Meal and a Spiel Announces Healthy and Gluten-Free Kugel Recipe for Rosh Hashanah

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A favorite food of the Jewish New Year, kugel is traditionally laden with sour cream, butter, and cups of sugar. A Los Angeles based cooking school offers a delicious healthy alternative.

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We know of the dangers of brisket, but kugel is the silent killer. It's served on the side of the main course so psychologically you convince yourself it's a vegetable.

Rosh Hashanah begins September 4, 2014. Noodle kugel is a staple of this holiday. Traditionally kugels are filled with all the foods we know we are supposed to avoid: unhealthy fats, the "bad" cholesterol, white flour noodles, and an excess of sugar. As a response, Elana Horwich offers both a healthy kosher recipe which "cleans kugel up" and a "spiel" that humorously pokes fun of the paradoxical love of Jews to both talk about death and disease, and eat terribly rich foods.

"We know the dangers of brisket, but kugel is the silent killer. It is served as a side to the main course so psychologically you convince yourself its a vegetable." The Kugel That Won't Kill You "spiel" is based on a performance Horwich has delivered as a stand up comic in Los Angeles. Her tone has irreverent bite mixed with "nice Jewish yenta." "To not eat kugel is like not kissing your grandmother hello. To insult Moses. To go home hungry."

Kugel That Won't Kill You uses coconut milk instead of cream and sour cream; extra virgin coconut oil instead of butter or margarine; minimal raw honey instead of cups of refined sugar; and gluten-free brown rice noodles instead of white flour egg noodles. She further sophisticates the recipe by cooking the raisins in good red wine and spices.

Meal and a Spiel is a Los Angeles based cooking school and online resource for recipes, videos, and health information that successfully teaches "the career girl generation" to cook with passion. The spiels are written to allow cooks to enter into the recipe viscerally, from the heart and body, and not only from the mind. Founded in 2010 by former high school history teacher and comedienne Elana Horwich who learned to cook while living in Italy, Meal and a Spiel believes in the power to transform the world one love-filled meal at a time. Please visit

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