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Vegetarian Matzah Ball Soup

Vegetarian Matzah Ball Soup. (The Nosher via JTA)

Vegetarian Matzah Ball Soup

(The Nosher via JTA) -- Let’s face it: There’s just something wonderfully soothing about seeing a steaming bowl of matzah ball soup with its pillowy-plump dumplings swimming in a bath of golden broth.

Saffron Rice with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Saffron Rice with Raisins and Pine Nuts (The Nosher via JTA)

Saffron Rice with Raisins and Pine Nuts

(The Nosher via JTA) -- Saffron rice with pine nuts is made all over the Middle East. Sometimes it is spiced with a little ground coriander, cinnamon and cumin, or flaked almonds are used instead of the pine nuts. This saffron rice is often served for Rosh Hashanah as the addition of raisins is said to sweeten the year ahead, but it is delicious any time of the year.

The following recipe is excerpted with permission from "Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking" (Quadrille), by Paola Gavin.

Quinoa 'Meatballs' with Spaghetti Squash and Marinara

Quinoa 'Meatballs' with Spaghetti Squash and Marinara

Roasted Winter Squash with Tahini

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Roasted Winter Squash with Tahini

(The Nosher via JTA) -- I recently fell in love with honey squash, a new variety of hearty winter squash bred specifically to be concentrated in flavor and adorable in appearance. OK, maybe it wasn’t specifically grown to be adorable, but the result nevertheless is the same.

I found honey squash at several New York- and New Jersey-area farms and farmers markets, and I know that Whole Foods has also been selling them. But even if you cannot find this super sweet squash, you can substitute regular old (delicious) butternut squash, acorn squash or delicata squash.

Mujaderra Stuffed Kabocha Squash Recipe

Mujaderra Stuffed Kabocha Squash Recipe. The Nosher/JTA

Mujaderra Stuffed Kabocha Squash Recipe

The Nosher/JTA – One of my favorite weeknight meals to make these days is mujaderra. Just rice and lentils cooked together and topped with a glistening pile of sautéed onions. It’s easy to see why it’s known as Middle-Eastern comfort food. There are so many variations of this recipe, but my favorite involves just five ingredients — rice, lentils, olive oil, salt and onions.

Farro Simanim Salad With Leeks, Squash, Dates

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Farro Simanim Salad With Leeks, Squash, Dates

This hearty Farro recipe is great for Rosh Hashana. Leeks, squash, and dates incorporate some of the holiday’s traditional Simanim.

Quinoa Salad With Dates, Figs, Pomegranate Seeds

Quinoa Salad With Dates, Figs, Pomegranate Seeds

Rosh Hashana is one of my favorite holiday (after channukah!) and I love it even more since I got married and get to celebrate it with my husband. I am sure you are aware how much food we eat during the holidays and how exhausting it can be!

This is why I love coming up with healthy recipes for the occasion. This Rosh Hashana sweet salad has apple, pomegranate and dates but also a flavorful honey dressing. To add even more sweetness, this recipe has figs (here dried figs but would love to try it with fresh figs!).

The Vegetarian 'Brisket' That Tastes Surprisingly Like Meat

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The Vegetarian 'Brisket' That Tastes Surprisingly Like Meat

(The Nosher/JTA) – Have you heard of jackfruit yet? If it hasn’t come across your Facebook feed or email inbox yet, keep your eyes open because it is the newest trend in vegetarian meat replacements.

But let’s start from the beginning. This is what a jackfruit looks like:

Summer Corn and Zucchini Latkes Recipe

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Summer Corn and Zucchini Latkes Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA) -- Who says latkes are just for Hanukkah? Well, it’s not me. And summer is a great time try using seasonal produce to make some crispy, delicious latkes.

I recently fried up some fresh corn and zucchini latkes, served with herb sour cream (or yogurt) and thinly sliced radishes. The texture of the fresh corn with zucchini and potato was so delicious. If you’re looking for other ideas for non-potato latkes try broccoli stem latkes or even these healthful spaghetti squash and quinoa fritters from Julia’s Album, which after all, is just another name for latke.

Potato Salad with Ashkenazi Flavors

Potato Salad with Ashkenazi Flavors

(The Nosher via JTA) – If I am being honest, I have struggled in the past with making a good potato salad.

It seems simple enough — boiled potatoes, mayo, some spices. But there is a bit of an art and science to making potato salad to ensure it isn’t too mushy or soggy, or drenched or bland. And since potato salad is such a classic side dish for summer cookouts and parties, I felt determined to master this seemingly simple dish.

So after a few years of making mediocre potato salad, here are some of the things I have learned: