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The Passover Seder Plate

This is the traditional arrangement of the Seder Plate.. I picked up on the internet.

The Passover Seder Plate (ke’ara) is a special plate containing six symbolic foods which have special significance to the retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The seventh symbolic item – a stack of three matzot.
Here is the Passover Seder Plate I made for Monday Night’s Seder with Mike and his Children.
Passover Seder 2010

Passover Seder 2010

The 6 items on the Seder Plate – and what I made:

  • Maror and Chazeret:  For maror, many people use freshly grated horseradish or whole horseradish root.  I USED HORSERADISH SAUCE. Chazeret is typically romaine lettuce, whose roots are bitter-tasting.  I USED ROMAINE LETTUCE.
  • Charoset: A sweet, brown, pebbly paste of fruits and nuts, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt. I USED THE CHAROSET MIKE MADE WITH DATES & ALMONDS.
  • Karpas: A vegetable other than bitter herbs, usually parsley… WHICH IS WHAT I USED. FOR DIPPING I BROUGHT OUT A DISH OF WHITE WINE VINEGAR.  
  • Zeroa: A roasted lamb bone, symbolizing the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice), which was a lamb offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.  I ROASATED 5 LAMB CHOPS IN OLIVE OIL AND SEASONINGS.
  • Beitzah: A roasted egg, symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then eaten as part of the meal on Seder night. I ACTUALLY BOILED 6 EGGS.

Once the Seder was complete, we brought out the Matzo Ball Soup, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Rice, and Polo Horesht.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Polo Horesht

Polo Horesht

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

I had never made Matzat Ball Soup… and took the liberty of pulling up the recipe online. Then I realized I didn’t have the Matzat Meal to make the Matzat Balls… so I had Mike go out and get it from the store.

Matzo Balls:

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

Contents of Matzo Pkg

 Matzo Ball Broth(Vegetable Soup):

10Cups Water

2Onions, Cubed

3Garlic Cloves

3Carrots

3Celery

2Potatoes w/skin

1Cup Parsley

1Bay Leaf

1Tsp. Thyme

1Tsp. Basil

2Cups Broccoli

2Cups Cauliflower

Directions: Bring Soup to boil and drop rolled pieces of Matzo Balls into water. Let Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat  and serve.

The Seder was very nice…. we read from the books and performed the Seder as close to the tradition as we could.

For the meal, I had some Mazto Ball Soup, Basmati Rice and Cucumber & Tomato Salad.

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After a couple of nights out… I decided to make something at home from the foods we have here. We spent the day out in Jacksonville,  and ate lunch at the P.F. Chang. I had the Buddha Feast Vegetable Bowl with Brown Rice and a hot tea. Then we went to Costco to load up on groceries and stuff… so coming home to eat from a day full of running around was nice.

I got into my VitaMix cookbook and whipped up a really spicy Tomato and Basil Pesto to pair with some steamed Cauliflower and Green Beans.

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato and Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

1/2Cup Olive Oil

4Ripe Tomatoes, quartered

1/2Cup Basil Leaves

1/2Cup Spinach, stemmed

6Garlic Cloves, peeled

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

1Cup Blanched Almonds

Directions:

Place all ingredients into the VitaMix container  in order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to high. Blend for 30-45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.

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I’m really lovin’ this walking every morning. It’s very invigorating. I’m noticing muscles forming and my body getting tighter. It’s not even hard anymore to wake up at 6:30 am or 7:30am to get dressed and hit the road, even with temps in the lower 40’s and 30’s.

The walking is great cardiovascular and it also helps clear my mind to remind me of what I need to do that day.  And Wednesday, I had a Dental Appointment to get my teeth cleaned. Afterwards, I decided to do a little grocery shopping to pick up some odds and ends to last me until Friday before we hit the road for D.C.

I stopped into a couple of little boutiques and bought some things for the house… and headed home for a Green Salad and Minestrone Soup Lunch. I finally finished off the Salad I made earlier in the week (because Mike doesn’t eat the salads I make!) and ate a bowl of My Minestrone Soup with Whole Wheat Bread Slices.

While I was eating, I had the chance to sit down and watch another Old movie on TMC Wednesday Afternoon. This one was a movie with Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnez. Right now, I can’t remember the name of it, but it also had James Mason in it. Cute movie.!!!

For dinner, I had the chance to make this White Bean Soup I had my eye on since the beginning of the week. I’ve wanted to make a soup with some beans in it, and the White Bean Soup sounded really good. I ended up using the White Beans in the Minestrone Soup and again for the White Bean Soup. Another bonus for this recipe was, that I realized I had frozen some Vegetable Soup Stock and needed to use it.

I warmed up the remaining slices of the Whole Wheat Bread and waited until Mike made his Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Lemon Dressing.

Cucumber Tomato w/Lemon Dressing

Cucumber Tomato Salad w/Lemon Dressing

Mike’s Cucumber, Tomato Salad w/Lemon Dressing:

Ingredients:

4Small Cucumbers

4Tomatoes

1/2Lemon

4Garlic Cloves

Celtic Sea Salt

Directions:

Wash, Peel and chop the Cucumbers and Tomatoes into a bowl. Cut half of a Lemon and squeeze onto the Salad. Mince Garlic Cloves and add Celtic Sea Salt to taste. Mix and Serve. 

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup:

Ingredients:

2Cups White Beans

2Cups Onions

1Cup Broccoli

1Cup Red Bell Pepper

1Cup Yellow Squash

2Cups Vegetable Soup Stock

Celtic Sea Salt

Basil, Oregano, Rosemary

Directions:

Soak beans overnight and drain. Or drain beans from can, place in pot with soup stock and cook for 1 1/2hours if they are uncooked adding more soup stock or distilled water if needed. While beans are cooking, chop Onions, Broccoli, Squash, and Pepper. Add these vegetables, seasonings and Celtic Sea Salt to the beans and cook an additional hour.

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I broke from the norm of eating ONLY RAW FOODS today. Mike made Turkey Cutlets with Potatoes & Onions for lunch. I hadn’t eaten cutlets since before I made my change to Eating Raw Foods and it was good to eat this fresh, healthy meal. The meal I thought wasw healthy, because of the vegetables in the Cutlets and the Salad, and the turkey meat is high in Protein and a much better meat for me.

Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets w/Garlic

Ingredients:

4Onions

6Potatoes

1Pkg Ground Turkey

4Tbls Olive Oil

Tumeric

Paprika

Sea Salt

Pepper

Directions:

Boil Potatoes in water and peel skin. While Potatoes are boiling, peel & chop Onions and then combine package of ground Turkey Meat with Potatoes and Onions. Begin hand mixing the ingredients and add seasonings. Mold the ingredients in to flat, round patties and place into grill with Olive Oil and add Garlic Cloves and grill for 15 minutes or until meat is cooked.

I actually got the opportunity to participate in this lunch creation by molding the ingredients in to patties.  It’s a good thing I got my Pilates workout this morning (Wednesday).

Olive Oil

Olive Oil I Use

Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar I Use

While the Turkey Cutlets were grilling, I decided to make a Garden Salad  with an Oil & Vinegar Dressing to go along with the Cutlets. This Golden Balsamic Vinegar I’m using tastes so good paired with the Olive Oil, I don’t need any kind of seasoning in the Dressing. And I had a bag of Baby Green Lettuce that needed to be used… so there you go!

Ingredients:

1Bag of Baby Greens

Garden Green Salad

Wednesday Green Salad

1Red Bell Pepper

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Avocado

1Small Bunch of Broccoli

3Green Onions

1/2Can of Chick Peas

4Mushrooms

Directions:

Clean and Chop up all the Vegetables and add to washed lettuce and serve. Add Oil & Vinegar to taste.

Yesterday and today (Wednesday), I did pretty well with not eating sweets or junk… and it really feels good to eat fresh and raw. But I can’t say that was true for dinner time.

Onion, Peppers, Zucchini

Onion, Peppers, Zucchini

I got my Garden Green Salad out for dinner and warmed up the Grilled Onions, Peppers & Zucchini  I made Sunday and ate that for dinner. I added the Chick Peas to the Salad, because I realized I had the open can in the refrigerator. A great meal, filling and I didn’t crave anything for a while. It may have been because I had some Hummus and Sangek Bread afterwards.

But as the night progressed… while we were watching Wednesday Night Comedy on ABC, I wanted a Chocolate Dove Bar. That’s 260 calories of useless sugar and chemicals! I don’t know why I can’t keep my hands off this stuff? It’s not helpfull that Mike goes out and buys it either.!

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