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9 Meatless Dinners for the 9 Days *Giveaway*


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My first love – before I knew hubby and had my delicious kids, was dairy.  If it were up to me I would only use the meat side of my kitchen for Shabbos and short ribs and that’s about it.  But G-d forbid don’t let it be suggested that I am celebrating over dairy dinners on the 9 days.  These 9 days are an acute time of mourning for the Jewish people.  Read JoK Rabbi, Rabbi Lawrence’s clear and concise explanation of why we eat dairy leading up to Tisha B’av.

What I’ve done for you here is suggest a number of dinner ideas for this week that I am sure you will try, because you are forced to, but I am sure you will be pleased with and work into your year round repertoire.

Mediterranean Hummus Pizza

This hummus and feta pizza with olives, peppers and fresh tomatoes (instead of marinara sauce) is a lovely light change for hot summer days

Three Cheese Mac and Cheese with Garlic Roasted Tomatoes

This mac and cheese features cheddar, kashkaval and goat cheese with a panko bread crumb topping.

Sundried Tomato and Brie Stuffed Portabella

A nice no carb dairy dinner.

Honey Baked Salmon

Honey Baked Salmon on a Cedar Plank

For easy weeknight entertaining make this honey mustard side of salmon as fillets and save the whole side for when you want to dress things up.

Chopped Mexican Salad

Chopped Mexican Salad

Hubby’s favorite thing is when I “work” the house.  Use whatever we have around to make dinner and save a buck and a trip to the store.  So if you only have kidney beans or chick peas and not black beans swap it, if you have bell peppers instead of tomatoes sub it, have some crunchy carrots add it.  Make this salad your own.

Mediterranean Tuna Burger

Mediterranean Tuna Burger

When you want something hot and satisfying that feels and tastes meat-y go with a tuna or salmon burger.  Stuffed in a bun layered with fixins can help a craving.

Potato and Cheddar Frittata

Potato and Cheddar Frittata

I think I have close to 10 frittata recipes.  This is another super versatile dish, you can add red peppers, spinach, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms whatever you’ve got.   A light green salad on the side rounds out the meal.

Spaghetti “Bolognese” - vegan

Spaghetti “Bolognese”

Another one of those fake it meals, I am not going to say you won’t taste the difference, but it’s darn good and darn close to the real thing.

Mexican Baked Potato

Mexican Baked Potato

There is nothing like a stuffed potato especially with a little spice.


Hoping these 9 days will be a spiritual time, one of introspection, and wishing you all an easy fast.


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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




28 Responses to 9 Meatless Dinners for the 9 Days *Giveaway*

  1. I love to use soy crumbles instead of meat and make things like lasagna, tacos or sloppy joes with the soy crumbles and cheeses.

    • totally agree, I sometimes prefer to ground beef depending on what I am in the mood for – the consistency of it is great and the opportunity to pair it with cheese or sour cream is such a kosher culinary luxury

  2. I use Morning Star crumbles and add them to baked ziti made out of spaghetti squash instead of pasta. Its so good!

    • Oh that is such a great idea – recently I have been on a julienne zucchini “spaghetti” kick but since I had to pack both my mandoline and hand held julienne peeler on the lift spaghetti squash is a great idea!!!!!!! Have to send Hubby shopping :-0 thanks for the reminder

  3. avatar says: telcon

    The three cheese mac and cheese sounds good

  4. i like to make spaghetti squash also

  5. avatar says: hindyg

    We cook vegetarian year-round for the most part. So the nine days is not a huge challenge for me.

    I do love cooking quick and simple pasta and veggie dishes for quick dinners. Also love grilling salmon and other fish in the summer.

  6. I also cook vegetarian most of the time, so I love these ideas. We are big into stuffed potatoes, will try this new version for sure.

  7. avatar says: Meg

    Spaghetti squash with fresh tomatoes, basil, and olive oil

  8. avatar says: Yehuda

    I like the tuna burgers.

  9. avatar says: JenWeiss

    These all look great! Will definitely have to try a few before the end of the 9 days!

  10. avatar says: gr8chefmb

    I am not actually Jewish, but I am interested in keeping kosher because I have Jewish friends and I love learning about other cuisines. The 9 days And Tisha B’Av remind me of the Catholic Christian Holy Week before Easter. It is the last week of the Lenten season during which Catholics forgo meat of any kind on the first Wednesday of Lent and every Friday during the Lenten season. The Friday before Easter, Good Friday, is a day of fasting. [Before Vatican II in 1966, Catholics abstained from meat every Friday.]

    To make a long story short, other than eating tuna sandwiches every week, we try out all sort of meatless dishes that are veggie and/r dairy-based. With all the awesome ingredients and international recipes available now, it makes meal planning easier.

    One of my family’s favorite recipes is my baked tilapia. [I cannot remember if tilapia is kosher or pareve, but any mild white fish filet will work fine.] I place the filets on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. In a small mixing bowl, I whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper and either fresh or dried dill. (Because we are not kosher, I also add shredded Parmesan cheese.) I spread 1-2 tablespoons of this mixture over each filet and then sprinkle plain bread crumbs or plain saltine cracker crumbs (You could also use matzo meal, too.) to cover the mayo mixture. I bake it in a 400 degree F oven for approximately 15-18 minutes, or just until fish is flaky and opaque. I usually serve it with a wild rice pilaf or oven roasted potatoes and green beans.

  11. avatar says: tsk11230

    I must admit that we live on pasta and fish for these days. What I would like to see are suggestions for Seuda Shlishis this week; something to go into the fast with.

  12. avatar says: skkorman

    Lentil/brown rice, sour cream, and spinach stew!

  13. We eat a lot of dairy and meatless meals. The tuna burger is really delicious and of course Mac and Cheese is always a winner. But my favorite here is the stuffed portobello. Will make that for sure.

  14. I love eating salmon, baked potatoes and eggs! I also love anything with cheese on it!

  15. avatar says: Ali

    Everything looks awesome! I want to make it all! But I do love mushrooms, so that might come first!

  16. That mac-n-cheese has my name all over it. Comfort food in the extreme!

  17. I like to try Three Cheese Mac and Cheese with Garlic Roasted Tomatoes

  18. avatar says: 1porkchop

    We primarily eat bread based and fish based dinners. My favorite are salmon patties.

  19. Vegan burgers / crumbles are great for a variety of dishes.

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

  20. avatar says: 1froglegs

    the Potato and Cheddar Frittata looks good so I think I will have to try that

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