- 1 1/2 Slices of Matzo (165 calories)
- 4 oz. Egg Beaters (60 calories)
- 1/8 Cup Aunt Jemima Lite Syrup (50 calories)
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon (optional)
Whether it’s left over matzo or you just want a traditional treat, here’s a way to enjoy Matzo Brei and keep your calories in check.
Take 1 1/2 slices of matzo and soak it in warm water. (I soak it for 20 seconds, my father soaked it for a minute, my grandfather soaked it until he had to wring it out — the length of the soak is a complex calculation based upon tradition, personal taste and how many matzo brei experts happen to be in your kitchen.) Take the matzo out of the water and shake it to remove any excess. Break the matzo into appropriate sized pieces (another personal choice about which everyone will have an opinion) and place the pieces into another bowl. Add the Egg Beaters and the Cinnamon. Salt and Pepper to taste. Pour the mixture into a heated no-stick frying pan (use nothing, no-stick spray or a drop of oil — remember the oil may add up to 60 calories to this recipe, but they will be healthy fat calories). Fry to personal taste.
I like my Matzo Brei served with Maple Syrup, so this recipe calls for a small amount of Lite Syrup. Of course, Matzo Brei is often served with sour cream or jelly or a cinnamon/sugar mixture. How you sweeten this dish will have a huge impact on the calorie count so be mindful.
1 1/2 slices seems to make a perfectly sized portion. As you know, with this seasonal, traditional treat it is super easy to go back for seconds or thirds… don’t. The calories in this relatively healthy, low calorie version can add up quickly. Enjoy.