Spotlight Recipes: Hanukkah Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 7, 2009

Baked Donuts
Each year for Hanukkah I serve up an Israeli-inspired dinner followed by traditional holiday desserts. This menu is a big hit with all our friends (and their kids).

Mains
Create a falafel sandwich by placing the salad, hummus, babaganoush and falafel balls into a whole-wheat pita. My secret ingredient is topping the falafel sandwich with four to five fries — just like they do it in Israel. Of course, I always serve traditional Hanukkah latkes (a.k.a. potato pancakes) with applesauce on the side.

Dessert
Jelly donuts (or Sufganiyot) are the holiday fave in my house. If you buy them from the store, go for the mini jelly-filled holes. If you make your own, here are some lightened -up baked donuts; you can use a pastry bag or cut a small  hole in the corner of a plastic sealable bag and add your own jelly (about 1 tablespoon) after your donuts are done. Another option is serving the donuts with a side of jelly for dipping or spreading.

[Photo by Sydsmama / Recipezaar]

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    As I believe, this is the second post about hummus here. The first time was Edamame Hummus by Karen Ostergren. This is a nutritious option that is missing from many cookbooks. Though it may be Mediterranean or Greek in origin, the Western dining table can benefit from its protein substitutes.The recommendation of Ina Garten's hot sauce style humus makes a great selection.

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    I know this isn't a hummus post, but if you don't like hummus because it has tahini in it try it with peanut butter (or another nut butter) instead. Tahini has a weird taste to me, so I use peanut butter. Yum.

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