Recipe Roundups

19 Fresh And Light Post-Holiday Recipes

Kosher.com Staff December 18, 2023

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We know we’re not alone when we say we’re tired of all the heavy fried foods from Chanukah.

This week, it’s all about healthy, green, light, and fresh foods we can add into our repertoire- and we couldn’t be more excited!

From Chicken Avocado Burgers and Crispy Chickpea Macro Salad to Lemon Za’atar Cauliflower and Lemony Sheet Pan Fish and Veggies, with these recipes you’ll feel refreshed, healthy, and ready to tackle anything!

There’s something for everyone in the list below- we hope you enjoy!

1. Rorie’s Poke Bowl by Rorie Weisberg

In 15 minutes or less you can have a full, delicious meal for the 9-days that is both dairy & gluten-free. These broiled salmon poke bowls are filled with healthy, colorful and nutritious ingredients that you’re sure to love!

2. Roasted Veggie Platter with Green Tahini Dressing by Marla Rottenstreich

A colorful platter of winter vegetables, roasted to perfection, to warm your body and soul- dressed perfectly with a warm green tahini dressing!

3. Chicken Avocado Burgers by Riqi Schonbrun

When you have little ones it’s all about super-easy, very quick dinners. This recipe is just that. And of course, it tastes so good that your picky eaters will be finishing their plates!

4. Vegetable Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Sauce by Leah Leora

Simple, healthy, and fresh, these spring rolls are a perfect appetizer or light meal.

5. Crispy Chickpea Macro Salad by Rorie Weisberg

Get ready to crunch on some seriously crispy chickpea croutons! Rorie’s here to show us her favorite combos for a vegan macro salad packed with plant-based protein and bursting with flavor. This salad is both light and filling, making it the perfect meal to fuel your day.

6. Mexican Rice Salad by Marla Rottenstreich

With all the flavors of your favorite Mexican dish, this rice salad is one of Marla’s favorite grain salads that is filling as a meal in its own right.

7. Greek Salmon Dinner by Victoria Dwek

I love this dinner! It’s refreshing, light, delicious, and looks so gorgeous when it’s served. Plus, it comes together in the time that it takes to bake a piece of fish. The cool thing is that you don’t have to do anything major to flavor the fish or the grain (I showed rice here, but I also make this using quinoa…that’s what makes it a complete meal!) because the dressing takes care of everything! You can bake one big salmon fillet or have the fish cut into individual portions, or even cubes… it doesn’t really matter (just adjust baking time accordingly). Serve this on a flat platter and you have a dinner that can’t help but make your eaters feel special even if it didn’t take much work. Enjoy!

8. Rainbow Feta Salad by Rorie Weisberg

The flavor in this salad is even more spectacular and unique than the colors and presentation. Because it’s so special, I often serve it without the cheese as a side salad for Shabbos day lunch or even as an appetizer salad on Friday night, with my 4-minute fish cubes (recipe in the cookbook) on top. This salad is another example of how to make a dairy salad into a macro meal.

9. Asian Power Bowl Macro Meal by Rorie Weisberg

It’s time to get back to balance! Balance your meals by incorporating a combination of fiber, protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates for optimal satiation. Aim for three to six ounces of protein, one to two servings of healthy fats and one serving of complex carbs to create a macro meal.

10. Mediterranean Spiralized Zucchini by Leah Leora

This easy spiralized zucchini with olives, chickpeas, and a Mediterranean dressing is a flavorful side dish that can be added to any lunch or dinner.

11. Lemon Za’atar Cauliflower by Molly Hagler

There’s something so fresh and delicious about the combination of the lemon juice and zaatar! This is the perfect side dish to accompany any meal!

12. Lemony Sheet Pan Fish and Veggies by Ally Mawhirter

Sheet pan dinners are a wonderful trend for busy families – and when better to break out your trusty sheet pan recipes than Passover, when you’re likely cooking with different, simpler equipment than you have in your year-round kitchen.

13. Shawarma Cauliflower Tacos by Victoria Dwek

Instead of filling these tacos with meat, I use cauliflower and chickpeas for a vegetarian dish. I used the same tahini dip as in the za’atar fries to add flavor to these tacos.

14. Mediterranean Salad Wraps with Roasted Chickpeas by Chavi Feldman

I’d never actually tried roasted chickpeas until testing this recipe, and now I totally understand the craze. When added to this delicious salad wrap, it really gives it that extra zing. The pan-fried halloumi cheese, melted to perfection, also took this up a notch. Overall, this is one wrap you don’t want to miss!

15. Fresh ’n Simple Baked Chicken with Roasted Vegetables by Faigy Grossman

This has got to be one of the simplest recipes I’ve made in a long time! If you follow the instructions exactly, the chicken will come out tasty and juicy, yet basic enough for everyone in your family — even those with very particular (read: picky) taste buds — to enjoy.

16. Chicken and Quinoa with Sweet and Sour Veggies by Rorie Weisberg

I love this dinner because it’s simple but a real crowd pleaser. For a family of 6 there is never even a drop left. Adjust veggies to what you have in the house. Even just carrots and kohlrabi work. I’ve made this with just adding zucchini or just green beans or none at all. I hope you enjoy it as an easy healthy homestretch meal—one that you can rely on the night before your next big stock up shopping.

17. Crispy Sea Bass or Salmon by Rorie Weisberg

Using thin slices of sea bass or salmon, create a filling and healthy meal by broiling the seasoned fish and pairing with either a fresh salad or with the cooked greens. The addition of quinoa will keep you full for longer and give you lots of energy for a busy day!

18. Cumin Healthy Chicken with Carrot Noodles by Taylor Kiser

This low carb, gluten free cumin healthy chicken stir fry has creamy coconut, coriander and cardamom! Add broccoli and carrot noodles for a quick and easy, paleo and whole30 weeknight dinner!

19. Green Smoothie by Rorie Weisberg

It’s hard to find time for a well-balanced breakfast. During a hectic morning, you don’t have a spare minute to fix a real meal, never mind time to check that all those macros are included! This Green Smoothie, originally created by my sister Reva, changes everything. Just prepare the recipe in the evening, leave it in the refrigerator overnight, and voila! Wake up to a delicious macro meal, ready and waiting.