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In parsha Ki Tavo, Moses tells the Children of Israel to bring the first-ripened fruits (bikkurim) to the Temple after they settle the land of Israel and declare their gratitude to Hashem.  As we plan this week’s Shabbat menu and look ahead to the High Holiday meals, we have a beautiful brisket recipe that highlights the pomegranate, one of the seven species of Israel traditionally associated with the bikkurim offering.

This whole menu can be a trial run for a Rosh Hashanah meal. 

The Weekly Challah

Brussels Sprouts or Cabbage Salad with Pomegranate

Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate

Start off with a very Fall salad using shredded Brussels or cabbage, apples and pomegranate seeds. Sweet and tart and perfect. If you prefer to have some fish with your first coarse, try this Pomegranate Ceviche

Pomegranate Braised Brisket

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This brisket is best served with pomegranate sauce and lots of pomegranate arils for garnish. 

Citrus Glazed Carrots

Glazed Roasted Carrots

A favorite side is roasted carrots, when you can find the colorful carrots it is even better!  If you want to keep the pomegranate flavor going in a different kind of carrot side, try Carrot Chips with Pomegranate Ketchup

Preserved Lemon Tabbouleh

preserved lemon tabbouleh

Add a side of tabbouleh flavored with preserved lemon and topped with more pom seeds. 

Chocolate Cake with Pomegranate Swirl

chocolate cake with pom ice cream

End this pomegranate feast with a simple cheater's dessert, use store bought chocolate cake and dairy free ice cream and simply doctor it up with a homemade pomegranate sauce. 

For more Shabbat Menu Ideas check out last year's Shabbat Menu for Parsha Ki Tavo.