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Meatless Monday Vegan Quesadillas

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Meatless Monday Vegan Quesadillas

No Comments 21 December 2012


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If you’re in need of new dinner menu idea, look no further than a classic quesadilla! Perfect for entertaining or a weeknight kid- friendly dinnner!

I used corn tortillas, replaced the typical ground beef with fat free refried beans, and featured creamy avocados instead of cheese and sour cream, so this party pleaser is healthy, light (less than 80 calories per quarter!), kosher parve, vegan, and gluten free. Not to mention, the triangle shape makes for easy snacking, as well as a festive touch for any  get together.

What you’ll need for a dozen quesadilla wedges:
* If you’re vegan, be sure to check your refried beans. Some have added sugar.

– 6  organic corn tortillas
– 3/4 cups fat free refried beans
– 1 tablespoon hot sauce or ground chiles
– 1/2 fresh avocado, diced
– 1/2 large tomato, seeds removed, diced
– 1/4 white onion, diced finely
– 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

In a small bowl, combine beans and hot sauce or chiles.

On half the corn tortillas, spread 1/4 cup refried beans on each. Place a second tortilla on top of each and press down slightly. You can always use more if 1/4 cup is too scant for your taste. There’s no such thing as too much deliciousness.

You’ll have three whole quesadillas now. In a large skillet, panfry each quesadilla over medium-high heat. You don’t need to use oil, but a bit of nonstick spray will help to make the edges nice and crisp.

When the quesadillas are golden and crispy, cut each into quarters and set aside. You’ll have 12 wedges.

In a medium bowl, toss together your tomato, avocado, onion, and lime juice. Spoon over the top of your warm quesadilla wedges and serve immediately!

You can always add shredded purple cabbage for more color, or a bit of greek yogurt if you don’t mind dairy, or plain soy yogurt to keep them parve.

Enjoy, and happy eating!



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Syrian Style Hameen Cholent by Judy Shacalo

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Syrian Style Hameen Cholent by Judy Shacalo

No Comments 10 December 2011

Thank you Judy Shacalo for sharing this delicious hearty Sephardic style cholent recipe with us! Perfect for any winter Shabbat meal!
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 Syrian Style Hameen Cholent by Judy Shacalo

  1. Chop 3 large onions (4 if medium size) and cut into chunks.
  2. Saute onions until brown.
  3. Add 1 package of flanken meat with the bone marrow bones.
  4. Saute until brown, then cover with water and let boil for one hour.
  5. In the meantime take one cup of cholent mix beans, cover with water and boil for 20 minutes. Drain beans.
  6. When meat has cooked for one hour, place at bottom of crock pot; put beans on top of meat.
  7. Wash and peel a pack of fingerling potatoes and 2 medium size sweet potatos, place on top of beans.
  8. Spice with 2 tbsp of allspice, a dash of black pepper and 1 tblspoon of chicken consome.
  9. Place 6-8 raw eggs on top and cover with water.
  10. Let cook all night until Shabbat lunch and enjoy!

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Easy and Delicious Shabbat Chulent for a Cozy Winter’s Night

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Easy and Delicious Shabbat Chulent for a Cozy Winter’s Night

4 Comments 17 November 2011


Thank you Leah from Cook Kosher for sending in this fabulous warming meat Chulent recipe! Its a perfect dish to make our families glad that they are joining with us enjoying a cozy meal inside with the family on a wintery Friday night!

Easy and Delicious Shabbat Chulent for a Cozy Winter’s Night

  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 1 cup oil (Leah’s sister in law insists that you need the whole cup of oil for this recipe but I would reduce the amount to the most 1/4 cup of oil)
  • 1 package flanken meat, cut into cubes
  • 4 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1½ Tbsp paprika
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp onion soup mix
  • 1½ cup barley
  • 1 cup mixed beans
  • 9 potatoes, cubed
  1. Sautee 2 onions on low heat in the oil until softened (about 8 min)
  2. Add cubes of flanken on a very high flame and sear the meat until it is browned on all sides. (This locks in the moisture and keeps the meat soft).
  3. Drain beans and barley and combine with onions and meat.
  4. Add paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, soup mix and soy sauce and mix well.
  5. Cover with water and let it cook for at least 2 hours on medium flame.
  6. Add diced potatoes and ensure that the entire chulent is still covered in water. Let it keep cooking on med flame. It should be bubbling all the time.
  7. Right before shabbos, transfer everything to a crock pot and ensure that there is enough water covering chulent at all times. Keep it on low till shabbos day.
  8. NOTE: Be sure to soak the beans and barley overnight before making the chulent. This softens the beans and removes the gas.

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Sugar Detox Snack!  Roasted Garbanzo Beans

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Sugar Detox Snack! Roasted Garbanzo Beans

3 Comments 28 April 2011


Make these roasted chick peas as a high fiber, sugar-free, vegan,  protein packed treat for all of your family members that like to grab a snack as they wander (or whiz) through the kitchen. These roasted chick peas will keep your  blood sugar in check and keep you satisfied so that you wont find yourself raiding the rugelach jar before bedtime.


  • 2 cans of garbanzos, drained and patted dry (very important!) – Use a paper towel and lightly pat them dry, or place in a salad spinner taking care not to smash them.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • sea salt to taste


  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Spread out onto a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir.  Bake for another 15  or 25 minutes or until crunchy.

Check out Apartment Therapy’s 15 More Ways to Flavor Roasted Chick Peas.

Image via Apartment Therapy


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Sari’s Mango Edamame Sugar Detox Salad

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Sari’s Mango Edamame Sugar Detox Salad

No Comments 26 April 2011

Sari Dana is one of my very best friends. Have you ever seen an exercise instructor sweat through a whole hour and 15 minutes of  cardio blast with super positive energy,  grace, elegance, and a smile? Well, there you have it in a (protein packed) nutshell. Meet Sari Dana. Stay tuned for more recipes and sugar detox inspiration. Marlene

The Ultimate Spring Detox-a Quick, Easy Way to Sugar Detox:

Every so often I meet someone on the street, in a restaurant or just in passing who would reach out to me and share their sugar detox challenge experience.

In case you’re not familiar with my Sugar Detox story, I would love to share it with you.

Even though I, like most people, have a difficult time expressesing the truth about my negative habits, I sum up the energy to do so, by thinking about my desire of a higher cause. The cause of helping others. I know my story will help hundreds if not thousands, possibly even millions. You see, it’s a ripple effect. If I can help someone from my experience, and that person helps someone else, a family, a community and possibly the world at large can benefit.

So here it goes…

April 2008 was the turning point for me. The month that changed my life.

In April 2008 I embarked on the biggest feat of my life. A 30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge.  You may have read my articles for each of those days on the Jewish Hostess blog, or followed me through my emails. The writings were raw. I was simply stating my experience. I didn’t have a plan, just a goal to complete 30 consecutive days sugar free. I, along with my group at the Sephardic Center, and my dedicated readers, embarked on a challenge that would change my life forever.

What was so exciting about being sugar free?  I could sum it up in one word, a word that most people search a life time for.  HAPPY.  When I became Sugar Free- I became HAPPY.

Yes, my life is filled with many things to make me feel happy.  I am blessed with a wonderful family and friends. I have a career in fitness that is extremely rewarding.   Yet, the only time that I am truly happy is when I am sugar free.

Why would living a life without sugar have such profound effects? Refined sugar does not benefit our bodies or mind in any way.

While it has many negative effects, like  rising triglcerdies significantly and suppressing the immune system, the biggest on my list is brain fog and mood swings that occur when you eat refined sugar. If you ever expirenced a brain fog- you know what I mean!

Without sugar in your system you can conquer the world! It is such an empowering feeling. Sugar brings you up for a short period of time, and then brings you down. Sometimes so down that you just need to sleep. If you ever over-ate a large meal, then you know what I’m talking about.

Without sugar, your brain can work with clarity. Focusing will become easy. This is especially helpful in children, who need to focus in school for 8 hours at a time. You will always have an even temperament, and trying to lose weight will become a thing of the past.

After helping hundreds of women, I decided to attain my degree from the American Associastion of Drugless Practicioners and enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Being a health coach and a fitness professional has helped me to gain access to help so many more people in our community. By blending my two careers, my clients are able to reap many rewards. I truly feel blessed.

If your are ready to have more energy, fewer cravings and take control of your life, then you don’t want to miss my most amazing event yet.

The Ultimate Spring Cleanse: a fast and easy sugar detox program.

A workshop filled with inspiration and motivation!

What: Sari’s Sugar Detox

Where: In Brooklyn. Address upon request

When: to be announced soon!

contact me at SARI@DANANYC.COM

I look forward to meeting you!

This is a edamame ,mango and beans recipe that my sister in law, Olga Schweky made at my Sugar Detox  Event- it was a big hit- and gets 2 thumbs up on Sari Sugar Detox!  Its low calorie, low fat and a great way to add  plant based proteins into your diet. Triple dose of plant protein from the edamame, red and black beans.

Mango Edamame Salad:

  • Shelled edamame (boiled and drained)
  • 1 mango cubed
  • 1 red onion, chopped small
  • 1 can black beans or 1and 1/2 cups fresh black beans
  • 1 can of red beans, or 1 and 1/2 fresh beans
  • 2 colored peppers,diced  -1/2 cup each color (not green)


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar,
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients and add dressing.

Sari Dana

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Revised Tasty Black Bean Burgers

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Revised Tasty Black Bean Burgers

2 Comments 20 April 2010

By: Lisa Bailey

Served over a bed of sliced avocado and brown rice, this dish makes a healthy and fat free main course.

They are also pretty  for company  when u make them in a small patty size.

Black Bean burgers

4   cans of black beans, rinsed and drained

4 large scallions chopped

1-2   jalapeno, seeded and chopped

½   teaspoons cumin

1 and ½   cup cooked brown rice (revised)

Salt and pepper

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

In a food processor pulse half the beans with scallions, jalepeno, and cumin.  In a large bowl combine bean puree with rice and remaining beans , season with salt and pepper . Form into patties   small or large (may freeze at this point)

Spray cooking sheet with pam and bake burgers in 450 degree oven 10-12 min (turning once)

Yogurt  Topping (optional)

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 tablespoon lime juice

Combine all ingredients add salt and pepper to taste and serve with bean burgers

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