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Do you make a particular “meal” every single week? No matter what? That’s not usually the case for me. I’m the type of person who wakes up and says “what do I feel like eating today” vs “today is Monday, which means tonites pasta nite”.

However I have make an exception for Friday nite. For the last few years, I have been making this dish every Friday nite. No. Matter. What. I love this dish: it’s healthy, easy to make and ┬ácheap as beans (no pun intended).

I make a dish called “cholent” which is basically a bean stew that ┬ámany Jewish households make every Sabbath. My version is a little different as it’s a vegetarian version. For the official definition of cholent please click on this wikepdia link. I should add that I did not grow up with this dish. I was only introduced to it as an adult but quickly fell in love with it.

Here’s my recipe.


1 cup of mixed beans (kidney, navy, barley)

3 types of beans...

1 can of pizza sauce (that’s right, pizza sauce)

4-5 cups of water

salt and pepper (generous amounts….don’t be shy)

2 fried onions


1. Rinse beans and drain well.

2. Place all ingredients into a crockpot

3. 24 hours later you will have an awesome healthy meal that will feed four people easily

Note: feel free to add a smokey bbq sauce or any other sauce that you might have hanging around your fridge.

One more piece of advice: If you don’t have a crockpot, please consider buying a cheap one. It’s SO worth it. There is nothing like making a meal in ONE POT that you can leave on the counter and find out that the next day, your meal is ready. Trust me.

Happy Cooking.

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4 Responses to “I Make This Meal Every Friday!”

  1. Kim
    May 25th, 2012 at 08:44 | #1

    Sounds great! I grew up on the traditional cholent but no one else in my family likes it. This one they might.

    A couple of questions:
    1. Do you keep on low for the 24 hours?
    2. Do you use dried beans or canned?


    • admin
      May 29th, 2012 at 07:56 | #2

      THanks Kim for leaving a comment. I keep it on high overnite and then switch it to low in the morning. As for question #2..I only use dried beans for this recipe. Hope this helps. Cheers.

  2. May 25th, 2012 at 15:52 | #3

    That looks so nice and simple that I think even I could make it!

  3. Suzie
    June 2nd, 2012 at 06:55 | #4

    Hi Vicky,

    I’m in the process of preparing this dish. Questions: How much pizza sauce? And, I can substitute the beans? I’d like to add chickpeas and I don’t like red kidney beans.


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