A Refreshing Summer Salad

A Refreshing Summer Salad

Cauliflower Tabouleh with Lemon Tahini Dressing

My obsession with Israeli food continues with this delicious, grain-free summer salad! I LOVE tabouleh, but I’m making a more conscious effort to eat less grains and more veggies. This does the trick! I love grilling a simple piece of fish and serving it on top of this salad.

1 yellow pepper, seeded and diced

1 red pepper, seeded and diced

1 cucumber, seeded and diced

1 pint of cherry tomatoes cut in half or 3 tomatoes, diced small

2 bags (8 ounce bags) of fresh cauliflower rice or one head cauliflower, trimmed

1/2 cup basil, chopped

1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped


Lemon Tahini Dressing

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup tahini

hot water

salt and pepper

Make the dressing by blending garlic and lemon juice. While food processor is running, add tahini and then olive oil. Dilute with hot water until desired thickness. (should pour like syrup)

Combine all salad ingredients in mixing bowl and add the dressing. Season with salt and pepper.

If you are using a head of cauliflower, cut out the core and pulse in food processor until it resembles rice!

What are you favorite Summer salads? If you make this one, let me know how it turns out! Enjoy.

Tales of a Wannabe Athlete

Tales of a Wannabe Athlete

My friends and family know that I have a penchant for signing up for athletic challenges that are way beyond the norm for a Jewish Princess from Atlanta. I am not particularly athletically inclined, but since I was little, I have dreamed of being strong, fast and fierce. Unfortunately, I may have not been meant for Olympic glory probably because I was the girl always asking about snack time and not particularly good about following the rules.  My family still loves to retell the story of my father driving to my boarding school in Massachusetts for my championship Ice Hockey game only to find that I had been retired to the penalty box for the entire game after hitting a girl with my hockey stick. She was too close to me, Jeez!

These thoughts of being strong and athletic with never-ending stamina fill my dreams on a daily basis. Does anyone relate to my ruminations? I am an entrepreneur, actress, speaker, single mom and author. Why do I keep hoping to add "athlete" to my life resume? Why isn't going to the gym or taking a spin class enough?

My latest leap into extremism was prompted by one of my mentors, Jesse Itzler, author of Living With A Seal and Living With The Monks. It involves flying to Utah and committing to climb a mountain that will be similar to climbing Denali in Alaska. Denali is the highest peak in North America. This challenge is not to climb the mountain once, but to climb it as many times as you can in 30 hours. What the fuck am I thinking? Well, I learned from my sister in law that anytime I have these sentiments, I'm on the right track, so, I've purchased the ticket and have three months to train.

I think I'm drawn to this kind of craziness because I know it's an area in my life where I don't feel drawn to compete or win anything. I literally get energy from being part of a group of like minded people that are trying to achieve something out of their comfort zone. It's exhilarating and I find it an area where my fellow humans are incredibly supportive. 

A few years ago, I trained and took part in several triathlons. In one of them, I finished dead last and it didn't matter! I was in it for the experience and my only goal was to train and finish. I wish this is how all of us would look at our lives. The experience is what it's all about and I like to believe there are no limits to what is possible. 

I will train for my experience in Utah and I will get on a plane and go. I probably won't scale the mountain as many times as others, but I will be present to the experience. I will laugh, probably cry and take deep satisfaction that I challenged myself to get out there and do something beyond my limits.

What is something you have always wanted to do that you are putting off and why?

What can you put on your calendar and commit to today?

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A Day In The Life...

 I often get asked what a typical day might look like in the restaurant & entrepreneur world, so, I've been giving it a lot of thought. As I wax poetic about my days, I realized there is really nothing "typical" about my daily life or how I choose to live, but people ask, so here goes!  Let's start with today. I have a snake in my house. Somewhere in a crawlspace under the house, a 5-foot, apparently non-poisonous snake scared off the air conditioning man who was trying to fix my broken air conditioner. It's currently 88 degrees in every room. A wee bit uncomfortable. It's 7:30AM, so after driving my 14-year old to the bus, I am patiently waiting for crocodile Dave, the snake handler and the air guy as I try to wrangle my 2 very warm dogs.   Let me back up a bit. My typical day for me usually starts at 6AM when I get up and start the uber patient process of getting a teen out of bed. I'm sure many of you can relate, especially, if you are parenting a teenage boy. Uuuugh! We finally get out the door, hot and sweaty at 7:50AM and enjoy the lovely ride to the bus where I repeatedly ask Jonah to get off the phone as he eye rolls me to death.  Yep, I can feel the payback for my rebellious youth.  So, snake man comes, removes the snake and proceeds to tell me about the fortune I need to spend to avoid more snakes in my future. I'm afraid I'll wake up with a boa constrictor around my neck, so I pay.  All before 8AM.  Then off to the gym. Because I'm a wannabe athlete, I'm training for an endurance event which is a great idea for anyone with a million things on their plate! So I head to my workout, knowing it will be a little tight on time because I need to be at one of our 4 restaurants before 10AM. I think I'm doing great until I look at the treadmill next to me where my friend's 75-year old mother is kicking my ass by running faster than me and running at a steeper incline. Oy.   After I train, I proceed to my favorite smoothie joint and sit to write "the list". It's my daily practice of making a list about what I'd like to get done today. I do it mostly because I get extreme satisfaction in crossing things off the list. It can be anything from laundry, picking up groceries and watering the yard to speaking to an employee, planning our next event or emailing a contact. I highly recommend the practice. It changed my life.  Twenty years in, my life in the restaurant business doesn't feel all that different than day one, except that I no longer have to mop at the end of the day or take out the garbage! I spend most of my time these days creating new recipes, writing weekly menus, talking with farmers and purveyors, putting out fires in our 48-person organization and coming up with new strategies to inspire our team -- from Chef to dishwasher. I step into cook when someone needs a day off or vacation and I find myself looking forward to those simple times when I only have to focus on what is in front of me. I'm one of those people who has a billion projects going on at one time. In addition to restaurant duties, I spent today working on our non-profit, The Zadie Project which gets soups to kids in title one schools. I also had a meeting about a one woman show I'm doing in November, bought plane tickets to London to track down an Israeli chef I'm obsessed with, worked on a speaking gig and planned my next cooking classes. Is it not pathetic that as I write this, I'm thinking that I feel lazy? I obviously need more therapy!  My day at work usually wraps up around 4PM (unless we have a special event or cooking class) and I make my way back to the bus stop for Jonah and we head home.  People often ask what Chefs/restaurant people cook at home. I can tell you what I DON'T DO. I don't bring home food from the restaurant. After looking at our food all day, no matter how fresh and delicious it may be, I just don't want it anymore! I cook very simply at home and I'm certainly not above ordering a pizza when I'm pooped.  I'm notoriously known for being in bed by 9PM which is a challenge when I'm doing a play or have a speaking engagement, but I love nothing more than taking a hot bath, finding my softest jammies and cozying up in bed with a good book or listening to one of my favorite podcasts. Oprah's 'Super Soul Conversations' is my go-to this week.  I'm out by 10PM at the latest. That sounds so lovely doesn't it? Maybe I should throw in the fact that I've started going through menopause, so I really only sleep a couple of hours before I wake up drenched from a hot flash and my snake dreams!  Oh gosh, it's 6AM. Time to get this party started!  My life is a bit eccentric, a bit crazy and a bit frustrating at times, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.   Please tell me about you! Seriously, I'm interested! How are dealing with parenting your teen? What is your day like? What do you do to relax? Do I sound nuts? Feel free to comment below or email me personally at souperjenny@aol.com   Have a great week!  Jenny

I often get asked what a typical day might look like in the restaurant & entrepreneur world, so, I've been giving it a lot of thought. As I wax poetic about my days, I realized there is really nothing "typical" about my daily life or how I choose to live, but people ask, so here goes!

Let's start with today. I have a snake in my house. Somewhere in a crawlspace under the house, a 5-foot, apparently non-poisonous snake scared off the air conditioning man who was trying to fix my broken air conditioner. It's currently 88 degrees in every room. A wee bit uncomfortable. It's 7:30AM, so after driving my 14-year old to the bus, I am patiently waiting for crocodile Dave, the snake handler and the air guy as I try to wrangle my 2 very warm dogs. 

Let me back up a bit. My typical day for me usually starts at 6AM when I get up and start the uber patient process of getting a teen out of bed. I'm sure many of you can relate, especially, if you are parenting a teenage boy. Uuuugh! We finally get out the door, hot and sweaty at 7:50AM and enjoy the lovely ride to the bus where I repeatedly ask Jonah to get off the phone as he eye rolls me to death.  Yep, I can feel the payback for my rebellious youth.

So, snake man comes, removes the snake and proceeds to tell me about the fortune I need to spend to avoid more snakes in my future. I'm afraid I'll wake up with a boa constrictor around my neck, so I pay.

All before 8AM.

Then off to the gym. Because I'm a wannabe athlete, I'm training for an endurance event which is a great idea for anyone with a million things on their plate! So I head to my workout, knowing it will be a little tight on time because I need to be at one of our 4 restaurants before 10AM. I think I'm doing great until I look at the treadmill next to me where my friend's 75-year old mother is kicking my ass by running faster than me and running at a steeper incline. Oy. 

After I train, I proceed to my favorite smoothie joint and sit to write "the list". It's my daily practice of making a list about what I'd like to get done today. I do it mostly because I get extreme satisfaction in crossing things off the list. It can be anything from laundry, picking up groceries and watering the yard to speaking to an employee, planning our next event or emailing a contact. I highly recommend the practice. It changed my life.

Twenty years in, my life in the restaurant business doesn't feel all that different than day one, except that I no longer have to mop at the end of the day or take out the garbage! I spend most of my time these days creating new recipes, writing weekly menus, talking with farmers and purveyors, putting out fires in our 48-person organization and coming up with new strategies to inspire our team -- from Chef to dishwasher. I step into cook when someone needs a day off or vacation and I find myself looking forward to those simple times when I only have to focus on what is in front of me. I'm one of those people who has a billion projects going on at one time. In addition to restaurant duties, I spent today working on our non-profit, The Zadie Project which gets soups to kids in title one schools. I also had a meeting about a one woman show I'm doing in November, bought plane tickets to London to track down an Israeli chef I'm obsessed with, worked on a speaking gig and planned my next cooking classes. Is it not pathetic that as I write this, I'm thinking that I feel lazy? I obviously need more therapy!

My day at work usually wraps up around 4PM (unless we have a special event or cooking class) and I make my way back to the bus stop for Jonah and we head home.

People often ask what Chefs/restaurant people cook at home. I can tell you what I DON'T DO. I don't bring home food from the restaurant. After looking at our food all day, no matter how fresh and delicious it may be, I just don't want it anymore! I cook very simply at home and I'm certainly not above ordering a pizza when I'm pooped.

I'm notoriously known for being in bed by 9PM which is a challenge when I'm doing a play or have a speaking engagement, but I love nothing more than taking a hot bath, finding my softest jammies and cozying up in bed with a good book or listening to one of my favorite podcasts. Oprah's 'Super Soul Conversations' is my go-to this week.

I'm out by 10PM at the latest. That sounds so lovely doesn't it? Maybe I should throw in the fact that I've started going through menopause, so I really only sleep a couple of hours before I wake up drenched from a hot flash and my snake dreams!

Oh gosh, it's 6AM. Time to get this party started!

My life is a bit eccentric, a bit crazy and a bit frustrating at times, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Please tell me about you! Seriously, I'm interested! How are dealing with parenting your teen? What is your day like? What do you do to relax? Do I sound nuts? Feel free to comment below or email me personally at souperjenny@aol.com

Have a great week!

Jenny

Make This Delicious Green Gazpacho!

Make This Delicious Green Gazpacho!

Green Gazpacho

Serves 4

*2 green peppers, seeds out, chopped

*2 cloves garlic, chopped

*4 tomatillos, husks off and chopped

*1/2 pound of green grapes

*2 avocados, pits removed

*1/2 jalapeno, chopped (optional)

*1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

*2 cucumbers, peeled and seeds removed.

*salt and pepper

This recipe is so easy! Puree everything in a food processor or blender and salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh cilantro or mint!