Author Archives: israelisalad

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.

Apples to Apples(auce)

Today, the apples were calling me. It’s not their fault. They didn’t mean to make trouble. As usual, we’ll blame it on the baby. Continue reading

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Heart Health Challenge, Day 4: Fresh Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin is versatile and mixes well with other vegetables and both sweet and savory spices. Perhaps this is how “pumpkin” became a term of endearment, along with “dear,” “sweetheart,” etc. Maybe calling someone pumpkin is like saying, “We complete each other.”  Continue reading

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Heart Health Challenge, Day 2: Red Lentil Mujadra

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart! We’ll stop there. Many people get hung up on the continuation and because of the unpleasant side effects of beans, don’t regularly consume legumes. Legumes, however, really are good for your heart! High … Continue reading

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30 Day Heart Health Challenge and Edamame

Have you ever done a 30 Day Challenge? The idea of taking a month to try something new or change a habit has become very popular in the last few years. There are TED talks, support groups, and books dedicated to … Continue reading

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Roasted Bell Pepper Dip

The black-necked wag-tails are flitting about, we haven’t used the air conditioner in weeks, and packages of tissues are disappearing faster than cookies. Here in Israel, our clocks fell back last night, following the fall leaves. Now, untwist your tongue and … Continue reading

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Lite Chocolate Date Nut Cake

One chilly evening, ten years ago, I sat in a cafe in Jerusalem with my parents and brand-new husband, taking a quiet night off from sheva brachos celebrations. When the waiter, dressed in crisp black and white, glided over to … Continue reading

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Six Tips for Successful Car Trips with Kids

“Aaaah! She’s bothering me!!” wails my son from back seat. “He hit me!” follows instantly. “What now?” I ask. “She breathed my air!” the little one shouts back. “There’s enough air for everyone,” I answer. “Let’s play a game…” After … Continue reading

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Energy Bites, 3 Ways (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Fasting on Yom Kippur is one of the most widely-observed Jewish practices. Polls conducted in recent years have revealed that 73% of Israelis fast on Yom Kippur. Whether it is for religious reasons, or an affiliation with tradition and Jewish … Continue reading

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Honey-Glazed Roasted Carrots and Beets

Honey, sometimes life stings. Wherever we choose to live and work or study, whoever we choose to associate with, however we budget our time and money, there will always be a mix of advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes we get to … Continue reading

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3 Ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten Free)

Taste can be a strong memory trigger. Even in our adult years, we find ourselves comparing drinks to medicine our mothers made us take as toddlers or reaching for “comfort foods” that remind us of home when we are feeling … Continue reading

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