Slow Cooker Brisket with Onions—Simple and Scrumptious

Sunday, December 8, 2019

 A slow cooker turns a tough, less-expensive cut of beef into a flavorful, hearty meal that's ideal for Hanukkah and for all-types of entertaining. Because of its simplicity and scrumptious flavor, it is sure to become a family favorite. We served ours up on our festive Livliga pattern Celebrate!

I was fortunate to grow up with friends and family who are Jewish. Being included in Hanukkah celebrations was fun and the foods served were delicious. This past year my husband and I got hooked on the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. At the beginning of the series, in just about every episode, Mrs. Maisel brings a prepared brisket to an audition or to the talent manager at a local comedy club. It brought back memories of those wonderful Hanukkah celebrations and the oh-so-delicious brisket I ate. It made me want to recreate the dish.

To complete the memory I also wanted to serve up latkes with the slow cooked brisket. I searched around, tweaked some recipes and the ultimate results for brisket and latkes is below. I did produce a healthier version of the original recipes but without giving up any of the deliciousness. The tastes lived up to the fond memory and all those gathered around the table enjoyed the dishes.

Slow Cooker Brisket with Onions

  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled 
  • 1 first cut of beef brisket (4 pounds), trimmed of excess fat 
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper 
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving 

  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine onion and garlic. Season brisket with salt and pepper and place, fat side up, in slow cooker. Add broth. Cover and cook on high until brisket is fork-tender, about 6 hours. Remove brisket and thinly slice against the grain. Serve with onion and some cooking liquid; sprinkle with parsley.
  2. If you make this ahead of time, cover and refrigerate brisket in cooking liquid, up to 1 week. Reheat in a 300-degree oven.

Nutritional Information
Serves: 12. Calories: Calories: 289; Total Fat 9.4g; Saturated Fat 3.6g; Cholesterol 135mg; Sodium 124mg; Total Carbohydrate 1.6g; Dietary Fiber 0.3g; Total Sugars 0.6g; Protein 46.4g.

Seasonal Roasted Root Vegetable Latkes 
(Originally from Cooking Light)

  • 3 cups roasted root vegetables (potato, parsnip, carrot, turnip, sweet potato), finely chopped (about 14 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup finely grated onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant potato flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon small fresh dill sprigs

  1. Place first 11 ingredients in a bowl, stirring to combine. 
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add 1/4 cup vegetable mixture to pan; flatten slightly. Repeat procedure 5 times to form 6 latkes; 
  3. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Place latkes on a plate; keep warm. 
  4. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and remaining vegetable mixture. 
  5. Combine sour cream and horseradish in a bowl. Top each latke with about 2 teaspoons sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon dill sprigs.

Nutritional Information

Serves: 6. Serving Size: 2 latkes. Calories: 196; Fat 14g; Satfat 2g; Unsatfat 11; Protein 4g; Carbohydrates 15g; Fiber 2g; Sugars 4g; Sodium 247mg.

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Bariatric Meal Plan: Holiday Edition with Chef Rose Archer

Friday, December 6, 2019

I adore the holidays. I love the lights, the time off work to spend with family and friends, cutting down our own Christmas tree and, of course, I love all the foods that we often don't eat any other time of the year.

What I don't love is how I often feel afterward. Both right after the meal and in January! 😒

People like to blame the amino acid, tryptophan, in turkey as the thing that makes them sleepy. But it's not. It's the volume of food and the high amount of fat and sugar in everything. (Curious to know more? Check out this article here)

So what would it feel like to know you get to decide how you felt after your festive holiday meal? I think pretty well!

And that starts with what you put on your Livliga plate.

Side Story 😜: When I was married in my 20's, I was at my first Thanksgiving with my in-laws. I adored them, and when one of them said we would be having "green salad" at our big dinner, I was surprised and excited. So when we sat down at the table and they passed me the "green salad" I was in for a bigger surprise. Green Salad in Texas meant green jello with fruit cocktail stirred in. Maybe even cool whip! 😂 I think they still tell that story of the health nut from Maui that used to be married to their son!

So back to our conversation! One of the recipes I could never embrace (besides "green salad”) was the sickly sweet canned yams with brown sugar and marshmallows. 🤢😆 So this recipe started with wanting to find something that would fill that spot.

Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash--a great holiday edition

Deciding to add spiciness was intentional. Something our palates like is variety and something that is often lacking on holiday menus. Everything is either salty and rich or sweet and rich, which I delicious!

But because there is no variety, it's easy to overeat as our palates are wanting to feel satisfied. By adding different flavors, spices, and complexity, it makes us satisfied sooner, and we eat less food. You can vary the spice level in this recipe to your liking. You can use half a jalapeno or none at all. The Fresno chilis are very mild, so I would keep them in.

The sweetness is a little bit of a trick. There is no sweetener of any kind in the recipe. But by adding pumpkin pie spice, we trick our brains into tasting sweetness because it associates that flavor with sweet pie.

If this recipe doesn't make it onto your holiday menu, I hope you will try it sometime this winter while the squash is at its peak flavor and lowest cost.

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Is cranberry sauce one of those seasonal foods you just have to have? Try this easy and healthier homemade version that can be enjoyed with so many meals! Delicious and healthy holiday meals are a must have...especially on Vivente dinnerware!

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Friday, November 29, 2019
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Not sure what to get everyone on your list this holiday season? Don't fret, Livliga has you covered! We made a gift guide to help you give the gift of health this year.

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Happy Healthy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving from all of us at Livliga. We would like to thank you for being a part of an incredible community committed to living life as our healthiest selves! 

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, November 25, 2019

When you think of root vegetables they make us think of Autumn, don't they? Ever thought about making a roasted root salad? They are easy, satisfying and tasty...especially served up on your favorite Livliga pattern!

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