The first night of Rosh Hashana is just a week from tomorrow night.
I’ve been meaning to do this for a month, but denial was firmly rooted in my menu planning brain. Last night, however, I took no prisoners, stayed up way too late, and finally nailed down our Rosh Hashana menu plan.
You will see that other than challah and some honey cookies, my choices are grain-free. (Yes, it’s been almost three months and my husband and I are still doing the grain-free thing.)
Also, more than ever, I made a real effort to keep our plans do-able this year. I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew — and find myself standing in the kitchen in a sweaty panic two hours before yomtov. That’s not a good way to get into the new year mood!
But this year, do-able is especially important to me, since the Monday after Rosh Hashana, my brood will be boarding a plane to Israel.
For those who don’t know, we lived in Israel for many years. It’s been five years since we moved back to the US and we are so looking forward to this three-week visit. So, in addition to shopping, cooking and cleaning over the next eight days, I’m also going to be doing laundry and packing and generally freaking out.
Which is why I wanted menus that could be prepped and cooked without excessive kitchen time. In fact, I plan to make my challot, soup and desserts on Sunday.
First Night of Rosh Hashana Dinner
Apples & honey
Carrot ginger soup (I plan to try the Carrot Apple Ginger one on my apple recipe list)
Honey cookies (I made these last year and they were great)
Second Night of Rosh Hashana Dinner
Apples & honey, new fruit
Carrot ginger soup
Quinoa pilaf with dried apricots & almond slivers
Second Day of Rosh Hashana Lunch
We’ll be potlucking with two other families (thank you, guys!) and I’ll be making:
Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Poppyseed Dressing
Looking for more menu-planning inspiration, here are some old posts to browse through:
And if you want to braid some beautiful — and stunningly easy — challot, I made this video a few years ago, which many of you have seen.
So, now it’s your turn: I’d love to hear what you are serving for Rosh Hashana. Please share your menus below!