This Jewish holiday is known for its delicious, and often rich food. If you’re looking to have a healthier Hanukkah, we have some recipes that are lighter than the traditional fare–yet still big on flavor.
Because oil is a key element in Hanukkah celebrations, many traditional holiday dishes are fried. Cheesy food is another Hanukkah food tradition, celebrating a Jewish heroine who used her homemade cheese to help save her village from its enemies. Eight nights of fried, cheesy food can be a bit much. So this year, try these 11 healthier Hanukkah recipes incorporating all your favorite flavors and traditions:
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Abbey’s Kitchen Cauliflower Latkes. Traditionally made with fried, shredded potatoes, this veggie-packed take uses cauliflower, applesauce, and Greek Yogurt.
Jill Weisenberger’s Trimmed-Down Sweet Noodle Kugel. Every Jewish family seems to have their own recipe for kugel, an egg noodle and cheese casserole. This recipe for sweet kugel cuts full-fat dairy for reduced-fat dairy and uses yogurt to lighten it up a bit.
Living Well Kitchen’s Champagne Poached Salmon. Poached or roasted salmon is often served as a main, which helps cut some of the richness of the side dishes. This dish gets extra holiday flare with a quick poach in champagne.
One Hungry Bunny’s Spiralized Zucchini and Sweet Potato Latkes. Eight nights of Hannukah means eight different latke recipes, right? Break out the spiralizer for this colorful, veggie-packed twist on potato latkes.
Running to the Kitchen’s Pistachio Crusted Lamb Chops with Red Wine Cherries. Lean lamb chops make for a special main course on Hanukkah, especially when paired with tart-sweet, antioxidant-rich red wine cherries.
Healthy Nibbles and Bits’s Harissa Roasted Cauliflower and Delicata Squash with Chickpeas. Serve this spicy dish of roasted vegetables as a side, or over quinoa as a vegetarian main.
The Joy of Eating’s Simple Beet, Avocado, and Radish Arugula Salad. This simple side salad adds freshness to the meal, and the flavors pair well with all your holiday classics.
The Joy of Eating’s Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Creamy Mustard-Dill Sauce. It would be impossible to celebrate Hanukkah without smoked salmon. These potato cakes are lightly-pan fried in olive oil, using panko for a crisp crust.
Healthy Aperture’s Baked Apple Cider Donuts. Fried jelly-filled or honey drizzled donuts are a classic Hanukkah dessert, but these baked apple cider donuts would be a delicious stand-in. They incorporate another classic Hanukkah flavor – apples!
Kumquat Blog’s Invisible Apple Cake. This grain-free apple cake is a show stopper. It’s just barely sweetened, relying on the natural sweetness of seasonal apples.
What Jew Wanna Eat’s Whole Grain Chocolate Rugelach. Wholewheat flour adds fiber and flavor to this classic holiday cookie!
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