Healthy and Kosher...Who Knew?

by Mary Keen


Whether it’s a recipe for probiotic kosher dill pickles or a pesto brisket recipe, the Internet abounds with kosher recipe sites and blogs for all tastes, dietetic concerns and health needs. In the past decade, kosher food sales in American supermarkets has reached a growth rate of 15% compared to a 4% rate for food that is not kosher. Eleven million Americans buy kosher food! Why? According to a recent survey, 55% of kosher food consumers do so because they believe that kosher food is healthier.

Love to Eat - Hate to Cook?
CJE also has expertise in preparing kosher foods, which are served throughout its residences. For community members, CJE offers fresh-frozen Kosher to Go meals, prepared in Lieberman Center’s kitchen, which is cRc certified. Kosher To Go meals are perfect for anyone wanting a balanced kosher meal, ready in minutes. They can be ordered in advance and kept in the freezer. We get many requests from people who are leaving the hospital and are not quite ready to shop and cook. The everyday meal selection is available at

For special events or family gatherings, CJE SeniorLife offers an enticing catering menu of homemade kosher hors d’oeuvres, salads, party platters, sandwiches, sides, dinner entrees and desserts. Catering can be ordered from cRc-approved Lieberman Center, or from Weinberg Community, where preparation is rabbinically-supervised.

For moreinformation call 847.929.3200 for Lieberman Center or 847.236.7859 for Weinberg Community.


Here are a few websites that are great for nouveau kosher cuisine featuring recipes with a healthier flair  (link is external)- Has a section on healthy kosher foods. (link is external) - Offers a free e-book for kosher meal planning. (link is external) - Is hosted by a registered dietitian. (link is external) - Offers a compendium of kosher food writers. Just search for “healthy” and find lots of articles about healthy kosher food. (link is external) - Takes health and kosher cooking seriously.

For those who prefer a good old-fashioned cookbook, we recommend the following

Cooking Kosher the Natural Way by Jane Kinderlehrer
Plenty (all vegetarian dishes) by Yotam Ottolenghi
Jewish Cooking for all Seasons: Fresh, Flavorful Kosher Recipes for Holidays and Every Day by Laura Frankel Executive Chef at Spertus Kosher Catering

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of LIFE, CJE SeniorLife's quarterly magazine.