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The 9 days are a difficult time for many reasons, but in terms of food choices, it can be particularly hard for people who mostly eat meat for dinner because during the nine days we are not allowed to eat meat. We don't have to go completely vegetarian though, we can eat fish, so it's a really great time to remember how delicious fish can be. Essentially we all go pescetarian for the 9 days, not including Shabbat, we promise you can do this. 

Here are 9 unique and delicious meat-free options for you to make during the nine days.

Sea Bass With Soba Noodles and Sake-Soy Sauce

Sea bass and Noodles

Cooking fish in individually wrapped parchment paper pouches is the unique appeal of this Sea Bass With Soba Noodles and Sake-Soy Sauce recipe. As your family and guests open the string and peel back the parchment they will be met with the most amazing aroma. Plus the easy clean up is great too!

Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna

Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna

Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna has an interesting combination of flavors, with the delicate sage paired with creamy butternut squash. It's a great  lasagna to have in your cooking repertoire during the 9 days and all year round.

Creamy Mock Crab Salad

Creamy Mock Crab Salad

Creamy Mock Crab Salad works great on a bun or bread of your choice. It's a unique way to serve fish during the 9 days, especially for the picky eaters in your family. I'm sure your family will be asking for more!

Avocado Egg Rolls With Spicy Dipping Sauce

Avocado Egg Rolls with Spicy Dipping Sauce

These Avocado Egg Rolls With Spicy Dipping Sauce are a crunchy and delectable addition to any meal. The recipe is surprisingly quick and easy to make and works as a great appetizer or light main paired with a salad.

Chilled Cucumber Soup With Tapenade


Who can say no to a chilled soup during the hot summer? Chilled Cucumber Soup With Tapenade can be a great lunch main or even a light dinner main because it is filled with protein-rich Greek yogurt.

MORE: 15 Cold Soup Recipes

Cauliflower "Mac" And Cheese


Cauliflower "Mac" And Cheese is a very popular dish. Mac and Cheese is a childhood favorite for many of us and by using cauliflower instead of pasta you are getting some extra vitamins and fiber, which makes it on the healthier side. With all of that cheese, it's a great 9 days option.

Cranberry Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini

stuffed zucchini 7

Stuffed vegetables are a filling dinner choice. Quinoa is a great grain to use for stuffing, especially in our Cranberry Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini. Zucchini is not always a go-to vegetable for stuffing, but this recipe is both delicious and beautiful.

MORE: Stuffed Endive Boats

Mediterranean Lavash Nachos


Nachos are always a crowd-pleaser, so of course, these unique Mediterranean Lavash Nachos are the perfect addition to your 9 days meal plan. Its unique combination of flavors and crunchy lavash make these nachos a popular choice for a 9 days dinner.

Bukharian Pilaf with Kidney Beans & Carrots

Bukharian Pilaf with Kidney Beans pulah

Last but not least, this Bukharian Pilaf with Kidney Beans & Carrots is deliciously intriguing.  The addition of cardamom and cinnamon provide a warm flavor and the combination of beans, rice and vegetables make it the perfect 9 days main.

MORE: About the Nine Days and Tisha B'Av, plus more recipes

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