The Jew & the Carrot: A Blog about Jews, Food & Sustainability
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I’m not sure there is anything more comforting than a bowl of hot soup on a cold day. Lentil soup is a healthy, waist-friendly meal with an amazingly satisfying taste.
People choose not to eat meat for a number of reasons — among them health, the environment and animal rights and welfare. If you are trying to become healthier, go meatless on Mondays. This salad recipe makes a great meatless lunch or side dish. Adding more salads and vegetables to an already healthy diet is a wonderful way to increase our own health and the health of our planet.
In 2015, some 50 years after concerns were first raised about a possible link between trans fats and heart attacks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of trans fats in processed foods, are no longer “generally recognized as safe” in human food. This action is expected to prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks annually. Multiply that by 50 years.
The Tu B’Shvat Seder placed special emphasis on Shivat Haminim — the Seven Species of produce native to the Land of Israel, which are mentioned in the Torah: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and honey.
Although in many parts of the world it is still winter, Tu B’Shvat — the 15th of Shvat, the New Year of the Trees, also known as Chag Ha’Ilanot, foretells the coming of spring and presents an opportunity to honor the forthcoming season with a heightened taste. Tu B’Shvat is listed in the Mishna (oral law) as the date used for calculating the beginning of the agricultural cycle for the purpose of biblical tithes. Today, it offers us a unique opportunity for insight into our personal growth through an exploration of the connection between trees, their fruits and our spiritual existence. Throughout the centuries, kabbalists have used the tree as a metaphor to understand God’s relationship to the spiritual and physical worlds.