Rosh Hashana Menu Plan 2016

You’d think that with Rosh Hashana not falling out until October this year that I would have been super organized and ready to go by at least the last week of September.

But noooooo!

I am dragging my feet as much as possible and dreading the shopping and cooking like you would not believe. Anyone else? What’s our problem???

Anyway, I did succeed yesterday in making my menu plan for Rosh Hashana (along with my menu plan for this week), and scrawled out my grocery list. Do you make your lists this way, too?


In theory, I could probably have gotten everything at one store (Heinens and a bit across the street at Tibor’s, Cleveland friends), but I’d easily spend $80 – $100 more doing it that way. So, four+ stores it is. Hopefully my ever patient husband will split the shopping with me, so I don’t have to do it all myself.Easy Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Erev Rosh Hashana – Sunday, October 2nd

We are potlucking with dear friends, which is my favorite way to enjoy a yomtov meal! I am bringing:

Apple challah ready for freezer

Rosh Hashana Lunch, 1st Day – Monday, October 3rd

We’re potlucking again! I’m bringing:

Rosh Hashana Simanim Tapas Menu

Rosh Hashana Dinner, 2nd Day – Monday, October 3rd

Last year, I made this awesome Tapas-style Simanim meal for our family for the 2nd night. It was really fun and everyone loved it. I was totally going to do it again. But, see above, I just don’t have it in me this year. So, confession time: I’ll be serving chicken soup with matzah balls for dinner on Monday night. I’ll make them another apple & cinnamon-stuffed challah, which can serve as both challah and dessert. And that’s it. (Don’t judge me harshly. It’s Elul after all 😉 .)


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Rosh Hashana Lunch, 2nd Day – Tuesday, October 4th

We are having three families over, plus our own, so we’ll be 20 people for lunch. This is a lot of people for (introverted) me, but they are all close friends and I think (hope) it’ll be fine! With such a big crowd, I always worry about having enough kid-friendly food, so I may have gone slightly overboard with the menu.

And there you have it. This is doable, I think. If I can get out of denial and go shopping.

What are you having for yomtov? I’d love for you to share your menu plans in the comments. We could all use the ideas and inspiration!




  1. Looks good.
    I haven’t even begun to think about chag yet…
    Wondering if you think that the pumpkin soup will be okay without the maple syrup. We are Whole30ing the holidays this year. No apples & honey!
    Thank you.

  2. Yes, totally! And that’s awesome that you’re Whole30’ing straight thru chag. We’ll be paleo (with the obvious exception of my apple-stuffed challah). Keep up the great work!

    • Thank you. I’m going to try the soup.
      Crossing my fingers that my children don’t revolt over doing this over chag. Hopefully they’ll have their tiger blood by then.

  3. Hi Mara!
    As always, thanks for sharing your menu plans- I really look fwd to them!
    And YES I make my shopping lists the same way! 🙂
    Shana Tova!

    • Our Menu plan is
      Sunday Night-
      Chicken Soup filled with yummy simanim veggies
      Honey Garlic Brisket
      Onion Rice
      Brussel Sprouts

      Monday Lunch
      Spinach Kugel

      Monday night

      Tuesday- out for lunch

      In my freezer already from a loaded baking day- choclate chip stix, zebra cookies and Challah

  4. Great ideas!

  5. Judith Ginsberg says:

    Sunday night: Chicken soup w/matzah balls, Baked chicken Rimon, whipped butternut squash and sweet potatoes, chopped Romaine salad and honey cake.
    Monday late afternoon: Gefilte fish w/beet salad, brisket w/onion gravy, roasted potatoes and leeks, rice salad. 2 challah in the oven and more to go!

  6. I love seeing everyone’s menu plans. I’m a recipe-aholic. My daughter has celiac and niece has to avoid top 8 allergens. Here’s my menu plan:
    GF and regular Apple and plain challah for all meals
    Sunday dinner (for 20): chx noodle soup and gluten matzo balls separate
    Smoked honey turkey bc Costco had turkeys
    Brisket ala husband
    Artichoke and dill rice
    Brussels, squash, onions
    Gf Apple crisp
    Chocolate covered allergy free cookie dough balls

    Lunch day 1 (for 18): I love the Simanim tapas idea
    Appetizer tray with dates, dried fruit, veggies, olives, hummus, etc
    Butternut squash soup w/ leeks
    Sephardic bean stew
    Roasted carrots
    Pomegranate blueberry limeade
    Chocolate beet cupcakes
    Sweet/sour meatballs

    Dinner 2: just us. Leftovers. 1 new salad

    Lunch 2: cholent and salads

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