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About israelisalad

I'm an American-Israeli mother who loves to make healthy food from fresh ingredients, on a budget and with limited time. My site is full of easy, healthy recipes and insights into life in Israel.

Easy 5-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake

There are some childhood flavors that stick with you no matter where you move. For me, it’s peanut butter that’s stuck. This easy, 5-ingredient cheesecake brings together the nostalgic flavor of a classic American sandwich and a popular Israeli no-bake … Continue reading

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Yom Yerushalayim 2017- Forever My Jerusalem

One spring evening, a few years ago, I was privileged to be part of a small group of women sitting on the porch of Puah Shteiner in Jerusalem’s Old City, listening to her first-hand account of her exile from and … Continue reading

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Granola-Crust Cheesecake Fruit Tart

As the holiday of Shavuot nears, the smell of cheesecake is in the air. Well, not just yet, but at least the recipes are already flying around the internet and the playground benches. We eat cheesecake on Shavuot because it … Continue reading

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Summer-Friendly One-Pot Shabbos Solution: Couscous Chicken

Even people who love to cook, like me, have those weeks when they don’t want to spend all Friday in the kitchen. In the winter, Fridays are simply too short, but chicken soup and cholent are a popular, easy go-to … Continue reading

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Chili-Free Chili

Recently, I participated in a video conference for write-from-home mothers. One of the tips offered in the lesson on time management was to realize that there is no such thing as a “normal” week for a mother. Over the week since … Continue reading

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Green Salad with Avocado Dressing

Kermit said it best: It’s not easy being green.  I love a colorful table. Vegetables of different colors each contain high amounts of different vitamins and nutrients, and dietitians and nutritionists will recommend eating from the different categories of fruits … Continue reading

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Matbucha

Budget Tip #1: Waste Not, Want Not I had some tomatoes and peppers that were starting to look over the hill, not rotten or moldy, but definitely tired. Normally, I use vegetables like this in soup or tomato sauce. It’s … Continue reading

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Citizenship, Stalactite Caves, and Star Cupcakes

Twelve years ago, on May 3, 2005, I became officially Israeli. I had already been living in Israel for a year and a half, but I updated my status to “citizen.” The whole thing was rather anti-climactic–no Nefesh B’Nefesh hats, … Continue reading

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Yom Hazikaron

I remember my first trip to Israel, summer 2001. On my program of about 100 girls, there were four Israelis. We were headed up north when Sbarro’s Pizzeria was bombed. The bus turned around to drop off two girls at … Continue reading

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Pull-Apart Roasted Garlic Eggplant

Every year, after Pesach, I try to cook healthier. When the kitchen is already empty, it’s the perfect time to pass over the junk when I’m restocking. I think, this will finally be the year when I stop buying white … Continue reading

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