When you think of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, you usually think of potato latkes which are fried in oil. “Oil” is celebrated as a miracle during Hanukkah in the Jewish faith. The miracle that took place was when the Jewish people rededicated their temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE, there was only one day’s worth of consecrated olive oil to fuel the menorah, but the temple lamp burned for eight days! Now Jewish families light a new candle on their menorah for eight nights. Many people ask for some lighter versions of Hanukkah classics, so here are some of my favorite healthy Hanukkah recipes from my family’s table!
Easy and Tasty Healthy Hanukkah Recipes
Carrot and Potato Latkes
A healthier version of the traditional potato latkes is carrot AND potato latkes! The added carrots are a good source of beta-carotene and fiber.
Winter Squash and Chicken Tzimmes
This next recipe is a yummy main dish to serve with the latkes. The butternut squash in the recipe is high in dietary fiber and potassium. The prunes are high in fiber as well as Vitamins A, B-6, and magnesium.
Our version includes wheat germ and whole wheat flour, which increases the fiber content of this tasty treat! The walnuts give a delicious crunch, with added benefit of heart healthy fats.
These wonderful dishes may be time consuming to prepare but I guarantee your family and friends will appreciate enjoying a delicious and healthy Hanukkah with you!
Another blog you may be interested in this holiday season is 8 Tips to Survive Holiday parties.
Blog contributions by Cindy Golub, MS, RD
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