Put on your yamulke … here comes Hanukkah! Good. It’s official. This calendar year, the eight-day winter festival begins on the same day as Christmas. Here’s a hint. Regardless of the holiday you celebrate, choose foods rich in fiber if you want to control excessive intake.
Eating foods rich in fiber will satisfy your hunger and make you feel full. By selecting high-fiber recipes for Hanukkah, you can offer foods that could likely reduce fat absorption. That, holiday folks, is a huge plus to avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain. Just remember that the goal is to consume 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day.
The Hanukkah tradition of frying in oil is considered the culinary symbol of lighting a menorah. What would Hanukkah be without the latke? There are always some much-loved dishes and foods on the table, but you can easily tweak those classics with a few precious grams of fiber. Who knows? Perhaps they will become part of the family tradition for years to come.
Kitchen97 would like to share two delicious but very different recipes for high fiber latke (aka potato pancakes). Your guests will be pleasantly surprised to learn that fiber is not only delicious but also nutritious! Enjoy!
White bean latkes with herbs and zucchini
1 cup zucchini, grated (about 4 ounces)
1 small onion, minced
2 butter spoons
2 slices of white bread
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 clove garlic
1 (15 oz) can navy beans
1 tablespoon fresh coriander cut into strips or minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried chervil
1/2 teaspoon fresh basil
Oil for frying
- Sprinkle the zucchini lightly with salt and drain in a colander for 5 minutes.
- Rinse well and wring out with paper towels.To remove all excess water.
- Sauté zucchini with onion in butter until soft but not golden.
- In a food processor sprinkle the bread with heavy cream.
- Add garlic, beans, eggs, cilantro,thyme, chervil, basil and blend until combined.
- Add the sautéed zucchini.
- Spoonfuls of a lightly greased nonstick skillet and fry for 4 minutes per side over medium heat, or until golden brown.
Total fiber: 4 grams per latke.
Cinnamon apple latkes
3 spoonfuls of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup of water3 cups cooking apples, chopped
3/4 cup flour without stirring
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Oil for frying
1/2 cup of sugar
- Beat the eggs until light and frothy.
- Mix 3 tablespoons of sugar, salt,teaspoon cinnamon and water until well blended.
- Add the chopped apple, flour,and lemon peel; mix well.
- Heat the oil in a skillet.
- Drop 1/4 cup of the apple mixture into hot oil, spread to flatten slightly. Fry on each side until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Combine 1/2 cup of the sugar and cinnamon to do the coverage.
- Sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon mixture hot latkes.
- Serve immediately.
Total fiber: 3.5 grams per latke
Now that you’re cooking, Kitchen97 invites you to consider the rest of their high-fiber Hanukkah menu, starting with a festive roasted red pepper spread; dates seasoned with mascarpone cheese (can be served as an appetizer or dessert); mixed greens with roasted onion and walnut dressing; a crockpot version of glazed tzimmes; a sweet and sour brisket (sauerkraut is the secret); and for dessert … Hanukkah noshers … chew on Jewish delicacies!