It's Rosh Hashanna - Don't Forget the Veggies!

So Rosh Hashanna, the Jewish New Year is around the corner.

Whether you are hosting a dinner or a lunch for the holidays, I'm sure you know there is lots to prepare such as planning your menu, buying the groceries, preparing the table and oh so much more!

One really important thing that should not go forgotten is ... the veggies! Yes, the veggies! Whether they are the main meal or the side dishes - this year make the veggies on your table shine!

Here are some great ideas to help you with that!

1. Start your meal with a soup!

The Rosh Hashanna meal is going to be a long one! In our house we like to start off holiday meals with a nice comforting bowl of soup. Some of my favorite soups to serve for the high holidays are:

Lentil, Barley and Spinach Soup
Mushroom Cabbage and Barley Soup
Roasted Carrot and Dill Soup
Swiss Chard, Red kidney Bean and Tomato Soup

2. Salads and Dips:

It is also nice to have a second course of a few salads, such as Colourful Spring Salad, Fresh Mango and Cilantro Salsa, Cucumber Sesame, Raw Beet and Fennel Slaw or Arugula, Fig and Green Apple Salad.

Some freshly made pickles as well as dips to pass around and enjoy with some pita bread are always appreciated. As Sephardic Jews, no holiday meal is complete without this "Mezze" course. Here are some of my favorite dips to serve at a holiday meal!

Olive Tapenade
Babaghanouj (Lebanese Eggplant Dip)
Roasted Red Pepper and Cumin Hummus

3. Main Meal and Side Veggies:

So now it's time for the main event - the meal! Your holiday meal absolutely needs AMAZING veggies. Whether they are the side dish or the central focus here are some great options for your table...

Asparagus and Broccoli in a Gingery Orange Sauce
Roasted Vegetable and White Bean Ratatouille
Honey and Orange Roasted Carrots
Grilled Oyster Mushrooms
Chinese Broccoli and Bok Choy in Black Bean Sauce
Swiss Chard Stuffed with Lentils and Couscous

4. Rice and Grains:

Finally you need some starch to round everything out! You can choose rice, grains or potatoes, whatever it is - we've got you covered! Here are my favorites...

Spicy Couscous with Chickpeas and Nuts
Cardamom Scented Basmati Rice
Tomato and Bulgur Pilaf
Makhloube (Rice with Eggplant and Pine Nuts)
Rosemary Garlic Potato Wedges

Whatever you cook or eat during the holidays - enjoy it! I wish you a happy and healthy new year and Shanna Tova to all!

The Vegetarian Gourmet


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