Lighten Up!

Each year the holiday season brings joy, stress, and increased eating as we  get overloaded with Thanksgiving leftovers, and shlep from family dinners to other eating-centric, obligatory gatherings. And what – we’re supposed to just sip seltzer water in the corner!?

I don’t enjoy having to watch what I eat, or reducing the amount of butter (or oil) I cook with, but I do like quality recipes that don’t sacrifice on flavor. I have put together a few of my favorites, but more importantly, I want to hear about yours.

For our November cookbook giveaway, we want to hear about your favorite, lightened-up dishes! Post your recipes below and the most interesting, holiday-themed (lite) recipe will win a copy of Susie Fishbein’s Kosher By Design Lightens Up. I am counting on your creativity to help us all get through this holiday season without having to buy a new wardrobe!

Nosher-recommended lighter side recipes:

Crispy Baked ‘Fried’ Chicken (you can use soymilk with 1 Tablespoon of vinegar where this recipe calls for buttermilk)

Quinoa and Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Dinner in Venice’s Minestrone Soup

Keep on Noshing

Savory Za’atar Challah

The addition of Middle Eastern spices gives this challah a subtle flavor that is perfect with a savory meal.

Za’atar Fried Chicken with Spicy Thyme Honey Recipe

This American comfort food classic gets an Israeli twist with plenty of za'atar and fresh thyme.

Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar

Simple, sophisticated and just a little fancy.

Shabbat Chicken with Dried Fruit Recipe

This go-to chicken recipe, with a glossy and delicious sauce, is perfect for Rosh Hashanah or Shabbat.

Classic Potato Kugel

A grandmother's recipe offers an easy route to this classic Ashkenazi dish.

VIDEO: How to Make Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed cabbage is one of the most quintessential Ashkenazi Jewish dishes.

Baklava with Honey and Cardamom Recipe

You won't miss refined sugar or butter with this sweet treat featuring cinnamon and cardamom-spiced nuts covered with honey syrup.