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26
Aug
13

Chocolate Fruit Tartlets


Anyone who’s been reading this blog for any length of time knows I’m an unrepentant chocaholic, as it’s been a while since we posted a good recipe made with chocolate. Once again, I adopted one of my favorites from Jacqueline Bellefontaine‘s What’s Cooking, Chocolate:

Chocolate Fruit Tartlets

Photo by: St  John Asprey

Photo by: St John Asprey

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2/3 cups margarine
  • 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 3/4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts toasted
  • 12 ounces prepared fruit.
  • 3 tablespoons apricot reserve or red currant jelly

Directions

  1. Sift together the flour and unsweetened cocoa into a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
  2. Stir the sugar. Add just enough of the water to mix to a soft dough, approximately 1-2 tablespoons. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and use to line 4″ tartlet pans. Prick the dough with a fork and line the pie shells with a little crumpled foil. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 F, for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the foil and bake for a further 5-10 minutes, until the pastry is crisp. Place the pans on a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Melt the chocolate. Spread out the chopped nuts on a plate. Remove the the pie shells from the tin pans. Spread melted chocolate on the rims, then dip in the nuts. Let set.
  6. Arrange the fruits in thye tartlet shells. Melt the apricot preserve or red currant jelly with the remaining 1 tablespoon of water and brush it over the fruit. Chill the tartlets until needed.

— VARIATION —

If desired, you can fill the cases with a little custard cream
before topping with the fruit. For a chocolate-flavored filling,
blend 8 ounces chocolate hazelnut  spread with 5 tablespoons of Rich  Whip

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

22
Aug
13

The New… Prime Grill – Elegance par Excellence


I knew I was in for serious trouble when walking back to our cozy, ellipsoidal, tufted leather booth with a bite size bread squarely in my mouth – from the washing station – I ached to skirt a bee-line for seconds of the freshly brick oven baked flatbread pieces. Good thing I didn’t, because Chef David Kolotkin prepared CS, myself and my son, a feast of heavenly scope and perfection… it will take days to walk off and countless years to forget. kosher-scene-copyright-copy22

A Partial view of the main floor.

A partial view of the main floor at opening time for dinner – 5:00pm

The place is the new Prime Grill (25 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019 – 212.692.9292) surrounded with neighbors on par like: Henri BendelGucciAbercrombie & Fitch, and the Consulate General of Argentina. The venue is elegant, Great Gatsby meets luxury cruise liner enormous, yet sedate and optimally planned to seat all dining scenarios in shades of warm beige to deep teal. Beyond the reception and a welcoming long marble appointed rectangular bar, accented by the most ‘fabulous darling’ huge black crystal chandeliers that made my Hungarian heart sing. There is seating for up to 350 persons; with intimate balcony seating for two or for large private parties. The layout is so well done, it flows unobtrusively at near full capacity with the soft low hum of a well tuned engine. Our meal was nothing short of spectacular! New distinct flavors from the charcuterie board that tasted totally traif; I’ll be adding ‘al chets‘ for the Pepperoni and the Spicy Beef Prosciutto Cotto this Yom Kippur, that served along with thinly sliced Salami, cured Bresaola, and Spicy Smoked Beef Coppa became nothing short of ‘blonde svelt shiksa, you can’t possibly be Jewish’ when condimented with Prime Grill‘s Whole Grain French Mustard & the toasted flatbread. I’ve skipped ahead, sorry, premature palate excitation…

Hard to believe, it's actually all deliciously kosher!

Hard to believe, it’s actually all deliciously kosher!

Chef David said: “G-d will forgive me for introducing my people to the real tastes of the world.” We started our meal with three sushi appetizers, all superbly fresh, tasty, well sauced & beautifully served: Prime Grill Roll – with grilled yuzu-miso glazed black cod, cucumber, sesame-teriyaki sauce, topped with tuna & avocado; Fire Dragon Roll, consisting of spicy tuna wrapped in avocado; and a Spicy Tuna on crispy rice served with jalapeno aioli sauce, teriyaki & julienne tri-colored peppers – my personal sushi favorite, it’s that coalesced well blended harmony so reminiscent of Prime Ko‘s similarly named dish. Then it was all mouths on zest deck for a Merlin the Magician’s feast set for kings, queens, knights, and… can this round table get any larger? The Crackling Duck Salad leads the appetizer queue because it too had that artfully fused flavor that is so signature Chef David; duck confit and cracklings, arugula, frisee, tomato, red onion, poached egg and champagne vinaigrette. That champagne vinaigrette tied the flavors together in such a wonderful way – the duck confit was sublime, I do hope the dressing is included in Chef David‘s new cookbook – set to appear on September 15th and available at amazon.com. If not, we’ll try to squeeze Chef David for the recipe. It was a delightful marriage of flavors. Next came the Crispy Veal Sweetbreads – a light tempura based coating served with fennel puree, fennel fronds, enoki mushrooms, cipollini onions & pomegranate port sauce – a tad saliferous as is the tendency with sweetbreads, but lovely and light. The Classic Beef Tartar served over beef carpaccio with citrus-caper vinaigrette, sun dried tomatoes & pistachio baked crostini –was excellent. My intent was to sample lightly; who makes a meal of beef tartar? I couldn’t stop forking it – the fresh robust meat flavor vibrated with the citrusy capers and the pistachio crostini; oh my, I shamelessly kept eating. My son, a basic meat and potatoes kind of guy, recently has been expanding his palate; he couldn’t have been in better culinary hands as he explored Chef David’s taste odyssey taking him around the au couture comestible world in 80 minutes. Literally every single dish & accoutrement of the many consumed, possessed unique noble flavors artfully combined in what I’ll acronym as QTTP (Quality, Taste, Texture and august Presentation). CS tried a new Wood Grilled Veal Chop served with cipolline onions, peppers, vine ripened tomatoes, haricot vert, grilled radish, arugula with that marvelous whole grain mustard vinaigrette. The sliced Prime Grill Filet on garlic toast w/ crispy onions & horseradish sauce drew big yummms from my budding gourmand. Prime Grill‘s beef whether aged, cured, marinaded, reserve or Wagyu are all unrivaled and delectably supreme. Every sauce is well thought out – marrying components so brilliantly executed.

Prime Reserve Cut steak

Prime Reserve Cut steak

We all three salivated over the Prime Reserve Cut – I was at my happy zenith savoring my slices [cut with their fabulous steak knives], when CS insisted I taint perfection with some Béarnaise Sauce. Again, a shiksa moment of exotic buttery steakiness that was exquisite. We munched on brick oven Bresaola Flatbread seasoned with light bean puree and drizzled with truffle oil, as we reveled in entrees of Long Island Breast of Duck served with the most adorable quarter sized medallions ‘you can’t believe it’s made of quinoa’ pancakes – topped with a cranberry relish that was a lingua zoetic burst of flavor.

Long Island Breast of Duck...

Long Island Breast of Duck…

CS savored a Veal Chop with peach fritters, porcine mushrooms, infused whipped potatoes & apple brandy sauce; ahhh, King Arthur was reborn – smiling with Guineverian pleasure. Who did have room for dessert? None of us did, but gluttony prevailed after a short interludatory walk. The place was packed with that eclectic mix of clientele that gathers together over the shared commonality of a superlative dining experience. Three spanking new Escalades lined the near exterior with a bevy of well dressed chauffeurs in luxury cars in tow. I was totally out of time and place, enjoying every extravagant moment of gashmiut physicality, knowing I’d have to pay the price for my body stoops to conquer mind jaunt.

A potpourri of luscious, scrumptious, desserts

A potpourri of luscious, scrumptious, desserts

But Chef Felenciana‘s desserts were about to be served. I have adored this woman through her cakes and desserts ever since I first met her in person at Sòlo many years back, over a Tiramisu, what an extraordinary talent. I have kept up correspondence with her through the years via her pastries. The latest having been her Hazelnut Roche, of which I’ve had several deliveries through CS from the Prime Baker Butcher shop on 2nd ave. This night too, she did not disappoint. How amazing was the Bourbon and real Vanilla Bean non-dairy ice creams that tasted totally milk real, beside Whipped Cream drizzled with rich chocolate sauce, Chocolate Bread Pudding, Molten Chocolate Cake, and the exquisitely ethereal Tiramisu… nobody does it better! Felenciana – you are the Queen of Sweets. How can I go home again and cook for my family? Saving grace is Chef David himself, if you haven’t met him, he is an unpretentious, soft- spoken tender bubbale, who has every right to be proud of his monumental achievements on a personal and professional level. The Prime Grill Cookbook – Redefining the Kosher Experience, the Chef’s first published effort, co-authored with Joey Allaham - fourth generation butcher extraordinaire and CEO of The Prime Hospitality Group – will be on a shelf near you in September, or at amazon.com. Chef David has kindly chosen around 250 carefully explained recipes that will require some skill and time but not keep you in the kitchen for weeks trying to recreate the Prime Grill experience. I want to personally thank Chef David, our waiter Tony and all the superb servers, as well as the entire Prime Grill family for a delightful evening. A happy and healthy new year to you all! SYR

20
Aug
13

The Yankles – in Brooklyn!


the-yankles3Last year SYR and I attended a screening of The Yankles, a movie written by Zev Brooks and directed by David Brooks. We wrote at the time:

The Yankles is a delightful movie sure to make you laugh while warming your heart.

[..]We loved its sympathetic portrayal of the charedi world. It showed that in spite of what many might think, ultra-orthodox chassidic Jews are human like everyone else; though they may not mix easily with others outside their fold, their zest for life, their emotions are practically in-distinguished from the rest of society. I found it remarkably gratifying that the Brooks brothers, sons of a Conservative rabbi, would be so positive in their outlook of charedim. The movie combined some superb humorous moments, some touching scenes, some slices of human struggle and eventual triumph, with an uplifting message. The evening was fun and it proved that quite often the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.

We meant it then, we still mean it now, after re-watching it on DVD. The movie has won many prestigious awards, and it will be playing in Brooklyn – starting tonight, for a limited engagement – at the Kent Theater (1170 Coney Island Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11230 — 718.338-.3371). Not only will you thoroughly enjoy The Yankles, but you will also be helping young cinematographers produce more movies with a Jewish twist.

You can watch the trailer, here.

Go the the Kent Theater tonight and enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

13
Aug
13

Grilled Banana Satay


[Shmuel L, from Miami, sent us a favorite grilling recipe just over 10 days ago. Now, he sent us another one, accompanied by a photo as well]

Grilled Banana Satay

BanaSata

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 4 fat, peeled, barely ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Light a grill for direct medium heat, about 400 F.
  2. Slice the banans crosswise into medallions 1 to 2 inches thick. Skewer the banana pieces through the edges so that the flat sides can be grilled, threading 6 to 8 pieces per skewer.
  3. Whisk together the peanut butter, coconut milk, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Pour half of the peanut butter sauce into a wide shallow pan.
  4. Brush the grill grate with oil. Grill the banana skewers directly over the heat until nicely grill-marked. 2 to 3 minutes per side. Dip the flat sides of the bananas in the peanut sauce. Sprinkle with the coconut to coat. Return to the grill and cook until lightly brown. 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  5. Serve with the remaining sauce for dipping.

TIP - Just like meats, fruits can be marinated to create myriad variations in flavor, the can be rubbed, eaten with sauces, glazed and more BUT make sure the bananas are just barely ripe or they’ll become mushy when grilled.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

Shmuel L.

08
Aug
13

Spinach and Gorgonzola Salad


When I was growing up in Uruguay, my mother a”h must have been a fan of Popeye for she truly believed that having lots of spinach would make me stronger. In fact, almost every day, spinach would make its appearance on our table – in some incarnation – as a main ingredient (cooked or otherwise) in at least one dish at lunch or dinner, or at both! For many years, after leaving my parents’ home I refused to touch spinach until… the kids came along. After all these years, and with kids of their own, they still haven’t forgiven me for all the spinach I made them eat! As I get older, however, I appreciate more and more what fresh spinach leaves can do for a salad.

Yesterday an out of town friend came to visit, and knowing how much I like almost every cheese, brought me a Gorgonzola, which he picked up at CityMarket in Philly’s Center City. We used it in the following, easy, and fast to make dish.

Spinach and Gorgonzola Salad

SpinGorgon

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 ounces walnut haves
  • 8 ounces young green beans, trimmed
  • 7 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 5 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

For the Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 3/4 tablespoons sherry wine (I used Tio Pepe Kosher Sherry)
  • 1/4 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Heat the honey in a small frying pan, add the walnuts and stir-fry over medium heat for 3 minutes,or until the nuts are glazed. Drop them on a plate and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the beans in a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain, refresh under cold waterand shake dry. Put in a large bowl with spinach leaves.
  3. Mix the sherry and vinegar well. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together (including the sherry/vinegar combo) and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and toss well. Arrange the salad in serving bowls, scatter over the Gorgonzola and glazed walnuts and serve immediately.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

07
Aug
13

Banana Ginger Energy Smoothie


So many people these days consume “energy drinks.” What are they?  Energy drinks are beverages containing stimulant drugs, mostly caffeine, and are marketed as providing mental or physical stimulation. They all generally contain large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants, and many also contain sugar or other sweeteners, herbal extracts and aminoacids. These highly caffeinated drinks  are associated with a variety of health issues — like insomnia, anxiety, elevated blood pressure, and digestive problems. In fact, the whole marketing of these products is little more than an updated versio of the medicine man shows of old. There are, however, real energy drinks, drinks consisting of nothing more than wholesome natural ingredients – like the one below.

From Dropping Acid – The Reflux Diet: Cookbook and Cure, by Jamie Koufman, MD. & Jordan Stern, MD with French Master Chef Marc Bauer:

Banana Ginger Energy Smoothie

BanGinEner

Serves 3

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories 178
Protein 10g
Carbohydrates 338
Fat 2g

Ingredients

1/2 cup ice
2 cups milk
2 bananas, ripe
1 cup yogurt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated fine
2 tablespoons brown sugar or honey (optional)

Directions

  1. In a blender, add the ice, milk, yogurt, bananas, and ginger.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add sugar as needed.

NOTES – If you don’t like ginger or there’s none fresh, substitute 1/4 teaspoon orange zest or vanilla or almond extract. This smoothie is delicious and combines many of the best reflux foods. Did you know that ginger in moderation is good for reflux? It packs a lot of flavor and is versatile as an ingredient in many dishes.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

07
Aug
13

Summer Drinks – Raspberry-Lime Rickey & Mediterranean Coolers


Summer’s a time when you can enjoy the most delicious fresh juices. In our quest to find the best combinations, that will bring out the fullest flavors, we found these two in At Home with the Culinary Institute of America:

Left to Right: Rasberry-Lime Rickey and Mediterranean Coolers.  Photo by: Ben Fink on page 244

Left to Right: Raspberry-Lime Rickey (page 247) and Mediterranean Coolers (page 245). Photo by: Ben Fink on page 244

Raspberry-Lime Rickey *

During berry season, you can make your own raspberry puree using fresh raspberries and adding sugar to taste. But this drink can be made year-round thanks to the unsweetened frozen raspberries available in the freezer section of most grocery stores and specialty markets.

Makes 6 servings

  • 3/4 cup raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • ice cubes, as needed (optional)
  • 4 cups club soda or sparkling water
  • 6 lime wedges, for garnish
  1. Puree the raspberries in a blender until smooth. Strain to remove the seeds. Add the sugar to taste, if needed. Combine the raspberry puree and lime juice in a pitcher. Pour into 6 tall glasses, over ice if desired. Add the club soda and stir to mix well.
  2. Serve, garnished with lime wedges.

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Mediterranean Coolers *

A variety of fruit juices and nectars are now commonly available in most grocery stores and gourmet markets in the juice and beverage aisle. If you decide to use them instead of making your own juices, check the label to see if there are added sugars.

Makes 6 servings 

  • 4 cups tangerine juice
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups club soda
  • ice cubes (optional)
  1. Combine the tangerine and pomegranate juice in a pitcher. Chill.
  2. When ready to serve, pour the juice into 6 tall glasses, add the club soda, and stir to combine. Serve over ice, if desired.

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* Juicing Citrus

A citrus fruit at room temperature gives more juice than chilled fruit. Before cutting and juicing it, roll the fruit firmly beneath your palms to crush its pulp. Use a fitted reamer or a mechanical juicer to extract as much juice as possible.

These drinks not only tasted great but they were very refreshing, just I expected for summer.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

05
Aug
13

Beef Salad with Mango


While you may not always have the time to prepare a hearty meal for the family, you can plan ahead thereby serving a nice feast that only took a short time to heat and serve. The following recipe is adapted from: Williams-Sonoma‘s FoodMadeFast: Make Ahead

Beef Salad with Mango

Detail of photo by: Bill Bettencourt, from Williams-Sonoma's FoodMadeFast: Make Ahead

Detail of photo by: Bill Bettencourt, from Williams-Sonoma‘s FoodMadeFast: Make Ahead, on page 68-69

Serves 4

Prepare a large roast and you’ll have enough extra beef for at least two more meals. The roast has a smokiness that enhances the flavor of a sweet and spicy salad, a beef hash and a spicy Thai curry.

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds shoulder roast, trimmed of excess fat
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Lime juice from 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 mangos, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups (4 ounces) mixed greens
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, slivered

Directions

  1. Roast the beef – Preheat the oven to 350 F. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper and place in a shallow roasting pan just large enough to hold it comfortably. Roast, tuning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the beef reads 130 F. for medium rare (about 80 minutes), or until the desired level of doneness. Transfer to a carving board and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.
  2. Assemble the salad – Thinly slice 4 portions of the beef, reserving the remaining beef for other meals .* Cut each slice into strips. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, lime zest, and juice. Whisk in the canola and sesame oils. Add the beef, mango, bell pepper, and shallot and toss evenly with the vinaigrette. Divide the greens among individual plates and top with the beef-mango mixture. Sprinkle with mint and serve.

Makes about 4 1/2 pounds of sliced or shredded beef total.

* Storage Tip

To store the remaining beef, let the roast cool to room temperature, wrap tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 3 days. For the most succulent and tender results, do not slice the chilled beef until ready to serve. To slice, use a chef’s or other large, sharp knife, and thinly slice against the grain.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

04
Aug
13

Honey-Lacquered Hens and Pears


It’s summertime and the grilling season, with its delicious aromas and promises of succulent treats. Poultry has long been a favorite on the grill. A reader, Shmuel L, from Miami sent us this recipe and photo, he writes that he stumbled upon it two summers ago, and it’s been a family favorite since:

Honey-Lacquered Hens and Pears

HoneyLackHen

Ingredients

  • 2 long metal skewers
  • 1/2 cup honey marinade *
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender
  • 2 game hens (about 2 pounds each) washed
  • 2 just barely ripe Bartlett pears, cored
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • Lavender blossoms for garnishing (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine the Marinade, dried lavender, and game hens in a 1 gallon zipper lock bag, press out the air and seal. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Light a grill for direct low heat, about 250 F.
  3. Remove the hens from the marinade and part dry, discard the marinade.
  4. Tie the ends of the drumsticks together. Coat the hens and the pears with with the oil. Arrange on skewers so that each hen is pierced from the shoulder to the leg  and add a pear at each end, thereby making it possible to turn everything at once.
  5. Brush the grill grate with oil. Grill until the game hens become lightly charred all the way around and the temperature on an instant read thermometer shows 165 F (about 45 to 60 minutes). Turn the skewers every 12 minutes or so.
  6. Meanwhile, mix together honey, vanilla extract, and Sriracha.
  7. Cut the game hens in half. Arrange each hen and pear half on a plate and drizzle with the honey-vanilla mixture. Garnish with the lavender blossoms for a dramatic presentation.

* Honey Marinade

Yields 3/4 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ground pepper

Directions

  1. Whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, and oil. Season with pepper. Left over marinade will keep in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

Shmuel L.

02
Aug
13

Detox Kosher Style – Delicious Summer Berry Smoothies


[Today we present a new guest poster, Lisa Yeoman. After graduating in Food and Nutritional Sciences, she began working as a nutritionist before becoming a mother. Now she works from home as a freelance writer who covers topics as diverse as the latest in health research, green food production, family nutrition and health, living with conditions and health education. CS]

Mmmm, summertime! The perfect season for pool parties and sitting out in the radiant sun, as well as enjoying some terrific kosher food. The great thing about kosher food is that it can accommodate virtually everyone’s tastes, whether it is a tangy lemon egg soup or savory samosa. Not only incredibly delicious, kosher offers a large selection of meals which provide as much nutrition as they fulfill the palette, and today we are going to take a look at a great recipe which also boasts another massive health benefit and is an excellent way to cleanse the body and celebrate the hot summer months: the detox berry smoothie.

Kosher for Goodness & Health

Detox might be a slightly loaded word for a kosher meal, but one of the many benefits that the kosher culture has to offer is one which holds advantages for everyone. A kosher diet is one which strives for healthy living while also providing an essential opportunity for various communities to pull together and celebrate, and it is also enjoying the important role of reaching out and helping people in need too. With nutrition forming an important component not only in identifying part of a person’s well-being, this article highlights some of the ways in which food plays a vital role in recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. Implementing a well-rounded diet has become a crucial part of recovery programs from alcohol to food to opiate addiction recovery, and outreach programs in the Jewish community. The benefits of a kosher detox recipe involve ingredients which will replenish the body with the right amount of vitamins and minerals, all combined for a refreshing, delicious, and easy meal. It’s delicious and serves the greater good!

Smooth Operator

Photo from Wikimedia Commons, by: Romuald Bokėj from Sweden

Photo from Wikimedia Commons, by: Romuald Bokėj from Sweden

Smoothies are one of the best selections for a relaxing, inexpensive snack containing high nutritional value beneficial to everyone – let’s face it, at one time or another everyone could do with a good detox regardless of diet. A fruit smoothie is ideal for its versatility – you can add, swap, and improvise to your heart’s content – and it’s very difficult to go wrong. Now is the best time of year to buy fruit in its prime, and preparation is minimal. It’s become a household staple for many, and taken off with a blast on the commercial cuisine circuit with several restaurants, bars, and cafes opening their menus up to the luscious drink as well as entire franchises operating in devotion to a multitude of flavors which covers a scale of diverse international influences.

Berry smoothies in particular are very adaptable – unlike most fruit, berries can be frozen and even used right from freezer to blender instead of using ice. For a delectable treat sure to please, here is your detox berry smoothie (approx. two servings):

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • Half a medium-sized banana
  • Half a tablespoon ground flax seed
  • Half a cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 6-8 ounces orange juice

Preparation:

Put berries, banana, flax seed and yogurt into a blender, adding about 4 ounces of orange juice. Mix on a high setting while adding orange juice to reach a smooth consistency. When finished, add a few fresh berries and/or orange slices and serve.

Alternatives:

For something a little more exotic, swap the cup of frozen berries for a cup of frozen pineapple, and add 4 ounces of orange juice and 4 ounces of light coconut milk using the same measurements for banana, flax seed, and Greek yogurt. Bananas and Greek yogurt can be replaced with a few green leaves as well. Double the ingredients for multiple servings and enjoy!

Seasoned Delight

This recipe is perfect for several occasions, whether it is for guests by the pool to cool off on a hot day or a healthy snack during winter, it is a great detox for the body without losing any flavor. No need to stop at the berry patch, though – as mentioned above, there are several other recipes to enjoy as well, perfect year-round. Mango, apple, grape, kiwi, even peanut butter make excellent treats which children and adults alike can appreciate and get the daily required fill of nutrients, and it can be savored at morning, noon, or night. In fact, according to the above source, smoothies are even better than multi-vitamins. Get your shake on today and create a snack bound to become a favorite!

Enjoy!

Lisa Yeoman




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