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vegetables & legumes

Mushroom Keftes de Prasa (Sephardic Leek Patties)

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Mushroom <em>Keftes de Prasa</em> (Sephardic Leek Patties)

A traditional Sephardic Jewish dish, these leek patties are typical of the Balkans and Turkey.  They are eaten year round, but customarily served on Passover, when leeks are in season, and on Rosh Hashanah. Leeks (prasa in Turkish) are one of the ceremonial foods that are part of the traditional Yehi Ratzon seder on Rosh

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Tangy Turmeric Tomato Watermelon Salad

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Tangy Turmeric Tomato Watermelon Salad

Say farewell to summer with this bright and refreshing salad. Juicy watermelon and tomatoes get paired with crispy fried halloumi and a vibrant turmeric-infused oil. The sweetness of the melon complements the spiced oil and salty-creamy halloumi. Feel free to swap in another summer fruit like peaches or plums for a twist on this salad.

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Chunky Chickpea Salad

Recipe by Jessica Grosman

Chunky Chickpea Salad

At least once a week, I mash chickpeas with some chopped herbs and a few glugs of high-quality extra-virgin olive oil for this simple lunchtime salad, inspired by a chunky hummus that I ate at SoHo House in Berlin a few summers ago. Note: Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

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Cuban Yuca with Garlic Mojo Marinade

Recipe by Michele Amira

Cuban Yuca with Garlic Mojo Marinade

My godfather is Cuban, and he often makes yuca dishes, including my favorite Yuca with Garlic Mojo Marinade. It’s vegan, gluten-free, simple to make and a perfect Passover side dish. Heavy on olive oil and garlic, two staple ingredients in Sephardic cooking, it celebrates the diversity of the Jewish experience and the wandering Jew. Plus,

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Walnuts, Garlic and Parsley

Recipe by Julia Turshen

Stuffed Mushrooms with Walnuts, Garlic and Parsley

I started making these stuffed mushrooms as a Thanksgiving appetizer a few years ago when we had a few vegetarians at our table. I wanted to be able to offer them something rich and warm when they walked in. It turns out that everyone, not just vegetarians, love these. And they’re so simple. If you

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Charred Broccoli with Capers and Lemon

Recipe by Julia Turshen

Charred Broccoli with Capers and Lemon

This is one of my most reliable side dishes and goes well with just about everything. You can also toss it with cooked pasta, sprinkle some cheese on top and call it dinner. Speaking of cheese, it’s excellent with some scattered on top (especially Parmesan or pecorino), but I didn’t call for any here because

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Mexican Shakshuka

Recipe by Heather Bien

Mexican Shakshuka

For this take on shakshuka, I decided to do a culinary mashup of the Israeli recipe with classic Mexican flavors. With my recent conversion to Judaism and my Mexican heritage, this seemed like a fitting tribute to my past and present. The ingredients in shakshuka easily merge with Mexican seasonings—the base of the recipe remains

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Za’atar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Recipe by Judith Rontal

<em>Za’atar</em> Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Forget the cinnamon and add some Mediterranean flair to your sweet potatoes this fall. Za’atar (available at Middle Eastern and kosher food markets, as well as online) is a blend of hyssop, salt and often oregano and sesame seeds that complements the sweet, earthy flavor of fall’s favorite potato. Serve these with your Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving meal or

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Sabbath Cabbage Salad Inspired by Rebbetzin Mushy

Recipe by Nava Atlas

Sabbath Cabbage Salad Inspired by Rebbetzin Mushy

The weekly menu for Jewish Iceland’s Sabbath dinner varies a bit, but there’s usually a cabbage salad. Rebbetzin Mushky Feldman varies it each week. This is a recreation of one I especially enjoyed during my visit. The addition of ramen noodles is offbeat and makes it extra appealing!

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