Healthy Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Celebrate the Jewish New Year with our healthy Rosh Hashanah recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell. Find traditional Rosh Hashanah recipes for tzimmes, roasted chicken, honey cake, brisket, cabbage rolls, leeks and more. Enjoy these flavorful Rosh Hashanah recipes as a healthy way to celebrate a sweet year ahead.

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Apple-Cinnamon Cake

Rating: 5 stars
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This simple nondairy apple cake, which is often called Jewish apple cake, has origins in Eastern Europe. Cinnamon and sweet-tart Granny Smith apples make for a fragrant cake, while orange juice in the batter adds a sweet, fresh touch. Make it for Rosh Hashana or any other fall holiday or occasion. The leftovers (if there are any) pair nicely with a cup of coffee the next morning.

Quick Applesauce

Rating: 5 stars
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This quick homemade applesauce recipe makes a healthy snack or fruit dessert for kids. Applesauce is also a fabulous complement to potato pancakes or latkes.

Flourless Honey-Almond Cake

Rating: 4.07 stars
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Honey and almonds flavor this simple (and gluten-free) cake. It's lovely for afternoon tea or a spring holiday dessert. Be careful not to overbeat the egg whites--they should be white and very foamy, but not at all stiff or able to hold peaks. If you beat them too much, the cake may sink in the middle as it cools.

Sweet & Sour Beef-Cabbage Soup

Rating: 4.65 stars
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This wholesome sweet-and-sour soup combines beef, caraway seeds, sweet paprika and cabbage--ingredients that star in a number of German dishes. It is particularly nice served with crusty rye bread. For an even heartier soup, add diced cooked potatoes along with the cabbage. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Almond-&-Lemon-Crusted Fish with Spinach

Rating: 4 stars
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Coating fish with nuts and baking it is an easy, foolproof way to cook it elegantly. And it is especially nice with a mild white fish like cod or halibut. The spinach turns a little yellowy because it's cooked with the acidic lemon juice, but what you lose in green color is more than made up for in great flavor.

Lemon-Herb Roasted Beets

Rating: 4.33 stars
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We love how roasting brings out the sweet flavor of beets. Golden beets look especially pretty when tossed with the fresh herb and lemon seasoning mix, but any type of beets will work in this recipe. If you're a lemon lover, be sure to add the squeeze of fresh lemon juice after the beets are roasted.

Simple Roast Chicken

Rating: 4.67 stars
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There's no reason to get overly fussy with complicated techniques for a flavorful, rich and simple roast chicken, the ultimate comfort food.

Warm Beet & Spinach Salad

Rating: 4.75 stars
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This warm spinach-and-beet salad is inspired by a dish from Penny Cluse Café in Burlington, Vermont. If you have cooked beets on hand, you can have it ready in just a few minutes.

Spicy Chipotle Roasted Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars
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Roasted potatoes get a spicy, smoky flavor when tossed with ground chipotle pepper. If you like potato skins, just scrub the potatoes and leave the skins on--they add fiber and great texture.

Sweet & Sour Cabbage Rolls

Rating: 3.89 stars
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Lean ground turkey and brown rice seasoned with fresh dill and caraway seeds makes a moist filling for these stuffed cabbage rolls. They're baked in a combination of tomato sauce, lemon juice and honey for the familiar sweet-and-sour flavor typical of the dish.

Quick Roast Chicken & Root Vegetables

Rating: 4.22 stars
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Roasted chicken in 45 minutes? No problem. This technique of starting bone-in chicken breasts on the stovetop and finishing them in a hot oven with vegetables gets a hearty dinner on the table in a hurry. While everything roasts, you still have time to make a quick pan sauce with shallot and Dijon mustard. Serve with a spinach salad.

Roast Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze

Rating: 4.83 stars
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This sweet-tart pomegranate molasses glaze is delicious combined with the citrusy sumac spice rub, and gives the roasted chicken a dark, ruby luster. Rub the chicken earlier in the day, or overnight, for the best flavor.
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Roast Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze
This sweet-tart pomegranate molasses glaze is delicious combined with the citrusy sumac spice rub, and gives the roasted chicken a dark, ruby luster.
Lemon-Herb Roasted Beets
We love how roasting brings out the sweet flavor of beets. If you're a lemon lover, add the squeeze of fresh lemon juice after the beets roast.

Barley & Wild Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate Seeds

Rating: 4.92 stars
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This pilaf melds the chewy texture of barley and wild rice with the richness of toasted pine nuts and the sweet-sour crunch of pomegranate seeds. The elegant dish is perfect for entertaining.