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Shabbat Third Meal Recipes


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This time of year when the days are so long and hot you really need to think about what to make for the Third meal on Shabbat.  The meal that comes before the end of Shabbat.  Many people wait 6 hours after eating meat until they can eat dairy so this meal usually can’t be dairy, but who wants meat after what is often a huge meat meal at lunch.  Tuna salad and egg salad are many people’s got tos, the classic Shalusetis meal, but in my family, no one really eats either of those.  Here are some third meal recipe ideas for these long hot days, I’ll keep them cool and light for you.

Any type of cold fish can work at this meal, but my new favorite is Ceviche.  Ceviche is typically made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices such as lemon or lime and spiced with chili peppers, but you can make it with any fish and change the flavors to anything from Spanish to Asian.  You can make it with any type of fish so buy whatever is on sale that week and it is actually best made a day ahead.  Try the above recipe for Salmon Ceviche or this Tilapia Ceviche with Mango featured in the main image.  Serve with tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole.

Maybe you want to keep it vegetarian after all that meat you spent so much money on.  Tofu is a fantastic, versatile ingredient.  Let everyone make their own wraps, like this Peanut Tofu Wrap.  Or mix it into a hearty salad.

If you like your tuna and egg salad routine, but just want an easy exchange, try this Mock Crab Salad, goes great on a sandwich and switch up your egg salad to Deviled Eggs.

Finally, if you have your blech on anyways and your family demands hot food, we love Empanadas, I make them with veggie meat or chopped mushrooms or even spinach for non meat options serve with a cold soup. Of course there is always kugel, but I am assuming you had that with lunch.

What do you like to make for Third meal?



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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




5 Responses to Shabbat Third Meal Recipes

  1. For the third meal, I frequently make a quick simple pasta dish with olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs. I usually serve it with fresh tomatoes and sometimes leftover Challh with goat cheese.

  2. I meant to add that I love the idea of the Tilapia ceviche with the addition of mango and cilantro. I can’t remember if it called for any heat but I think I would also add a little jalapeno.

  3. avatar says: hindyg

    I love this post! I am always looking for easy options for the third meal (dinner). The empanadas sound wonderful!

  4. Love the mock crab salad sandwich idea!

  5. I love fish for the third meal, and since you need to wash anyway, that mock crab sandwich looks lovely!

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