My memories of Jewish Holidays often revolve around some of my favorites, Matzo Ball soup, Matzo Bri, Matzo Pudding and Matzo Kugel. You get the picture. Matzo is made out of flour and water. That's it. Kind of like paste running through your veins. Matzo, I love it, it hates me. Also, the famous meat of all Jewish Holidays ~ the Brisket. A big slab of meat smothered with sweet gravy.
Since I no longer eat red meat, and being the rebel that I am, I decided to make a turkey. I went to three markets and no one had any turkeys. The first meat dept. manager looked at me like I was crazy and felt the need to tell me that Thanksgiving is in November. The second offered me a pre-cooked pre-wrapped turkey breast that looked like a big bald bunch of jellied meat substitute and the third meat dept. manager showed me to the packages of turkey legs and wings and said that's all they had. I asked him what they did with the rest of the turkey???
So I bought a chicken. Since we have chicken a lot I took to my trusty Pinterest food board to try and find a fabulous recipe for a chicken. And I did. Chicken rosemary (from our garden) stuffed with apple with new potatoes, sweet potatoes and garlic cloves that caramelized just thrown in the pan and were so delicious. The apple was the sweet part, for the new year. I used a little chicken broth in the pan instead of the wine it called for. The house smelled heavenly, and the chicken was amazing. Find the recipe here.
The Moist Apple Cake was a random recipe I saw on line from Egglands Best, I couldn't pin it so here it is, very easy.
- 4 cups of diced apple
- 2 cups of flour (I used gluten free)
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar (I used a little honey, you could also use stevia)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 large beaten eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Here are some common and healthy ingredient swaps;
- One banana = two eggs
- 1/2 cup of applesauce = 1/2 cup of butter
- One cup of Greek yogurt = one cup of sour cream
- One cup of crushed nuts = one cup of bread crumbs
- One cup mashed avocado = one cup of mayo
- Substitute dates for sugar
- Substitute nut flour for 1/2 all purpose flour