Chinese Dry Green Beans

chinesedrybeans
Easy
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 pound green beans
1 teaspoon chili paste

In a wok or frying pan, heat the oil over a high flame. Add garlic and ginger and sauté briefly. Add beans and sauté rapidly over high flame, stirring continuously until oil is almost used up. Stir in chili paste and remove from heat.

Chicken and Potatoes in a Crock Pot

chickenstew
Easy
1 chicken, cut into 1/8ths or the pieces of your choice
8 potatoes, cut into chunks
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 (8 ounce) box sliced mushrooms
½ teaspoon pepper
Water to cover

Place all ingredients in crock-pot and turn on high. Dinner will be ready in 6 to 8 hours. Also good with a crusty bread to dip in the liquid.

Butternut Squash Soup

butternutsquashsoup
Easy
Ingredients
2 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3 quarts chicken stock, either real or the Imagine pareve boxes

Preparation
Place all ingredients in a medium stockpot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are soft. Allow to cool and purée with an immersion blender. Serve warm.

Split Pea and Barley Soup

barley-soup
Easy
Ingredients
This can be made with a base of leftover chicken soup or with the parve Imagine chicken soup.
4 quarts chicken soup
2 cups split peas
2 cups barley
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 (8 ounce) package sliced mushrooms
½ cup white wine
½ cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons dill

Preparation
Combine everything in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 2 – 3 hours. Serve alone or with a fresh loaf of bread. For a richer soup, add some flanken.

Brisket

Easy
I’ve used this recipe before but it’s so good I keep coming back to it. It’s your Yom Tov staple.

1 5-6 pound brisket
1 onion, sliced
2 tablespoons paprika
1 can tomato soup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place brisket in roasting pan and cover with the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Bake for 3 hours until soft, checking halfway through to see if you need to add any water ( but you shouldn’t). If not for immediate consumption, allow brisket to cool, then slice. Return meat to gravy for reheating

New Year’s Coleslaw

pomegranate_seeds
Easy
1-1/2 packages cole slaw mix
¼ cup candied pecan pieces
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

Dressing:
1 cup canola oil
2/3 cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon pepper

Combine and shake to mix well.

Combine all salad ingredients including mandarin oranges if desired. Toss with about ½ cup of the dressing and serve.

Burnt Broccoli

roasted-brocolli
Easy

Ingredients

head of broccoli
olive oil
kosher salt
pepper

Preparation

Break up broccoli and place in a roasting pan with low sides.
Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste (you can generously spray with cooking spray if you would like to make this more lowfat).
Bake in a 400 degree oven until edges of broccoli start to turn black (about a ½ hour).

Easy Delicious Super Rich Chocolate Cake

easychoccake
Easy
Cake:
1 box Duncan Hines devil’s food cake mix
1 box instant chocolate pudding
½ cup brewed coffee (1 teaspoon instant coffee in ½ cup hot water)
4 eggs
1 cup toffuti sour cream or mayonnaise
½ cup oil
½ cup dark rum or any liqueur of your choice
2 cups chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together except for chocolate chips. After thoroughly mixed, stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased bundt pan. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes.

Glaze: (can be halved)
1-lb box powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons margarine
1/3 cup brewed coffee
Mix well and pour over cake.

Teriyaki Chicken

Easy
This is another one of those simple recipes that everyone raves about.
4 chickens, cut in 1/8th’s
2 heaping teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons ginger
2 bottles (20 ounces each) Sesame Teriyaki Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken skin side up in two baking pans and sprinkle with garlic and ginger. Bake for ½ hour. Remove from oven and pour sesame teriyaki sauce over the chicken. Return to over and bake, uncovered for another 1-1/2 hours.

Coconut “Fried” Chicken

coconutfriedchicken
Easy

Ingredients

2 chickens, cut in 1/8th’s or 12 – 14 boneless, skinless chicken cutlets
2 cups plain bread crumbs
2 cups sweetened coconut
½ – 1 cup canola oil

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together bread crumbs and coconut. Dip each chicken piece in that mixture, then place in baking pan, skin side up. Drizzle canola oil over the top. Bake until well cooked, 1-1/2 -2 hours for the chicken pieces and about 45 minutes for the cutlets. These can be served warm or at room temperature.

Heirloom Tomatoes with Avocadoes and Hearts of Palm

Easy

8 tomatoes, a combination of colors and types
2 (15 ounce) cans cut hearts of palm, drained
2 ripe avocadoes, cut into chunks
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil

Just before serving gently mix all ingredients together. Try to keep each element slightly separate in order to highlight the flavors.

Dijon Chicken

dijonchicken
Easy

Ingredients

½ cup canned unsalted chicken broth
½ small onion, finely chopped
¼ cup Dijon mustard
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoons dried thyme, crumbled
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, well trimmed

Preparation

Combine first 5 ingredients in heavy large skillet. Bring to gentle simmer over medium low heat. Add chicken and season with pepper. Cover and poach until chicken is just cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to platter. Boil liquid in skillet until reduced to sauce consistency, about 2 minutes. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

Serves 6

Beer Barbeque Chicken

Easy

Ingredients

1 chicken cut in 1/8th’s
1 cup your favorite barbeque sauce
¼ cup your favorite beer

Preparation

Marinate the chicken in the beer for 2 hours. Pour off the beer and add the barbeque sauce and marinate for about 3 hours. Preheat the barbeque. Take the chicken out of the sauce and barbeque for 7 minutes turn over and cook for 7 more minutes or until cooked through.

Carrot Kugel

carrotkugel
Easy

4 jars baby food carrots
½ cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, mixing well to make sure there are no lumps. Pour into 9×13-inch pan and bake for 1 hour. Can also be made into muffins (makes about 24). Cool on rack. This is delicious warm or at room temperature.

Zesty Bean Salad

zestybeansalad
Easy
2 cans northern white beans, rinsed and drained
1 jalapeno, seeded and deveined, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
¼ cup red onion, chopped

Dressing:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Mix all salad ingredients together. Mix dressing ingredients together. Toss to combine. Refrigerate to let the flavors blend together for about 1 hour or more. Serve room temperature or chilled.

5 Minute Chocolate Cake

choccake1choccake2

Easy

Ingredients

4 tablespoons flour 

4 tablespoons sugar 

2 tablespoons cocoa 

1 egg 

3 tablespoons milk 

3 tablespoons oil 

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) 

A small splash of vanilla extract 

1 large coffee mug (Microwave Safe)



Preparation

Spray the mug with nonstick cooking spray. Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. 
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. 
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. 
Put the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! 
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT !

Roast Chicken

roastedchicken1

Easy

Simple but oh so good.

Ingredients

2 chickens, cut in 1/8ths
1 onion, sliced
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 tablespoons paprika
½ cup oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange chicken in a single layer in a baking pan. Spread onion slices over chicken. Sprinkle on spices. Drizzle oil over everything. Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, basting along the way.

Green Beans Almondine

Easy

Ingredients

2 pounds fresh green beans or 2 large bags frozen
¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic
½ cup margarine, cut into pieces

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together beans, almonds, salt and garlic. Scatter margarine pieces over the top. Cover and cook for 1 hour, until beans are soft.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Easy

black_bean_soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons oil
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons cumin
1 (29 ounce) can whole tomatoes with their juice
½ cup salsa
2 (19 ounce) cans black beans, drained
2 (32 ounce) boxes pareve chicken soup
4 tablespoons lime juice
tortilla chips

Directions

In a large stockpot, sauté the onion, garlic and spices in oil. Pour in tomatoes, salsa, beans and soup and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Allow soup to cool. Stir in the lime juice and puree the mixture with an immersion blender. Serve with tortilla chips. Serves about 12.

Lemon Fluff

Friday Night Dinner

Easy

lemonfluff
I first saw this recipe in Yated Ne’eman and have been making it ever since. It is always a hit. Leave out the crust and you just have a nice lemon mousse.

Crust

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons margarine, melted

Mix together and press into bottom of 9 or 10-inch spring form pan.

Filling

1 cup pareve whip
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow fluff
1 can (29 ounces) lemon pie filling

Beat whip until stiff peaks form. Beat in marshmallow fluff and then lemon pie filling. Pour into prepared crust and freeze, covered. Allow to soften in refrigerator 1/2 hour before serving