Fish Pie is a very simple way to turn it into a meal. Simply lay out the defrosted dough, fill it with the tuna mixture, and bake. The recipe does not include cheese or other milk products, but it does include eggs.
Baba Ghanoush
Baba Ghanoush - also known as Baba Ghanouj and Baba Ganoush - is a dip or spread made of roasted eggplant and tahini. Simply roast the eggplant, scoop out the softened pulp, and then puree with tahini and seasonings. The seasonings used in this recipe for Baba Ghanoush are garlic, lemon juice, parsley and salt. Dip fresh pita bread or cut vegetables into the Baba Ghanoush for a healthy snack.
Israeli Pita Bread (Parve)
Warm pita, hummus and Israeli salad reminds me of eating outside on a peaceful, summer evening in Israel. You can use this recipe to make your own Israeli Pita Pockets (pitot in Hebrew).
Easy Sesame Noodles (Parve)
After having these Sesame Noodles for Shabbat lunch at a friend's house, I called her on Saturday night for the recipe. This recipe is lighter than other sesame noodles I have tried. I also liked adding an easy to make, flavorful, pareve, pasta side dish recipe to my Shabbos recipe collection.
Easy Kosher Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is a great way to use chicken left-over from making soup. This recipe is easy because the crust is made from frozen puff pastry dough. Parve margarine makes it possible for a creamy chicken pie to be kosher. Serve for Shabbat lunch or a Sukkot holiday meal.
Top 10 Kosher Cheesecake Recipes for Shavuot
As it is customary to eat dairy food on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, it is no wonder that cheesecake has become the most popular Shavuot dessert. This page offers a variety of cheesecake recipes - including Fast, Vegan, Low Fat, Gourmet, and more - so you can find the cheesecake recipe that best meets your holiday menu needs.
What is Treif?
Non-kosher food, food not in accord with Jewish dietary laws, is called treif.
Kosher Double Chocolate Gooey Brownies (parve)
Years ago my cousin served this as the Sabbath lunch dessert. It is easy to make, can be served after a meat meal (it is parve), and loved by children. I suggest adding this Double Chocolate Gooey Brownie Recipe to your Shabbat pareve dessert recipe collection.
Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives (Meat)
Want to make a chicken dish with Israeli flavor? My neighbor Carmit showed me how to make her family’s favorite chicken - Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives. She covers the chicken with lemons and olives, along with her grandmother’s Sephardic spices, to create a delicious and easy-to-make main course for Friday night dinner.
Moroccan Carrot Salad (Parve)
Carrots flavored with cumin and garlic are a classic dish in Morocco. Whenever I want to add a colorful and flavorful side salad to a meal, I find this Moroccan Carrot Salad does the trick.
Blended Vegetable Soup (Parve)
One of my favorite kitchen tools is an immersion blender. The immersion blender makes it possible to easily make delicious and healthy vegetable soup. Just boil vegetables under tender, blend and spice. The soup is also economical because you can use whatever leftover vegetables you have in the house - cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, onion, cabbage, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, celery, kohlrabi and more.
Fresh Strawberry Cake
An all-natural, kosher, dairy-free recipe for Fresh Strawberry Cake, made with pureed ripe strawberries.
Top 10 Kosher Soup Recipes
Chicken soup is. Kosher Food.
Oreo Balls (Dairy)
My wife came back from Atlanta with this recipe for Oreo Balls, claiming that these cookies served at her nephew's bar mitzvah were extraordinary. My first reaction was that buying Oreos means not having to prepare treats, as Oreos are treats enough. But my second reaction, after my wife prepared the Oreo Balls herself, was that mixing cream cheese with Oreos and covering them in chocolate does, surprisingly, turn good into great. Guess what goes our my Purim baskets this year?
What Happens at a Passover Seder? A Quick Guide...
Each Passover, the story of the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt is told at a special feast called the Passover Seder. Seder is the Hebrew word for order. This festive meal is conducted in an orderly way so that all the mitzvot (God's commandments) of Passover will be performed during the meal. Find a traditional menu and recipes for the Passover Seder.
Sweet and Sour Lettuce Salad (Parve)
My Hungarian father makes this special Sweet and Sour Lettuce Salad, and my pickle-loving daughter gobbles it up. It is gentler than sauerkraut, but also dresses up meat sandwiches or makes a flavorful side dish.
Israeli Shakshouka (Parve)
It is 7 p.m., there are only a few eggs and vegetables in the fridge, and, of course, all the kids are
Israeli Breakfast
To avoid the hot sun, Israel’s pioneer farmers would work in the early morning. After the day heated up and their appetites were large, they would break for a hearty meal of bread, olives, cheese, and vegetables. While few Israelis today take the time to eat this full morning meal, Israeli hotels generally serve a large, varied and satiating “Israeli breakfast” to tourists.
Homemade Crepes (Pareve)
If you can scramble an egg, then you can make homemade crepes or blintzes. Just mix eggs, water, flour and salt, pour a bit in a frying pan, cook until it pulls away from the side of the pan, and turn out into a plate. Your kids can fill them with Nutella or jelly for a great treat, or you can fill them with sauteed mushrooms, mashed potatoes or cheese for a festive appetizer.
Hanukkah: Menu and Recipes
Read a succinct explanation of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Get a traditional Hanukkah meat menu, a traditional Hanukkah dairy menu, and favorite Hanukkah recipes.
Crunchy Cabbage Salad (Pareve)
Crunchy Cabbage Salad is a great way to serve cabbage and add another fresh vegetable dish to a meal. While it looks and tastes like a lot of work, it is actually very easy to assemble.
The Great Garbanzo: Chickpeas
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are edible legumes. As a pareve source of protein, chickpeas are a valued ingredient in kosher cooking. Sephardic Jews have long cooked with chickpeas. In Israel, as in other Middle Eastern countries, the beans are popularly used for dishes like hummus and falafal. Ashkenazi Jews traditionally serve chickpeas at the Shalom Zachar celebration for baby boys, and they have recently started to add chickpeas to stews, soups and salads.
Susie Fishbein's Purple Cabbage Salad (Parve)
Susie Fishbein includes this recipe for Purple Cabbage Salad in her Passover by Design cookbook. This colorful salad, contributed by her friend Beth Eidman, can be prepared early in the day of the Passover Seder and then served as a Pesach salad or side dish.
Spinach and Cheese Pasta (dairy)
This Spinach and Cheese Pasta has become a regular family dinner in our home. It can be easily prepared in just 10 minutes, and it contains a starch, protein and green vegetable all in one. Plus, the pasta-spinach-cheese combination is so delicious that even those who are not pasta enthusiasts will like it.
Sloppy Joe (Meat)
It's Sloppy Joe's fault. Upon returning home from school one day, my 15-year-old son was greeted by Sloppy Joe. His stomach began to gurgle and his mouth began to water, and then my son, a vegetarian of two years, became a carnivore. I thank this winning recipe for converting my son and making my life as the family chef easier.
What is Mehadrin?
Mehadrin refers to the most stringent level of kosher supervision.
Egg Souffle (Dairy)
This light and cheesy kosher Egg Souffle is perfect for a Sunday family meal. Serve with fresh bagels and fruit salad.
Latkes Recipes
Fried Potato Pancakes, called Latkes in Yiddish and Levivot in Hebrew, are the most popular Hanukkah food. While traditional latkes are made from potatoes, today one can find many creative twists to the traditional latkes recipe. They include sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli, leek, cheese and even tuna latkes.
Baked Gefilte in Tomato Sauce (Parve)
Why work hard when you don't have to? You can enjoy great tasting gefilte fish without spending all day in the kitchen. Simply buy a frozen gefilte fish loaf, cover with tomato sauce, and bake. Baked Gefilte Fish in Tomato Sauce is an easy and delicious Shabbos appetizer.
Tangy Baked Chicken (Meat, Passover)
Our South African friend David served this Tangy Baked Chicken for Shabbat during Passover. Just mix together the marinade ingredients, which are economical, flexible and kosher for Passover. Let the chicken marinate for a few hours or overnight. And bake. The resulting chicken is so delicious that your Sabbath guests are likely to ask for the recipe.
Top 12 Appetizers for Sabbath Meals
A festive appetizer helps to differentiate a Sabbath meal from a weekday family meal. Each of these hors d'oeuvres is parve so it can be served with a meat or dairy meal. Enjoy these favorite Jewish holiday and Shabbat first courses.
Chicken Marsala (Meat)
Chicken Marsala, a classic Italian chicken dish, makes a wonderful Sabbath entree. Serve with parve mashed potatoes and a green vegetable for a simple-to-make and delicious-to-eat dinner.
Kosher Peanut Butter Cookies (Pareve and...
Deborah Cigary emailed in this recipe for kosher Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies. Give this easy, three-ingredient (peanut butter, sugar, egg) recipe to your kids, and let them prepare a delicious, parve dessert for the whole family this Shabbos. I just made a batch, and my son walked into the kitchen and said
Adaptable Shabbat Torte (Parve)
Our cousin from Minneapolis, who regularly hosts Shabbos meals for large crowds, has become reliant on this Adaptable Shabbat Torte lately. Meryll claims that once you get the hang of the cake, you can make it on autopilot in less than 10 minutes. Another plus is that everyone is very likely to have the ingredients for this kosher Shabbos cake on hand. Furthermore, you can change the fruit used in the recipe each week so no one will ever get tired of the cake.
Tuna Noodle Casserole (Dairy)
Susan Portman is a talented artist who also knows how to cook artfully. Susan highly recommends this Tuna Noodle Casserole, as it is an easy-to-make crowd-pleaser.
Gazpacho Soup (Parve)
Gazpacho is the perfect summer dish. This tomato-based, raw vegetable soup is lite, refreshing and even thirst-quenching. And no heat is needed to prepare this cold soup - just chop, mix and chill. Gazpacho makes a wonderful appetizer for Friday night dinner or Shabbos lunch during the hot summer months.
Deli Roll (Meat)
I was served this Deli Roll for a Shabbat appetizer at a friend's house, and I immediately knew the recipe was destined for this Kosher Food site. Everyone, including the kids, loved the look and taste of this easy to prepare first course.
Perfect Parmesan Quinoa Side Dish
Quinoa is so healthy, but I hadn't succeeded yet to find a way to prepare it so it is tasty enough for my crew. Then I saw this recipe for Parmesan Quinoa in Susie Fishbein's cookbook, Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Somethings. As it turns out, mixing quinoa with Parmesan cheese was the secret to making quinoa a popular dish in my home.
Whip Up Roasted Asparagus for Any Special Meal
Roasted Asparagus is the perfect side dish for any Sabbath or Jewish holiday meal. It is easy to make, and the color and taste complement meat main dishes.
How to Make Sweet Brisket for Passover
Brisket, when correctly cooked and cut, is festive, fragrant, flavorful, and fork-tender. This simple brisket recipe produces moist, sweet meat. Enjoy this popular cut of breast meat for Passover Seder, Rosh Hashanah, or any Jewish holiday or Sabbath meal.
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed...
This Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is a refreshing summer salad. For a more festive salad, add either sliced purple onion or slivered almonds.
Fabulous Foodie Finds from the Land of Milk...
A roundup of kosher gourmet gifts that hail from Israel.
Top 10 Tips for Creative Kosher Cooking
Get tips for making kosher cooking creative, fun, fresh, and delicious.
Apple Cake (Parve)
What do you get when you cross apples with flour, oil, eggs, sugar and spice? This Apple Cake recipe from Ohio caterers Paula Levine Weinstein and Julie Komerofsky Remer. Since the desire to make a cake often arises spontaneously, great-tasting, kosher-parve dessert recipes with common, likely-to-be-in-the-pantry ingredients, are valuable.
10 Top Reasons People Keep Kosher. Hint:...
An explanation of 10 major reasons -- from religious, to sociological, to practical -- that people keep kosher.
Zucchini Basil Soup (Parve)
This Zucchini Basil Soup is super delicious and healthy. And it is surprisingly easy to prepare. Just saute onions, garlic and zucchini, add water and spices, simmer and puree. This parve Zucchini Soup can be served warm or cold. We like to eat it warm for Friday night dinner and cold for Sabbath lunch, as my kids like to dunk their challah into the soup.
Herb Baked Salmon (Parve)
This recipe for Herb Baked Salmon proves that preparing healthy, tasty kosher meals can be quick and easy. Just mix the oil and spices, marinate the fish for 30 minutes, and bake for 10-15 minutes. Serve with a fresh, green salad and baked potato for a satiating and delicious meal.
Brisket in Wine Sauce (Meat)
Jamie Geller, author of Quick and Kosher Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing, contributed this recipe for Brisket in Wine Sauce. Geller once again demonstrates how delicious and festive dishes can be easily and quickly prepared. Brisket is a popular Jewish holiday entree, especially for Rosh Hashanah and Passover.
Easy Eggplant Parmesan (Dairy)
Israelis love eggplant (chatzil in Hebrew) because it is economical, versatile, easy to prepare, and delicious in many different forms. Eggplant Parmesan, a common Italian dish, is an especially popular dish on Shavuot, when dairy foods are served.
Cheesy Baked Zucchini Sticks (Parve)
By adding a bit of cheese to these baked zucchini sticks, we have created an extra delicious appetizer that makes a great Shavuot first course. Simply dip the zucchini slices in eggs and bread crumbs mixed with grated cheese and spices, and then bake. Your holiday guests will be impressed when you serve these Cheesy Baked Zucchini Sticks with Cheese Blintzes and Spinach Balls.
Kosher Chocolate Mousse Cake (Pareve)
Pareve cakes are an important part of a kosher recipe collection because they allow one to finish a festive meat meal with a festive dessert. This sweet, moist mousse cake is the perfect ending to a Sabbath family meal.
Fried Eggplant and Red Pepper Salad (Parve)
This Fried Eggplant and Red Pepper Salad is delicious. The down side is that the recipe requires frying, which increase prep time and fat content. The up side is that everyone will leave your table raving about the tasty eggplant dish. Serve as an appetizer, salad, or side dish for a Jewish holiday or Sabbath dinner or lunch.
Spring Shabbat Meals
Spring is here, and those long, hot, summer Sabbath days are just around the corner. Days for relaxing, reading, resting and recharging our batteries for the work week ahead. These days call for lite - but still festive - Shabbat menus. These Spring Sabbath menus include kosher recipes for grilled fish or chicken, barley and a variety of salads.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Beets (Parve,...
This Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Beets recipe comes from Tamar Ansh's wonderful Kosher for Passover cookbook, A Taste of Tradition: Pesach - Anything's Possible! This parve vegetable side dish is healthy, simple to make, special to serve, and complementary to any meat, poultry, fish or vegetarian main dish served for the Passover Seder meal.
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