Every year, Jamie and I along with our amazing contributors post tons of holiday menu ideas to get those creative kitchen juices flowing!  I always have health in mind when I share my menus, but sometimes, I give in to the "it's only once a year" mentality -- even though we have two nights, two days and Shabbat and then two more holidays coming up soon after!

This year, I hope to inspire healthy eating with a spectacular menu that doesn't sacrifice on flavor.

Orange Date Challah 

Orange Date Challah

Challah is basically the nutritional equivalent of cake, so it is hard to consider challah healthy, especially at the start of our meal.  So how do you keep you keep your challah from stuffing you?  Make your own and stuff it with dates (dates are high in several vitamins and minerals and fiber) the trick is to stick to a sensible slice.

Matbucha and Zucchini Butter


I like to start with a few healthy spreads on the table, I try and pick ones with lots of vegetables, like my favorite Matbucha which is like a Middle Eastern salsa spread.  I also can’t get enough of this Zucchini Butter that you can enjoy with or without the bread and the Dukkah.

Sweet Potato Leek Soup or Wild Rice Chicken Soup

wild rice chicken soup

Serve a hearty, yet low calorie soup filled with vegetables.  It is officially fall when Rosh Hashanah begins, so a warm comforting soup with the flavors of fall is always welcome.  It is also a great way to feel satisfied and full without adding too many extra calories.

Rosemary Balsamic Chicken 

balsamic chicken

This yummy chicken dish smells so good the neighbors are always asking for leftovers.  It can be prepared ahead of time and reheats remarkably well, despite the fact that it uses chicken breast which can dry out easily.  You can also mix-in chicken thighs for the dark meat fans at your table. Any leftovers make the most delicious chicken salad or sandwich wraps.

Israeli Couscous with Roasted Vegetables


This family favorite adds colorful roasted vegetables to brighten up an otherwise dull side so you get lots of veggies and less carbs.

Roasted Cauliflower 

rosemary roasted cauliflower

Cauliflower is another versatile side that can pair well with Asian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.  It’s better than potatoes and better for you!  I can't get enough roasted cauliflower and neither can my kids.

Apple Pecan Crisp or Poached Pears


You can't beat an apple crisp for Rosh Hashanah and it really doesn't need too much sugar.  I always make it with oats and whole wheat flour.  For a little decadence, you can go ahead and serve it with some homemade (or store bought) non-dairy ice cream.  For an even lighter dessert go with Poached Pears, these are poached with Pomegranate Wine special for the season.

I hope I have inspired you to change up your menu this year with healthy new ideas that can really help you start your #FreshNewYear right.  

Share your traditional menu ideas below and I will give you some tips on how to make them even healthier.