Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Vegetarian/Vegan Rosh Hashana

Gluten Free Rosh Hashana Recipes

Can you prepare a traditional Rosh Hashanah meal if you are are gluten free, vegetarian or vegan?

The answer is Yes

You can enjoy my vegetarian gluten free: 
  • Mock Chopped Liver 
  • No Chicken Broth
  • Awesome Authentic Matzoh Balls
  • Vegan entrees and sides
  • Grain Free/ gluten Free Honey Cakes
  • Grain Free/gluten free Mini Apple Cakes
  • Grain Free/gluten free Challah

Before I get to the recipes, there are a few rituals that are customary to observe at the evening meals to celebrate the New Year.

1. A new fruit- To begin the New Year it is customary to eat a fruit that is new for the season. We say a prayer over the new fruit in gratitude for enjoying the fruits of the earth and for enjoying another year and season. Pomegranates, fresh  figs, fresh dates, apples are fruits that are often chosen.

Apples and honey for Rosh Hashana

2. Honey- Honey is a traditional food that is featured during the holiday. It is customary to slice up apples and dip them in honey . Honey cake is another traditional dessert. We eat honey to welcome sweetness into the New Year.


3. Fish head- Ok  we won't be eating a fish head in this vegetarian home, but the fish head represents the " head" and the Jewish New Year is the "head of the year" ...Rosh means head   ... Hashanah means of the year. Maybe a head of cauliflower or a head of lettuce but NO FISH!

Here are the recipes:             
   Traditional Holiday Foods vegetarian- ized:
This is one of my favorites and everyone loves it: My mother always server chopped liver on Rosh Hashanah- this is my absolutely delicious vegetarian version made from walnuts and peas.  This mock dish is delicious and fairly authentic looking and tasting. ( vegan)
 Mock Chopped Liver ( Vegan and Gluten Free) 

mock chopped liver
closest vegan dish to chopped liver ( appetizer)

  • Vegetarian Borscht ( cold beet soup) for a hot day . Add a dollup of plain Greek Yogurt

Russian borscht
I add Greek Yogurt to the beet soup and  Love it!
  • We always had chicken broth on Rosh Hashana with Matzo balls- My Carrot Ginger Broth is really delicious and is great with thin rice noodles or my gluten free matzo balls 
Just because you are gluten free doesn't mean you can enjoy a traditional delicious matzo ball. These gluten free matzo balls are so easy to make and taste very authentic.  
       Best Gluten Free Matzo Balls Ever!
Gluten Free Matzo Balls
  • What would the Jewish New Year be without a good honey cake. This gluten free/grain free honey cake will blow you away. 

  • Gluten Free Mini Honey Cakes 

gluten free honey cakes

Do you prefer gluten free Apple Cakes? 
Try these wonderful mini apple cake muffins

This beautiful Gluten Free Challah can be made in an hour and anyone can bake it! 

Here are some less traditional, but still appropriate for the holiday. 

Parve Chocolate Pudding
Chocolate Avocado Pudding - Fast and fabulous and parve

End the meal with fresh fruit

Rosh Hashana ideas from other blogs: 
  • Rosh Hashana Salad with figs, candied walnuts, and apple from from Busy in Brooklyn

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  1. Nice collection of recipes! I had wondered if there was a vegetarian substitute for chopped liver--which I don't like anyway. I've made some walnut and mushroom meat substitutes that were delicious.

    1. Everyone seems to love this chopped liver. It is very tasty

  2. Great collection of recipes! Thanks for linking up at Real Food Fridays... hope to see you again :)

  3. Happy New Year.. your vegetarian verses of your wonderful traditional dishes look well thought out. Thank you for sharing them with us on foodie friday.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your old and new traditions on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday! Very neat. I've pinned it :)

  5. Oh, my word, what a gorgeous and sumptuous feast we'd have if we ate all of this! Shanah Tovah, and many, many blessings in the new year ... :)

    1. Mary,
      Thank you so much. So nice to hear from you. Happy New Year to you too..

    2. Mary,
      Thank you so much. So nice to hear from you. Happy New Year to you too..

  6. I think that you've found some wonderful alternatives! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  7. Hi Judee,
    This is Awesome! What a healthy and delicious feast Thank you for sharing your wonderful Vegetarian/Vegan Rosh Hashana dishes with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

    1. I love your blog carnival with all the healthy plant based recipes.

  8. What a great collection of Rosh Hashana recipes! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Happy New Year I pinned your collection to a round up board. Thanks for bringing this by Weekend Bites.


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