Passion for cooking and eating better can get me in trouble. Information about
audiences, locations and logistics can squeak by me when enthusiasm takes hold.
So, when I said, “Yes, I’d love to speak at your meeting” to the young women requesting
a healthy cooking demo, I didn’t pick up all the details.
demo was scheduled for the temple. My audience was a Jewish women’s group in suburban
Atlanta. “No problem”, I thought to myself, “I’ve got it”. “Bacon or pork, even
shellfish – not a challenge for me.”
of the details I had missed? The temple was kosher. Kosher means two kitchens.
Two sets of pots and pans. No co-mingling of dairy and meat. No outside
utensils. I can’t even bring in my own knives.
the next couple of months, organizer Stacey was patient with me as she
explained the rules and regulations of cooking in the temple. Again.
finally decided on a menu of Sweet Potatoes and Apples. Each dish would be
packed with the nutrition and deliciousness of root veggies and sweet apples.
You don’t have to explain the story to your family, just enjoy the burgers and
slaw. Make ‘em on the weekend, serve during the week. Freeze the leftovers or
take them for lunch!
½ Cups Mashed Cooked Sweet Potatoes
Cup Chopped Cashews
Cup of Cooked Quinoa
Cup Whole Wheat Panko Crumbs
TB Olive Oil
TB Dark Sesame Oil
Garlic Cloves Grated
TB Soy Sauce
Tsp Sea Salt and ¼ Tsp Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Cup Sesame Seeds
all the ingredients together, except for the sesame seeds. Form into patties
and coat with sesame seeds. Grill or Broil the burgers until brown and a little
crispy on the edges. Serve on grilled buns with *Sriracha Mayonnaise and topped
with Apple Slaw.
Mayonnaise is made by whisking together Sriracha and low-fat olive oil mayonnaise.
Add as much of the hot stuff that you can stand! I start with 1 TB in ½ Cup of
Cup Shredded Carrots
Cup Shredded Green Apple
Cup Shredded Red Cabbage
Thinly Sliced Green Onion
TB Chopped Fresh Cilantro
Cup Asian Chili Sauce (Nam Ploy)
½ TB Rice Vinegar
TB Lime Juice
Tsp Light Soy Sauce
Tsp Dark Sesame Oil
toss the carrots, radish, cabbage, green
onion and cilantro together.
the chili sauce, vinegar, lime juice, soy
and oil together. Toss with the slaw and set aside for 30 minutes for
the flavors to blend.