May 03

This is traditionally a main dish made for the Jewish holidays, but as a hearty casserole/stew it makes a great meal when there’s enough time to prepare it.

3-4 lbs beef brisket
5 cups diced (big chunks) carrots
2-3 sweet potatoes cut into 6-8 pcs each
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 lb dried plums (the fruit formerly known as prunes)

Place the brisket in a large pan and cover with water. When water hits boiling, turn down to simmer for about 1 hour.

Put the meat aside, and separately boil the potatoes and carrots in the broth from the pan until each are still a bit hard.

Next, in a smaller saucepan, put about 2 cups broth, the sugar, and dried plums. Heat until the sugar is dissolved, and then for just 5 minutes after.

Last, slice the meat thinly, and against the grain, and put into a large casserole dish. Cover tightly with heavy foil (to hold in moisture) and cook at 350F for one hour. This dish is best when reheated and served the next day, so it makes a great main course when you’d like to get some of the cooking out of the way in advance. Enjoy!

(Note: the meat is underneath the vegetables in the pan. You can also put a recipe of matzo balls in this dish. Just make the mix and put the uncooked matzo balls under all the other ingredients.)

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Nov 25

This week, we’d like to share a recipe for eggplant parmigiana. It makes a nice main dish with pasta and salad, a sandwich, or as a side-dish to chicken or veal cutlets. While we love eggplant, it’s unfortunate that it’s usually fried in oil and turns from an otherwise healthy vegetable* to a high fat, high calorie dish. For this dish, we fixed that problem. Let’s take a look how.


We start with ripe eggplants, and slice them, a bit over 1/4 inch.


Next, dip them in egg (we use fat free eggs, such as egg beaters) and breadcrumbs.


Brown in a non-stick pan sprayed with Pam (a non-stick vegetable oil spray), about 10 minutes each side. You can see that they brown nicely.


A few tablespoons of sauce, and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Place in a preheated 350F oven for about 20-25 minutes until cheese melts and starts to brown.


If you enjoy eggplant dishes in a restaurant but for whatever reason, just haven’t tried it at home, now’s your chance. Let us know if you enjoyed this healthier version.

Happy Thanksgiving.

* I know – Eggplant is technically a fruit not a vegetable. There’s an old expression; Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

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Aug 11

Another recipe in our “cooking for the week” series, for these meatballs we use ground turkey to keep the fat low. It’s often on sale in our local supermarket as a buy one get one free on a 20oz package, thus this recipe has 2-1/2 lbs of meat.

2-1/2 lbs ground turkey
2 eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper


First, mix the ingrediants in a large mixing bowl, then form into balls. We use an ice cream scooper to get these consistant.Use a bit of cooking spray then cook on a low flame with the lid on. About 10 minutes on low, then flip over.


Another 10 minutes or so and they are ready.


These meatballs freeze well, and go great in our homemade pasta sauce. Enjoy.

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Jul 20

This is a great low fat recipe for muffins that we’ve been making for years. We’ve read on frugal blogging sites never to throw away bananas that are getting too ripe, keep an eye on them and if a number will be ready faster than they’ll get eaten, put them in the freezer, pealed and measured out. This recipe is a great way to use up some of those frozen bananas. (Note, the team daughter thought it a good idea to top some with chocolate bits. Works for me!)


Banana Muffins
2 cups white flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups reg oatmeal
1 cup egg
4 tbl (1/4 cup) applesauce
2 cups (about 4) ripe banana
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1-2 cups raisins
400F oven
Run oatmeal through blender (just a short bit, it should look like flour), mix all dry
ingredients, then fold in wet and raisins.
Makes 12 big muffins


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