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Vegetarian Living

Great recipes for the Nine Days and the rest of the year.


Although there is no meat allowed during the Nine Days, the mourning period leading up to Tisha B'av, that doesn’t mean that every night has to be noodles and cheese (although sometimes I think my kids would prefer that!). Here are some alternative suggestions:

Moroccan Vegetable Soup

Great for any night with a loaf of fresh bread. Particularly good after a fast.

1 large onion, chopped
2-tablespoons cumin
2-tablespoons canola oil
2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes with juice (do not drain)
8 cups water mixed with 3 tablespoons pareve chicken soup mix
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained
2 red peppers, chopped
1 half head cabbage, chopped
1/4 pound green beans
4 zucchini, sliced
1-teaspoon pepper
1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti, broken in half

In a large pot, sauté the onion and cumin in oil until soft and aromatic. Add all other ingredients except spaghetti and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. Add the pasta and cook until ready -- 8 to 10 minutes. Serves 14.

Summer Salmon Salad


2-fillets fresh salmon
4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
4 ears fresh corn
2 ripe avocados, diced
1/2 red onion, sliced
2-heads romaine lettuce, washed and checked


1- cup olive oil
2/3- cup cider vinegar
1-teaspoon sugar or honey
1-tablespoon oregano

Combine all dressing ingredients and shake to mix well.

For salad, preheat broiler. Cover salmon with barbecue sauce and broil until cooked through. Cool and break into pieces. Scrape kernels off ears of corn and roast in broiler – 3- 5 minutes. Cool. Combine all salad ingredients and dress to taste.

Easy Noodle Surprise

2 packages frozen vegetable or cheese ravioli
1 jar marinara sauce
8-ounces mozzarella cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer ravioli in 9 x 13 baking dish and pour sauce over. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake until cheese is bubbly and getting crisp – about 1/2 hour.


This has a lot of pieces but is very easy and relies on many convenience foods. To serve 10 people you will need:

1-box (12/package) taco shells. Heat them when ready according to package directions.
3-boxes Spanish rice. Cook according to package directions. If Spanish rice is unavailable where you live, just add sautéed onions and red peppers with some chili powder, garlic and paprika to cooked long grain rice.
Guacamole. This can also be purchased or homemade by mashing ripe avocados with some garlic powder, black pepper and mayonnaise. Tomatoes and/or cilantro can be added to taste.
Sour cream
Grated cheddar cheese.
Sliced black olives
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Vegetarian chili, the easy way:

Mix together drained cans of your favorite beans – white kidney, red kidney, black etc. with some cans of corn, a can of diced green chiles and some tomato puree. Add chili powder to taste (we like lots). Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.

The fun part: Put tacos together. Everyone gets a taco, some rice and some chili and then can add the toppings of their choice. Easy and delicious.

And of course there’s always bagels and cream cheese...

July 8, 2002

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Visitor Comments: 4

(4) Miriam Peromsik, June 26, 2003 12:00 AM

vegetarian vs. non-meat

I don't know how many people go through the archives like I do, or if anyone will really see this comment, but I wanted to respond to the comment about fish and vegetarianism. I think there is a basic difference between secular vegetarianism and Torah vegetarianism. Those of us who keep kosher tend to think of vegetarian as non-fleishig. While that translates literally as flesh, it really only applies to red meat. Poultry gets added by Rabbinic decree, but the Torah says fish are parve, non-meat and non-dairy. If we think about it, we know they are animals. Eggs are also parve by Torah definition, unless they have been fertilized, in which case they are completely forbidden. According to the Torah, it is *not* the same as eating a chicken. The author intended these recipes for use during the first nine days of Av, when the custom is that because of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, we don't eat anything containing meat during this time. Thus fish, eggs and dairy are perfectly acceptable. I'm sure she didn't mean to cause confusion by referring to the recipes as "vegetarian."

(3) Sandy English, July 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Fish is not a vegetarian category

I am very sorry to inform you, but fish is an animal. Fish recipes are not vegetarian. There are lacto-vegetarians, ovo-vegetarians, and vegans. Some people do eat fish, but the very word vegetarian means abstaining from animal products. You have listed fish recipes under the category Vegetarian Living, but a true vegetarian would not eat any animal products except for permitted dairy products. Eggs are potential chickens, so by eating eggs, one is actually eating a chicken. And fish are not vegetables; they are sea or lake creatures. I don't mean to be offensive, but you should think carefully about including fish recipes in a vegetarian category.

(2) Deacon Moran McMahon, July 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Great recipes

Can't wait to try these delicious recipes. Please provide more.

(1) roger silva, July 13, 2002 12:00 AM

Very Interesting!!

I'm a vegetarian and always looking new recipes, and find Jewish culture informative and fun!!

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