Recipe: Israeli Leek Quiche

leek-quiche

I just thought I would share a very quick link to a great recipe for you:

Israel Leek Quiche recipe from the Israel Forever Foundation:
http://israelforever.org/israel/cooking/leek_quiche/

I often make my quiches crust-free, as a couple of us need to eat gluten-free and lower carb, and which of course would work well for Pesach. More Pesach recipes to come soon, hopefully.

Please share what your Pesach recipe plans are!

Recipe: Thrown together bean pie

lentilbeanpie

photo source: the vegetarian society

 

I would have liked to make a special meal for shabbat last night since it was also Rosh Chodesh, but it turned out it was such a busy day and I had forgotten to get the meat out of the freezer, so I treated my family to a vegetarian version of the British staple, Shepherd’s Pie (which is traditionally minced lamb topped with mashed potato, and I usually make it with chopped carrots and peas. Cottage Pie, conversely, is made with minced beef.)

Ingredients:

2 tins of green lentils

1 tin of butter beans

1 tin of spicy mixed beans

1 jar of tomato-based pasta sauce

a few chopped tomatoes

Potatoes for 6 people

optional: butter / milk / cheese

mixed herbs

Method:

1. We like our potatoes unpeeled, so we boil and mash them in their jackets. So peel if you want to, and chop roughly. Boil (approx 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces)

2. Place the lentils, beans, tomatoes and pasta sauce and mixed herbs in an oven-proof dish, heat in the oven at 180 degrees while you wait for the potatoes. (Alternatively, you can use a saucepan to heat the bean mixture to save using the oven).

3. Drain and mash the potatoes. If you like, you may add a small amount of milk or butter to make the potatoes more creamy. This makes it easier to spread over the base, but it isn’t necessary. (leaving these out makes it a low-fat, vegan recipe)

4. Take the bean dish out of the oven and place the mashed potato over the top of the bean mixture, making sure it is completely covered. If you eat cheese, you may like to top the potato with grated or thinly sliced cheese.

5. Transfer the dish to the grill on a medium heat to crisp up the top of the mashed potato and melt the cheese.

6. Serve with peas or petit pois.

Voila!

It’s one of my most favourite, quick and easy family meals, and even though my family aren’t vegetarian, I didn’t get any complaints and everyone cleaned their plate (which is unusual)!

Variations include a selection of vegetables instead of beans and lentils, vary your types of beans, mix lentils and vegetables. Have fun and experiment and see what you prefer. The lentils give quite a good ‘meaty’ texture for people who aren’t usually vegetarian.

 

Concerns over Soya as a Health Food

Last year I experimented with going vegan for about three months, for various reasons. Unfortunately I got very ill, to the extent of nearly needing to be hospitalised. Tests suggested that I was at risk of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and was advised by my GP to avoid wheat, dairy, all fake sugars and all fake meats especially soy-based and gluten-based meat replacements. I have found that, providing I stay within those guidelines, my gut doesn’t give me too much trouble.

This prompted me to look again at the subject of whether soya can be considered a health food or not. I present the following link as a good summary of why soy may be a health risk – not just to people like me with a tendency to sensitivity, but to everyone, especially children and young people.

http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2014/01/why-soy-is-not-a-health-food.html

Please do your own research and come to your own conclusions about whether you want to include soya in your family’s diet.

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