Shabbat dinner is steeped in tradition, but does that mean that the same five dishes should grace the table every week? No way! This week’s featured foodie, Kenden Alfond of Jewish Food Hero, creates Jewish recipes that honor the classics with a plant-based twist. Here are five of her favorite dishes to make for Shabbat… or any Jewish celebration. We think you may want to make these on the regular.
A traditional Ashkenazi Jewish food, this sweet dish is typically made from carrots and root veg, plus dried fruit like prunes or raisins. This twist on the original is like a classy twice-baked potato: sweetened with maple syrup and a bit tart from orange juice, then mashed into a velvety purée.
Tell the mega-sugary store-bought macaroons to peace out: These are the only cookies you’ll need to make for Passover (or every weekend). Don’t be intimidated by the call for white beans or sweet potatoes in the batter—they add lots of good fat to the cookies without altering the flavor.
Traditional mina—a spinach pie layered with sheets of matzah—makes a dream Passover dish, sure, but why not make it this Friday? This plant-based spin on the classic features layers of mashed potatoes, sautéed zucchini, and kale.
Raise your hand if you think it’s time to take kugel to the next level. We thought so too. Tell your Bubbe you’ll make the dish this week—and leave the limp noodle casserole in the past for good. Creamy from silken tofu, with a hint of earthy mushrooms, this is one kugel we guarantee everyone will actually like.
This vegan version of chopped liver gets its funky faux-meat flavor and texture from mushrooms and walnuts. Serve with fresh, crunchy celery; challah; or matzah crackers.
Kenden Alfond blogs at Jewish Food Hero. She advocates for centering one’s plate and diet around minimally processed plant foods, hoping to live in a world where women’s supportive connection with themselves inspires them to make healthier choices. Her blog highlights Jewish recipes and traditions in particular. For more from Kenden, follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.