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A Healthy Paleo Chanukah Menu

 

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There are lots of things I love about Chanuakah. I love spending time with family, watching the candles burn as we sing Chanukkah songs. I love watching how excited my kids get about playing dreidel. And of course, I love the food. 8 days of decadent fried treats, from the traditional latkes and sufganiot to the less traditional deep fried cookie dough and cheese bunuelos, I love it all. But if I am being totally honest, I don’t love the way I feel after indulging in so much fried heavy foods. I usually try to offset some of the grease by serving a big kale salad alongside all the fried dishes but even with that nod to something green the heaviness of the traditional Chanukkah treats is a bit much.

That’s why this year I decided to come up with a Chanukkah menu that celebrates the miracle of the oil in a healthier, less deep fried, way. Don’t worry, it is still totally delicious, but it has the advantage of not leaving you feeling weighed down and unable to move by the end of the holiday. In fact, this menu is paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free, but it tastes so good no one would ever suspect it is so healthy.


 

A Week of Dinners that Make Good Lunches

 

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Is there a better week to discuss dinners that easily transform into the next day’s lunch? If you are in the midst of preparing for Thanksgiving, cooking for a large crowd, or just planning your weekly meal plan, double duty recipes are budget and life savers.  It makes for a streamlined grocery list and requires less time in the kitchen, plus it is an easy way to ensure that you are eating a real meal more than once a day.  Below are 7 recipes that are delicious for dinner and the next day’s lunch.

 


 

Planning Your Thanksgiving Menu

 

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Most other food and recipe websites are doing countdowns to Thanksgiving, we save ours for Passover (you can sign up for Passover countdown here).  For everyone else in the world, Thanksgiving, celebrated with a multi-course extravagant meal, is a big to do and requires lots of planning.  For most of us, Thanksgiving is a piece of cake (or maybe pie).  After three day yom tov holidays all throughout October and the cleaning and prepping it takes to celebrate 2 Passover seders, we (I) revel in a day where we can actually cook food the day of serving.


 

A Simchat Torah Mexican Menu

 

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On Simchas Torah and Shemini Atzeres, it’s time to push your culinary daring to the limits. Consider the fact that we’ve just come through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkos, not to mention a Shabbos or two. Everyone at your table is thinking, “If I see one more potato kugel…” So have fun with the menu and try my simple recipes for Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stuffed Poblanos (a mild chili pepper) and Mexican Brisket, a fab twist on traditional recipes.


 

A Menu That Is Easily Brought Outside For Sukkot

 

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When it comes to Succot, I think it’s really important to choose a menu that is a simple as possible. The tradition and fun of eating in a Succah is best highlighted by fill in your table with easily transported dishes and foods that taste best at room temperature. By removing the stress of serving hot foods and finding adequate space to place it, you can enjoy your family and friends and focus on what the holidays are really about!

The recipes below can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature- what more can you ask for?


 

Yom Kippur Pre Fast Meal

 

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Just before Yom Kippur, it’s important to eat foods that make fasting easier – in fact it’s a mitzvah. First, you want to minimize salt and spices that may induce thirst. But that doesn’t mean the pre-Yom Kippur feast must be bland or boring. This menu is simple and satisfying and can mostly be made in advance.


 

My Middle Eastern Menu

 

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My sister and I were brainstorming recipe ideas when she described an incredible meal she had recently made, featuring lamb turnovers. I was immediately fired up to create my own version of her delicious turnovers, incorporating sweet cinnamon and spicy cumin; the Middle Eastern spices of fall.

My inspiration for Middle Eastern fare filtered even further into the side dishes, resulting in a beautiful, plated meal filled with golden yellow turmeric, green arugula, sweet mint and crunchy red pomegranate seeds; simply the perfect menu to celebrate the New Year.


 

A Simanim Inspired Rosh Hashanah Menu

 

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Simanim are so my thing. Now of course I know that on Rosh Hashanah they are everyone’s thing, but in addition to holding a Rosh Hashanah Seder where all the simanim make an appearance (even that fish head!)

I let them inspire my menu. This fish course features no less than 9 simanim (fish, honey, spinach, carrots, cabbage, pomegranate, apples, leeks and dates). I am nothing if not efficient. And all recipes are kissed with honey… well more than kissed. I call for generous measurements because why shouldn’t our cup runneth over with sweetness this new year?!


 

6 Pre-fast Menus for Tisha B’Av

 

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Fasting is no easy task, even less so at the height of the summer. My physical preparations for the fast involve a 48-hour hydration binge in which my water bottle never leaves my side.  As for food, during those 48-hours I try to increase my intake of fruits and vegetables that are high in water. I save my fish, egg or dairy intake for erev Tisha B’Av, the day before the fast, in order to prevent bloating and increase my overall nutrient intake.  Below are three menus– dairy, fish, and vegan– to help you plan out your pre-fast meal.

 


 

Baseball Birthday Party

 

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Take me out to the ball game, buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…


 

A Father’s Day Menu

 

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Mother’s Day bring brunch and breakfast in bed.  Father’s day usually means BBQ often with Dad doing all the work.  That’s okay, cause I think he likes it as long as he is only in charge of the meat.  Here is a menu that will let the Dad’s enjoy the grilling and the meat and  everyone else enjoy the celebration.

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Pina Colada


 

Hubby Picked The Shavuot Menu

 

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We usually have meat for some of the Shavuot meals, although I love dairy so this meat menu was picked by hubby.

In the past 6 years I have put together 9 Shavuot menus for you: 3 book menus, 3 magazine menus, and 3 website menus.   After 9 menus it’s kinda (super) hard to keep creative.  Truth is after 8 menus I started having menu block.   Menu block looks like this:  After developing and testing over 200 recipes in under 10 weeks for my new book (my skirt tooooo tight to button), looking into the book is like looking into your closet (busting with shmatas clothes) and screaming feeling like you have NOTHING to wear!!!


 

4 Dairy Shavuot Menus

 

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The count up continues!!  With less than two weeks to go until the holiday of Shavuot we really need to start planning.  I know some people have the custom to eat meat some of the days or some of the meals, but I figure we have enough meat menus on the site, what we are missing is more dairy menus that are nice enough to host company and enjoy as a festive holiday meal.

Here are four menus to take you through the two day holiday, if you live in Israel you get to choose, for the rest of you I got you covered.


 

Kosher Traditional Brazilian Recipes

 

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Ask Us: Hi When I am going to see some Brazilian recipes in your magazine/website? I Would love to have a kosher version of feijoada, for example…

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More Shavuot Menus

 

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Try this Mexican menu with a Chipotle Walnut Tart for dessert…