Straight from Thanksgiving right into the Festival of Lights, my healthy Hanukkah Dinner Menu pleases many palates.
Healthy Hanukkah Recipes
These fabulous, yet healthy Hanukkah recipes will keep you in the spirit of the holiday tradition without drowning you and yours in a sea of burnt oil and carbohydrates.
What Do You Serve at Hanukkah?
Wondering what do you serve at Hanukkah?
We love low-carb latkes, an herb roasted chicken recipe, homemade applesauce, a fun lightly fried dessert smothered in vegan vanilla ice cream made from cashews, and more.
Healthy Hanukkah Dinner Menu: Latkes Recipe
Of course my healthy latkes recipe below is the star of the Hanukkah dinner menu show.
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SCD Diet Butternut Squash Latkes
I created these Butternut Squash Latkes two decades ago when my older son was 5 and on the SCD Diet to heal severe gut dysbiosis.
These gluten free latkes are made with low carb butternut squash, onion, salt, and oil.
Another low carb, SCD diet alternative? My Carrot Scallion Latkes recipe.
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
All you need to make this Homemade Applesauce recipe is two ingredients (apples and cinnamon sticks) and an oven.
The boys grew up on homemade applesauce, and we make it just about every time they come home for a visit –especially at Chanukkah.
For us, it isn’t Chanukkah without gluten free latkes slathered in applesauce and buckets of sour cream.
I like roasting a whole chicken at Chanukkah to keep the protein dish on the simple side while frying all those latkes!
The boys love my roasted chicken recipes. Sometimes, I mix it up and make my festive Roasted Chicken with Olives and Prunes.
Oven Roasted Broccoli
Roasting broccoli florets is another simple and healthy Hanukkah dish that graces our table.
A simple seasoning for broccoli of olive oil and salt is all I use for this nutritious oven roasted broccoli recipe.
Apple Fritters with Cashew Milk Ice Cream
Looking for delicious yet healthy Hanukkah desserts? Apple desserts are the answer here.
My Fried Apples dipped in almond flour are a lower carb hit at Hanukkah, but so good we make them for special occasions throughout the year.
Homemade Hanukkah Gelt: Healthy Candy
The term “healthy candy” need not be an oxymoron.
Avoid sugar laden milk chocolate that spikes your blood glucose and provide your family with low carb dairy free candy for Hanukkah.
Contrary to public opinion, Hanukkah is not a holiday that traditionally involves a lot of gift giving.
When the boys were younger, I often kept the holiday simple and on point –a celebration of light during the darkest time of the year.
Hanukkah Gifts at Heifer International
The boys were able to buy a goat or chickens for a family to help them understand the gift of giving, though grandparents usually showered them with other Hanukkah gifts.
Slowing Down Instead of Speeding Up
This is a time of year when things get quite busy and a bit hectic. We live in a culture where we are encouraged to spend money and speed up.
In contrast, I find this a good time to slow down and be a bit more contemplative. Part of that is focusing on the things I am thankful for in my life, such as family and health.
Along those lines, here are some of my favorite thankful quotes:
“Express gratitude for the greatness of small things.”
– Richie Norton
“Spending time in nature feeling connected with the world often elicits gratitude.”
– Diana Butler Bass
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
– John F. Kennedy
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
We have so much to be thankful for and I love getting together with my husband and the boys and going around the table sharing what we are grateful for.
What’s your favorite part of the holidays?
This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives, I first shared my Healthy Hanukkah Dinner Menu in 2010.