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.

Camp Mommy 2018, Week 1 Highlights

Week one highlights. Yes, it’s already been two weeks, but we’ve been so busy living it all that I haven’t had time to write it all up. Let’s start with a riddle. What is in this picture? Read to the … Continue reading

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Camp Mommy 2018, Day 1

I’m back and ready for a fun summer of Kaytanat Ima (Camp Mommy). The blog dropped off last summer when I was super-busy with Kaytanat Ima 2017, and it was hard to get back into it this year when I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Trees!

Giveret David is shaking a little blue and white box with the letters JNF on the side. “Tzedakah!” We hear stories from her many years spent in Israel, about kibbutz life, halutzim draining the swamps, planting trees, and singing “zoom … Continue reading

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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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