My food story is enmeshed with Holiday Traditions. Rosh Hashanah is no exception and this year….similar to last year….it feels particularly important to honor the holiday with a festive meal. Rosh Hashanah Recipes that have been handed down for generations help us feel connected to our ancestors and our heritage.
Although I do feel that recipes that hold a certain nostalgia are crucial to our holiday experience, I have no problem taking liberty with some of my grandmothers Traditional Rosh Hashanah Recipes and updating them to represent a more modern Rosh Hashanah Menu. I stay away from processed white and brown sugar, dairy and refined vegetable oils when I cook and lean in to plant-based healthy recipes…..and that’s what you can find here: Healthy Rosh Hashanah Recipes.
Not to worry though, we will celebrate with multiple festive holiday meals…and there will be all kinds of food that tastes incredible…because, for me, if it doesn’t taste good, why bother?
This post has been updated from the original published in September 2015
Rosh Hashanah is one of my favorite holidays to cook for. It’s rich with tradition, BUT….there’s also room for creativity. Apples, honey, pomegranates, leeks and carrots are some of the traditional foods eaten at Rosh Hashanah, though there’s no prescribed way you have to do it. I love the freedom to create healthy versions of old favorites.
If you’re hosting this year, I have ideas for you!! If you’re a guest, you should ABSOLUTELY bring something. Preferably something healthy. I have ideas for you too. If you don’t celebrate, I still have ideas for you. All of the recipes in this Rosh Hashanah Recipe Roundup are good everyday dishes, they’re good when you have guests, and good when you’re home alone and great choices when you go to a pot-luck.
Healthy food has no season, no occasion and it definitely NEVER goes out of style. Rosh Hashanah Recipes to celebrate the Jewish New Year are no exception….healthy doesn’t mean any compromise. Let me show you how healthy food can taste incredible, look beautiful and have everyone raving.
Rosh Hashanah Recipes: APPLES
On Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat apples that have been dipped in honey, or other sweetener. There are many different explanations for this—and now that I live in the “apple-belt” I will add seasonality to that list! Timing….what great timing to have the apple eating holiday show up just as the apples are being harvested! There are so many local varieties and they are all good! Experiment and find those that you like best.
Side Dishes for Rosh Hashanah
I don’t know about you, but when the veggie side dishes are good, I don’t need a main meal. You know what I’m saying? Yeah, I start with the sides when I make my rosh hashanah menu too….what about you?
Rosh Hashanah Salad
I know, not everyone will want to take up valuable plate real estate with salad….but, there will be plenty of folks that appreciate a good salad on Rosh Hashanah. Afterall, it’s the greens and the veggies that will help keep our guts healthy and our bowels regular during this season of indulgence. This is (no surprise here) my favorite category and I bet you’ll be surprised how many take you up on the offer for tasty, beautiful salads.
Rosh Hashanah Soup Recipes
If you’re serving a sit down meal, it’s great to break up the courses by serving soup. Healthy soup recipes use seasonal ingredients and Rosh Hashanah is loaded with symbolic produce too. Soup is something you can make in advance and freeze…perfect to free you up for last minute tasks.
Plant Based Main Dishes for Rosh Hashanah
You don’t have to be vegan to appreciate a meatless entree. When the choices are delish and presented well, everyone will want to have some. Rosh Hashanah Dinner looks different for everyone. Maybe you’re serving Rosh Hashanah Lunch and some folks know they will eat brisket or chicken at dinner…..they will appreciate an alternative and these Vegan Rosh Hashanah Dishes will be just what they’re looking for.
Rosh Hashanah Desserts
No gathering or holiday meal is complete without delicious desserts. Am I right? Rosh Hashanah desserts include many seasonal fruits as well as perennial favorites and traditional recipes too….and let’s not forget about the chocolate!
Appetizers for Rosh Hashanah
Let’s be real….Rosh Hashanah appetizers are really just a way to keep folks busy until the main event…or until everyone has arrived, right? I actually think this category is better described as “snacks to tide you over in between meals” because that’s how it works in our house! And, as always, if you provide healthy snacks, then that’s what everyone will eat, instead of junk. What is out and easily available is exactly what’s eaten.
For me, Rosh Hashanah has always been a time of introspection, a time of renewal and a time to connect with myself and those I love. That’s no different in 2021 than any other year.
Wishing you a sweet and healthy New Year. One that is filled with love and light, revealed goodness and peace for all….and a table full of good food.
Let me know in the comments what you’re making this year! Traditional Rosh Hashanah Food, Modern Rosh Hashanah Dishes, or maybe a combo? As, always, if you make one of my recipes, please leave me a 5 star rating with a comment…..and definitely take photos, post them on Instagram a tag me @dkhealthcoach #debraklein