Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes "ChanukahLITE"

Everyone loves Latkes over Chanukah. As delicious as they are, so much oil isn't too healthy! So I did some experimenting with friends in the kitchen to find a healthier alternative that the kids would still enjoy. I replaced regular potato with shredded sweet potato and zucchini and used almond flour and eggs to bind the mixture. Using coconut oil to fry them until golden and crispy.  I also baked some in a mini muffin tin and they were just as delicious. I guess the true test was that within 15min of finishing in the kitchen they were gone! My kids, nieces and nephews devoured them. Even my little Ester  (almost 2) is still asking for "more".  

So I guess now that there now is a new tradition in the Feldman House..."ChanukahLITE"... the miracle of kids eating zucchini without even realizing it :) 

 

Recipe: 

2 large sweet potatoes

8 whole zucchinis  ( 4 peeled and 4 with skin on)

1 onion

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1 tsp salt

 Black pepper to taste  

Coarsely grate potatoes and zucchini.

Finely grate one onion. 

Beat the eggs and add to mixture. 

Add flour, salt and pepper.

Mix well! 

For frying, line the pan with coconut oil. 

Once hot add 1 tablespoon of mixture and turn over once golden. 

Drain on roller towel and allow to cool. 

For baking , spray the muffin tin with olive oil  spray. Spoon mixture into the tins. Brush with coconut oil and bake  at 180 degrees until golden brown.

 

 Almond flour is a gluten free alternative to normal flour. 

Almond flour is a gluten free alternative to normal flour. 

 Fresh out the pan!

Fresh out the pan!

 Serving suggestion - Stack latkes with a dollop of homemade guacamole. Garnish with coarse black pepper and a wedge of lemon. 

Serving suggestion - Stack latkes with a dollop of homemade guacamole. Garnish with coarse black pepper and a wedge of lemon. 

 Convenient bite sized snack for kids! 

Convenient bite sized snack for kids! 

Compliments of Sam Sher and styled by Jody Sher! 

Marvelous Marble Cheesecake Recipe!

Last night I hosted a Pre Shavuot evening for ladies. We heard an inspiring Shiur on the 'Spirituality of Shavuot' from Rebbetzin Chanee Shlomo of the Sinai Academy in Cape Town, a hands on talk by florist Manon from Okasie Flower Shop in Stellenbosch who showed creative ways of presenting flowers and I gave a Marble Cheesecake demo. We also explained the deeper significance behind the custom of eating dairy on Shavuot and decorating the Synagogue with flowers. A quick thought on the flowers: According to tradition G-d miraculously adorned Mount Sinai (situated in the desert) with beautiful flowers in celebration of the giving of the Torah. This reminds us that in life if one feels lost in a Spiritual wilderness, through the study and observance of the Torah one transforms that Spiritual emptiness into a blooming garden of flowers; bringing beauty, direction and meaning to one's life.    

Now while I don't usually eat dairy I don't  mind observing the custom on Shavuot and having a bite - in general I go by the 80/20 rule, and this marvelous marble cheesecake recipe will have your Shavuot guests begging for a second portion!

It is super easy and shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to prepare.

Here's the recipe:

Crust:

    3/4 cup coconut oil

    3/4 cup brown sugar

    1 egg

    1 tsp custard powder

    1/2 tsp vanilla essence

    1/2 tsp baking powder   

Mix all ingredients together and spray a Pyrex dish and press dough in the bottom and sides of the dish to form a base.

Filling:

    3 containers of smooth cottage cheese / cream cheese

    1 cup brown sugar

    2 whisked eggs

    1 lemon squeezed

    1 tsp vanilla essence

    pinch of salt

    1 tablespoon cocoa

Mix all ingredients together except for the cocoa and leave 1/3 of the batter in the bowl and add the rest into your dish.

Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa to 1/3 cup of batter and pour along the centre of your dish.

Ypu can use a knife or toothpick to design your marble cheese cake.

Bake at 150 c for an hour or into cupcake holders for 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

Wishing you a meaningful and inspring Shavuot!