Thanks again to Sara Kasten for her wonderful inspiration- Sara knows hope to make a holiday meaningful for all age groups. I would love to be a kid at your seder table, Sara. Happy Holiday, and please send in your pics from this year’s seder! Marlene
“I’ve always felt that an important part of the Pesach Seder table meant including the children in the telling of the great miracles that happened when our nation was taken out of Egypt. Sometimes after saying the “Ma Nishtana” the very young ones are bored and distracted early on. In order to capture their attention and bring the seder to their level of understanding, I decided to make it exciting and meaningful for them. I purchased all types of miniature wild animals, pyramids, and frogs and scattered them all across the Seder table. You can imagine the excitement that was had when the little ones spotted the table! I also purchesed froggy hats for them to wear and before you knew it, they were hopping around the table and asking all types of questions about the animals. Both the adults and the children got involved with the explanations. The funny thing was that after the Seder, the older children hid the climbing frogs all around the house. Guess who had the biggest suprise of all when I had frogs in my sink, my pantry, my shoes, and anywhere else you could think of!! I’m sure the children will never forget this Seder table.
The rubber animals and frog hats were purchased at Michael’s
The pyramids and climbing frogs were bought at my local Judaica store.” Sara Kasten
I’m always on the lookout for grilled salmon recipes, and when I came across this sauteed salmon recipe idea from my friends over at kosher.com and Joy of Kosher, I was inspired to put in on my before- the-fast menu .
Health benefits of wild salmon:
speeds up your metabolism. This facilitates your sugar absorption rate and can lower your blood sugar level. Which in turn lowers your risk of developing diabetes.
For shiny hair, bright eyes and healthy skin, salmon consumption can do provide that as well.
Four ounces of wild salmon gives you a full day’s required amount of Vitamin D. That same amount of salmon also gives you more than half of the B12, niacin and selenium that you need daily. That four ounce serving of salmon gives you almost thirty grams of protein. That’s more than half of the Food and Drug Administration’s recommended daily amount.
salmon is a natural anti-depressant
Warning: FDA and EPA have issued a recommendation that pregnant women and young children eat no more than two servings, or 12 ounces, of salmon and other low-mercury fish each week.
Read about mercury in farm raised salmon as opposed to wild salmon HERE
Health benefits of baby spinach:
A cup of spinach contains a little under 7 calories, almost a gram of fiber, and high levels of vitamins A and C.
Spinach has tons of anti-cancer benefits. It has four times the beta carotene of broccoli. Spinach is also an excellent source of folate – an ounce contains nearly 25% of our daily requirement.
Spinach protects against age-related macular degeneration, a serious eye disease affecting older people.
Spinach contains folate which has cardiovascular benefits and promotes a healthy pregnancy.
Note: Spinach is among the 12 foods on which high levels of pesticide residues have been highly detected. Please consider buying and eating only organically grown spinach.
Wild Salmon Chunks Served on a Bed of Baby Spinach:
2 tablespoons: olive oil
1 1/2 pounds:salmon fillet, skinned and cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, veins removed, diced
1/2 green, yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded, veins removed, diced
1/2 cup:golden raisins
1/4 cup:pine nuts
1 (10-ounce) package:baby spinach
1/2 cup of your favorite homemade vinaigrette.
In a 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add salmon, peppers, raisins, pine nuts and salt.
Sauté for 7-8 minutes, until salmon is opaque and peppers are tender.
Place baby spinach in a salad bowl and spoon warm salmon mixture over spinach.
Drizzle balsamic dressing over the salad and serve warm or at room temperature.
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