A Healthy, Delicious Family Feast for Hanukkah

The holiday of lights typically becomes a fried-food extravaganza. But this doesn’t have to happen in your house! Create a lighter (and just as delicious) menu with these holiday recipes.

The traditional Hanukkah dishes here are latkes and jelly-filled doughnuts; for the rest of the menu you have carte blanche. I like to serve a simple, balanced meal that includes creative versions of staple Hanukkah dishes. To keep things festive, our Hanukkah meal gets kicked off with mulled wine from Ina Garten. Cheers!

Mulled Wine

Start the night with a warm glass of mulled red wine. It contains resveratrol, which has been shown to help protect blood vessels.

Smoked Salmon Toasts

These bite-sized hors d’oeuvres are filled with omega-3s and are perfect to serve as your guests arrive.

Lemon Chicken

Ina Garten’s baked chicken breasts are simply seasoned with olive oil, lemon and garlic. They’re a snap to prepare and turn out moist and juicy. The best part? This recipe is so lean and healthy you’ll be able to have a few extra doughnuts (recipe follows)!

Sauteed Broccolini and Garlic

Don’t forget the greens for a boost of folate! Broccolini will also help balance the sweet flavors at the meal.

Oven-Fried Latkes

You can get the crispiness you desire without all the fat by popping your latkes into the oven.

Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce

Punch up traditional applesauce by adding delicious pears.

Cinnamon-Baked Doughnuts

Forgo store-bought doughnuts and make your own, using Ina’s simple recipe. Serve with real strawberry or raspberry jam on the side.


Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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