My Shabbat Menu

It’s been a little while since I shared my weekly Shabbat menu with you, and so in the spirit of the New Year I decided it was time!

I don’t typically cook very heavy or complicated dishes for Shabbat but this week I chose some of my most healthful dishes since my husband and sister are watching their diets. Hey, its the New Year – prime diet season!

Roasted brussel sprouts with Pomegranate Molasses – perhaps one of the simplest, and most delicious side dishes! I take 3-4 cups brussel sprouts, and quarter them. Place the brussel sprouts onto a sheet pan and drizzle with a few Tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Love garlic? I throw whole garlic cloves, still in their skin, into the mix as well. Then when the dish is done, you get to peel these little sweet morsels of garlic. Yum. Roast brussel sprouts at 400 degrees for 45 – 60 minutes. But tonight, for something slightly different, once the brussel sprouts are done roasting I am going to drizzle Pomegranate Molasses on top for a sweet finish!

What is Pomegranate Molasses? It is a pomegranate juice reduction that is sweet, but not too sweet. It’s a very popular item in Israel and throughout Mediterranean cuisine.

Next up? My super healthful Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. Not only is this hearty dish good for you and satisfying, you can also make it for Passover! My husband loves this and so does my sister, so I knew I better make a batch soon. You can follow my recipe here to make them: Quinoa and Turkey Stuffed Peppers.

My brother-in-law is also joining us for Shabbat dinner tonight, and he doesn’t like stuffed peppers, so of course I needed to make another dish. I already had a turkey breast in the freezer, so my Citrus-Herb Marinated Turkey Breast it is – yes it’s a very Turkey-rific meal. I take one orange, fresh rosemary, fresh sage, fresh thyme, garlic cloves, salt and pepper and make a simple marinade. Place turkey breast in a plastic ziploc bag, or pyrex dish, and cover with marinade. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours, but overnight is best if you plan ahead (I didn’t!). Turkey actually takes a little longer to absorb flavors than chicken. Roast at 400 degrees for 45-55 minutes.

To go with the turkey breast I think we need some mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Ok, maybe the mashed potatoes aren’t as healthful as say quinoa…but hey, everything in moderation.

And for dessert? I am thinking about making these Flourless Chocolate Cookies from the Overtime Cook. They look rich and chewy – the perfect way to end a delicious meal with friends and family.

Shabbat Shalom and happy cooking everyone!



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