Celebrate Israel with Traditional Israeli Food

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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There are many ways to celebrate Israel from anywhere in the world on Yom Haatzmaut, Israel's Independence Day.  Most of the time it involves eating our favorite Israeli foods.  In Israel, families pack large picnics and go out to BBQ and there is no reason we can't do the same elsewhere.  Israeli food like Hummus and Zaatar has become increasingly popular globally over the past couple of years and it has become such a part of most of our homes that I rarely sit at a Shabbat table without being served hummus and often matbucha.  My favorite part is starting the meal with lots of little salads and spreads with some fresh pita.  Then you can grill up some chicken or kabobs or fry some falafel and your meal is complete.  Here is the menu I am thinking about this year, feel free to make your own spreads or take a little help from the store.

ISRAELI HUMMUS

israeli style hummus

EGGPLANT BABAGANOUSH

Mayonnaise, waldorf salad, red potato salad, eggplant babaganoush + orange carrot salad

MATBUCHA

matbucha

NO KNEAD WHOLE WHEAT PITA BREAD

No Knead Whole Wheat Pita

FALAFEL

Black Olive Falafel from Taim

ADANA KABAB

ground lamb kabob

ISRAELI INSPIRED LEAFY GREEN SALAD

chopped salad

CAULIFLOWER COUSCOUS

cauliflower-couscous-raw

What are you Yom Haatzmaut plans?