White Bean, Avocado and Tomato Salad (Parve)

Found on All Recipes this is a quick and nutritious salad which can be used as a main course.

1 can 14 ounce cannelloni beans drained and rinsed
1 pint grape tomatoes cut in half
1 large avocado cut in chunks
4 green onions sliced thin
2 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablepsoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Place the beans, tomatoes, avocado, and green onions into a mixing bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss until combined. Serve immediately or chill overnight.

Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash (Dairy)

A breast cancer survivor, I took a wonderful class at Gilda’s Club in Chicago which taught among other things, healthy eating habits. We Kalewere treated to wonderful dinners at each class.  This recipe was one of them. I’ve made it several times. The recipe is adapted from http://www.eisforeat.com Cheese can be eliminated to make this salad parve.


  • 1/2 pound butternut squash, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 large bunch kale
  • 1/4 cup salted pumpkin seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon
  • salt and pepper


1. Mix the squash with a drizzle of olive oil, the maple syrup, salt and pepper. Put squash on non stick foil and roast at 400 for 15 minutes until just cooked.
2. Trim kale leaves off of center stem (throw out stems.) Wash and dry kale and using a food processor with a slicing blade, run the kale through to shred the kale. Place in a bowl and sprinkle seeds and cheese on top.
3. Combine oil, vinegar, dijon and salt and pepper well (I put ingredients in a covered food saver and shake well.
4. Pour dressing over all, mix well and sprinkle butternut squash cubes on top.
5. The salad can be served immediately, but is nice made ahead a few hours or overnight for flavors to come together.


Broccoli Cheese Soup (Dairy)

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 3.23.19 PMUnfortunately the only way I think to make a creamy broccoli soup without the use of milk or cream is to used processed cheese (the orange stuff that kids like!)  This soup takes 30 minutes to make and is remarkably easy and quick. Because the fresh broccoli is ground with an immersible blender, there is no need to worry about obtaining “kosher” fresh broccoli. Makes 10 servingsBroccoli Cheese Soup


1 large carrot cut in chunks
1/2 large onion roughly cut
3 large crowns fresh broccoli
1 container (quart) low sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
8 slices processed American cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1. In stock pan, place onions, carrots, broccoli, broth and water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to slow simmer and cook for 30 minutes until vegetables are very soft.
2. With an immersible blender, blend the vegetables and soup together to a creamy consistency.
3. Turn off heat, add 8 ounces of sliced American cheese. Cover pot and let sit for a few minute. Process again until creamy and smooth.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Lemon Chicken (Meat)

Moist and so full of flavor, this chicken dish is so very easy to put together. Leftovers are a great add in for a green salad.

boneless, chicken breasts (or boneless skinless chicken thighs) (about 1 and1/2 pounds) cut into large serving pieces
1/3 cup olive oil
juice of 1.5 large lemons plus several more slices of lemon
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small bunch fresh thyme
1 teaspoon dried oreganochicken


Preheat oven 375 degrees

Combine olive oil with chopped onion, lemon juice, garlic, thyme and oregano. Let sit for about 30 minutes to left flavors steep.

Sprinkle a little olive oil in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Place chicken pieces in single layer. Pour combined sauce over chicken pieces coating everything well. Disperse a few slices of lemon across the dish.  Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes until cooked through.

Serve with noodles or rice with chicken and juices.


Spicy Black Bean Soup (Parve)

Adapted from a recipe online, we loved this soup!  Winter is such a perfect time for soup. It makes a large quantity and is so filling. We are able to eat much of the week, and my husband never tires of it! I use my food processor to chop the onions, celery, garlic and jalapeño.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped fine
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 4½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 jalapeño chopped (or can use 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes)
  • 4 (15-ounce) cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnishes: diced avocado, tortilla chips, salsa


  1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium and add the onions, celery and carrot and a light sprinkle of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetable are soft, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, cumin and jalapeño and cook  about 30 seconds. Pour in the beans and broth and bring to a simmer. Cook beans are very tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Using a stick blender blend most of the soup, leaving some whole beans and carrots (don’t worry about amounts, and you will know when you see it!) Stir in lime juice and salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with tortilla chips, diced avocado, salsa.. and if you want to be dairy, use some sour cream or grated sharp cheddar.