A Healthy Chanukah Menu
Creamy Bean Soup | Scallion Pancakes | Spinach Salad (Megan Wolf)
(JTA) — Chanukah is a celebration, a joyful holiday with delicious food and family memories. I remember lighting our menorah as a little girl with my bubbe. Now, raising my daughter, I hope to create special memories with her.
Food is typically at the center of our celebrations and this Chanukah, I have created a spinach-focused menu for a delicious and festive meal.
Starting with creamy white bean soup, inspired by my mother’s love for soup served in large mugs, this dish sets the tone for a deliciously healthy meal. Warm and satisfying, this dish is topped with jewel-toned sauteed spinach and is pretty enough to serve to company. And its’ easy enough to make on a weeknight.
Most people think about traditional potato latkes on Chanukah. My Spinach, Broccoli, and Scallion Pancakes with Poached Eggs are just as delicious — you can serve without the eggs, if you like.
Growing up, we would enjoy sour cream and applesauce with our potato latkes. Sour cream (or greek yogurt!) would be a perfect pairing for these light, vegetable-filled pancakes. I like mine with hot sauce.
Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Toasted Pistachios and Cranberries is among my favorite recipes from my cookbook Great Meals with Greens and Grains, with its interesting textures, bold flavors, and a bright and balanced dressing. It could not be easier to make and is sure to be a hit on your holiday table.
Here are the recipes for these winning dishes.