How about a kugel recipe for the Passover / Pesach festival that has no cholesterol? Kugel recipes abound, but the following vegetable kugel recipe keeps your health in mind.

What is kugel? Kugel (also spelled: kugal) means "pudding" in Yiddish. More specifically, the word "kugel" derives from the Yiddish word "kugl" which in turn derives from the Middle High German word "kugel", meaning "ball". Kugel is essentially a baked pudding - usually, but not always, of potatoes and/or noodles - which is usually served as a side dish.

Vegetable Kugel Recipe

2 cups grated Red Delicious apple
2 cups grated raw sweet potato
2 cups grated raw carrot
2 cups matzo meal
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, melted
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda (see note below)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar, optional

Instructions for the Vegetable Kugel recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius or Centigrade).
  2. Grease a 9-by-13-inch (22.86-centimeter-by-33.02-centimeter) pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine apple, sweet potato, carrot, matzo meal, margarine, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar; mix well.
  4. Pour into prepared pan.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil; bake 45 minutes.
  6. Increase oven heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius or Centigrade), remove cover, and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Slice and eat hot.

Yield: 12 to 16 casserole servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (based on 12 servings): Calories: 230; Fat: 15.5 grams (61 percent calories from Fat); Saturated Fat: 3 grams; Cholesterol: no cholesterol; Protein: 2 grams; Carbohydrates: 21 grams; Sugar: 6 grams; Fiber: 2.5 grams; Sodium: 788 milligrams; Calcium: 24 milligrams; Potassium: 174 milligrams.

Note: Use a food processor to make it very easy to complete this recipe. Baking soda is permitted for the Passover festival because it is a pure product and not a leavening agent.

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