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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 six menus-- dairy, fish, and vegan-- to help you plan out your pre-fast meal.

MENU 1 - DAIRY:

ricotta-roulade

Classic Caprese Salad

Pasta Roulade with Ricotta and Spinach

Shlishkes

Dipped Strawberries or Chocolate Bread Pudding

MENU 2 - DAIRY:

Pappardelle with roasted pepper sauce

Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans

Pappardelle Pasta with Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce

Wilted Broccoli Rabe

Goat Cheese Cheesecake

MENU 2 - FISH

sole amandine

Pesto Corn Salad

Sole Amandine with Potatoes and Green Beans

Almond Pot au Creme

MENU 4 - FISH

Nectarine Tomato Salad

Nectarine and Tomato Salad

Pecan Crusted Honey Mustard Salmon

Polenta Portobellos

Almond and Olive Oil Cake

MENU 5 - VEGAN

Coleslaw with Crispy Tofu

Homemade Laffa with Za'atar and Hummus

Lentil Rice with Carrots

Coleslaw with Crispy Tofu

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

MENU 6 - VEGAN

Sweet Daikon Salad with Sesame Citrus Dressing

Sweet Daikon Salad with Sesame Citrus Dressing

Linguini Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad

Spanish Navy Beans

Raw Date Brownies

Check out more Tisha B'Av pre- and post-fast ideas here.