Passover Friendly Chicken Nuggets

This makes a yummy kids meal. It’s also a great gluten free recipe.

1 package skinless and boneless chicken thighs (2 pounds)

Three beaten eggs

1/2 cup potato starch

1/2 bag crushed Passover potato chips

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp pepper

Dry chicken thighs and break into small pieces. Dip each piece into egg mixture and then into potato starch mixed with spices. Redip into egg mixture then dip into crushed potato chips.

Pour 1/3 cup cottonseed oil into 9” skillet and a bring to a sizzle. Turn down because oil can easily catch fire. Place 4-5 pieces of coated chicken into oil. Allow to cook for 9 minutes and then turn. and repeat. Chicken should be brown. Keep repeating until all chicken is done. You may have to raise heat and decrease as oil gets too hot. Place all pieces on paper towel to absorb grease. Serve with sweet and sour sauce.

Sheet Pan Lunches – מגש

So many people right now are making “sheet pan dinners” because they are easy and healthy. I decided to add to this with what seems to be big in Israel right now: sheet pan lunches or “מגש״” (magash meaning tray). There’s a well known cafe in Tel Aviv where everyone seems to go to that is especially known for this style. I’m not certain of whether they are kashrut certified, but their food sure looks great. I tried to copy their style at home. This is great for a healthy lunch or Shalosh Seudah or if you want to have a meal outside on these in between temperature days.

Ingredients for my sheet pan lunch:

1 can tuna salad

1/2 cp Hummus with schug

Garden Salad with Israeli Salad garnish

2 Hard boiled eggs cut in half

4 medium Pickles (one was eaten before this shot 🙈)

1/2 cucumber sliced lengthwise

1/2 medium red onion sliced

Take a tray and line with parchment paper. Places salads around tray, displaying each one separately. Add condiments around salads. You can have personal trays as well, but this platter would serve 4

( note: You can add whatever you like to this tray. Serve with crackers or wholesome wheat breads)

Pan Roasted Potatoes

It’s Thanksgiving Monday in Canada, meaning it’s a legal holiday for many. I’ve a long month of stuffing myself due to the Jewish holidays, I’ve been trying to keep the calories down. The problem with me is I LOVE carbs. These pan fried potatoes don’t make me feel totally guilty as they are not deep fried and I use canola oil. They are rich in flavour and have a great crisp.

Ingredients:

1 small onion diced

2 baking potatoes

3 cups of water for boiling

Canola oil for frying 3-4 tblsp

1/2 tsp Lawry’s Seasoning salt

Pinch of basil

Drizzle enough canola oil to cover 11″ saucepan and add diced onions. Sauté onions until golden (10 minutes). Set aside. Peel and dice potatoes into inch chunks (see picture). Place into pot with 3 cups of water and boil until firm but not soft. Completely drain potatoes then transfer to saucepan with onions and sprinkle seasoning salt and basil. Fry on medium heat until outside of potatoes are lightly brown.

I also serve this during Pesach as one of our go-to meals with scrambled eggs. You can change the basil to oregano.

Puff Pastry Schnitzel

I haven’t been feeling well. 2 weeks ago I was bitten by some insect and had a bad reaction. I ended up in hospital for a week and this is Canada…we don’t keep people in hospital ever…unless it’s bad.

So I’ve been having trouble making the meals. I can’t stand for long periods of time etc. This week for Shabbos I came up with this recipe for phyllo schnitzel. I used to make this by cutting up the schnitzel into bite sized strips and then covering each strip with a piece of puff pastry (like wieners in a blanket) but today I just couldn’t. If you want something that presents well that you can serve on a tray, do it that way. This way worked well for me right now and took only 35 minutes to bake. Hope you enjoy it. The result looks awesome.

Ingredients:

4 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken

Honey mustard

Puff pastry dough squares

Garlic powder

Pepper

Take the chicken pieces and sprinkle with garlic and pepper

Place two squares together and roll out to make a rectangle.

Place one piece of chicken chicken on one side of the pastry dough and on the other half smear with a thin layer of mustard

Seal the pastry dough and tuck the ends under so it looks like a pocket.

Repeat with the other three piece until you have four pastry pockets.

Place on an oiled 9×11 pan. Cover with egg wash and sesame seeds

Bake for 35 minutes at 375F or until pastry is golden. Serve warm.

If you have any questions about this one, just ask.

Chaya

Healthy Breaded Chicken

It’s super hot in Toronto right now and everyone is thinking picnics and family get togethers. Why not bring along this simple, healthy breaded chicken to the party?

I made my own bread crumbs (inspired to do so by @raizyscookin on Instagram) by putting left over bread (that was on the verge of going stale) on a cookie sheet. I sprinkled them with garlic powder and salt and turned the over to 200F. I let them bake until they were hard (it took mine 1/2 hour but depending on how much you have on your pan it could be less. (Watch them that they don’t burn but dark brown is fine because they are just bread crumbs). When they were hard I crumbled them into a food processor and pulsed until finely ground. I ended up with enough crumbs to fill a litter container. You can always buy your own breadcrumbs and skip the step

Now onto the chicken:

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken cut into 8ths

Canola oil

Bread crumbs

1 tsp Garlic

1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Pepper

Directions:

Wash the chicken and lay it bone side down onto a 9×13″ foil baking pan lined with parchment paper.

Take canola oil and drizzle onto each piece of chicken

Sprinkle bread crumbs over chicken so that they are completely covered

Sprinkle spices over chicken

If you find it looks too dry, you can add a little more canola oil over the bread crumbs but not too much. You don’t want the pan swimming in oil…you just want it to cover the chicken.

Put into 400F preheated oven uncovered for 1 hour.

Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. The chicken will be crispy and flavourful. It will taste like you deep fried it without the deep frying.

Have fun experimenting with the spices. You can add what you like to your chicken and if you have any questions, just let me know.

Thanks

Chaya

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Healthy Banana Bread

The problem with eating sugar is that the body responds by raising its levels quickly followed by a sugar low. If you replace refined sugars with natural products such as honey, maple syrup, sorghum or molasses, the body with not go through the highs and lows so drastically. Each natural product brings with it its own health benefits, and you will not need as much of them as you would sugar for sweetness.

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

1/2 cp liquid honey

2 medium sized eggs

1/4 cp canola oil

1 scoop vanilla sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 and a 1/2 cp all purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

Peel banana and mash with back of fork. Blend in with wet ingredients until all incorporated. Gradually add dry ingredients. Pour batter into loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Place into preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean.

Again, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

-Chaya

Easy Summer Salad

How are you today? In Toronto’s it’s hot out. We’ve had such cold weather (I know…it’s Canada), but I was hoping for spring weather. (after all, it is May). Today I woke up to see the temperature is absolutely balmy out. I have no time for cooking today. I had a wonderful time food-hopping with a bunch a great kosher foodies in Toronto. Naomi Nachman (Author of “Perfect for Pesach”) came to Toronto for “Kosher Chopped” competition and stayed to hit the Kosher Toronto restaurants. I didn’t even go to every one of them, and I’m tired.

Also, tonight is the Jewish festival of Lag B’Omer. “Lag” for the number 33 which is the number of days since the first night of Pesach (Passover). One of the ways we celebrate it is by lighting bonfires and roasting s’mores. There’s lots of singing and dancing. So tonight calls for an easy salad that will go with bbq hotdogs. This salad is not dairy because I’m serving it with meat and I stick to kosher dietary laws, but feel free to add a dairy dressing if you like! 😘

Ingredients:

1 pint cherrie tomatoes

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 whole peeled cucumber

1 tblsp mayonnaise – dairy free

1 tsp dill powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cut cherrie tomatoes in half and cucumbers into 1 inch pieces. Add diced onion. Mix mayonnaise with spices and mix into salad.

This is SUCH a refreshing salad. It goes with burgers, hotdogs, the last meal on Shabbos …anything.

Remember to have fun with your cooking. Don’t get caught up in the “amounts”. Play with things until they get to where you like them. Eating is supposed to be fun. Reach out to me if you have any questions and follow me on Instagram Kosheriffic

-Chaya

Spaghetti and Meat Balls

Growing up we never had meatballs with our spaghetti. My mother would take ground meat and mash it apart with a fork directly in the frying pan. She would scoop any excess oil out and add that meat to tomato sauce. Somehow it wasn’t satisfying enough for me and I decided when I had my own family, I would make meatballs.

I don’t tend to measure when I’m making meatballs, but this time I did. It’s easy if you want to experiment with amounts. Take your spices, and add them to the ground meat or chicken. Anything works: basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder. Have fun with different ones and change the taste. Honestly, once I added some cinnamon and a bit of sugar. It worked!

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

1 package ground meat (can use chicken)

1 egg

2 tblsp oatmeal

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tblsp ketchup

1 tsp soya sauce

Blend ingredients with wet hands. Form into balls.

Sauce:

I can Hunts tomato sauce

1 can water

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp ketchup

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp pepper

Salt to taste

Boil sauce. When sauce is boiling, drop in meatballs. Allow to simmer for 1 hour.

At the same time bring water with a tsp of salt to a boil. Add a half a package of spaghetti noodles. Let boil until noodles are done (around 10 minutes). Drain noodles and rinse with cold water. This will remove any starch on them.

Plate your noodles and serve with sauce and meatballs. Kids seriously love this meal. The meatballs are soft and easy to chew. Hope you like it. Send me a message if you have any questions. 🤗

– Chaya

Homemade French Toast Sticks

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Ingredients:

4 pieces sliced Challah

2 eggs

1/2 cp milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sugar

Instructions:

Mix eggs, milk, cinnamon and sugar.  Take challah and cut into strips. Dip strips into egg mixture until lightly coated but not soaking.  Prepare frying pan with canola oil. Place one drop of egg mixture in centre of pan. When it starts to bubble, the pan is ready for the toast. Place strips into heated pan, let brown and turn over and repeat on other side.  Make sure to turn down heat as oil gets hot quickly and sticks will easily burn. Serve with honey, syrup, jam or dusting of icing sugar. A fun meal for kids!