Saturday, September 14, 2019

Vegan and Gluten Free Shabbat Dinner

This was Friday night Shabbat dinner for our Sabbath.

It's vegan, gluten free, filling, and healthy. 

Lots of greens and protein rich foods

A delicious vegan apple cake for dessert.

I think the photos say it all! 

I've included recipes and information about our traditions!

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It was a wonderful evening with family welcoming peace and light into our home.

Friday night is family night for us. My son Jonathan, his wife Wendy, and the grandkids Jordyn and Lexi live nearby and join us almost every Friday night for Shabbat dinner during the summer and fall ( we are snow birds) . My mother in law Toni usually joins us as well.
During the 5 months, I need to come up with a variety of Friday night menus. 
Being gluten free and vegetarian/vegan , I am always on the lookout for interesting ideas. 
Of course, sometimes I make things that everyone else can eat, but that I can't. I am the only one who is vegetarian and gluten free. However, my son and daughter in law are very health conscious and use organic healthy foods.

The menu that I shared is an example of a filling delicious meal that is all healthy, enjoyable, and vegan!

Ceremonial Challah Breads and Challah Cover and Challah Board

Traditionally, the Friday night Shabbat meal has a few ceremonial items. 

Before sundown, we light Shabbat candles in a family Shabbat candle holder, often passed down from generations, to bring the light and harmony of the Sabbath into our home. I've included a link  NSW Board of Jewish Education  that explains all the symbolic foods and customs in detail. 

 We have two loaves of bread, usually challah twisted bread,  a challah cover and a challah board. 

 We have two loaves of bread, usually challah twisted bread,  a challah cover and a challah board. 

Kiddush Cup:
We say traditional blessings and include a blessing over wine from a family Kiddush cup often made of silver. More modern Kiddush cups are  made from silver, other metals, glass. 

My Notes:

1. The Balsamic Reduction Sauce that I use on my green beans is especially delicious and can be used for many different types of vegetables.

2. The Vegan and Gluten Free Jewish Apple Cakis perfect for Rosh Hashanah ( The Jewish New Year) . It is moist and delicious and perfect for anyone who is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, or vegan. 

3. The  Vegetable Soup  literally takes 10 minutes using frozen vegetables. 

4. If you like a sweet dressing, the apple the Apple and Honey Dressing which I developed for Rosh Hashanah ( the Jewish New Year, last year is wonderful. 

5. When I was growing up from a family with an Eastern European background, my family traditionally ate chicken soup and chicken for the Shabbat meal. 

Shared on Weekend Cooking where anyone can share a food related Post. 


  1. Wow!!!! Can I come to your house next Friday?

  2. Looks as if you have found very creative ways to keep up traditions while avoiding gluten and while keeping to plant-based foods. Some of my friends who make gluten-free challah say they used braid-shaped bread pans but it looks as though you have found a way to make dough that keeps its shape.

    best... mae at

  3. wow that's a FEAST! Love your table set up too.

  4. Your blue embroidered cloth reminded me of this exhibit I saw here in Toronto.

    Question - I have been told that Manischewitz noodles are gluten free. However when I look it up I notice that they make a gluten free brand.

    If I look at other brands they have durum flour.

    1. Jackie,
      Many of the Kosher brands have gluten free noodles at Passover. During the year they are usually not gluten free unless specifically marked. I do not believe that Manischewitz noodles are naturally gluten free-

  5. What a a beautiful ceremony and the feast?

  6. Your family is certainly blessed that you prepare such a beautiful table and delicious traditional meal!

  7. How lovely, thanks for sharing your family tradition, I’m intrigued by your honey and apple dressing, definitely one I’d like to try.

  8. I really loved reading this, and especially loved the photographs.

  9. This is such an informative post! I'm going to try the vegetable soup, it looks so good.

  10. Claudia,
    Thank you - I do prepare most of the day on Friday for the meal. Then i send alot of it home with the kids!

  11. I love making Challah - have a lovely week.

  12. Thank you for sharing your family Shabbat dinner with the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Judee. This is a really precious resource, and I'm sharing it widely, including pinning to two boards on Pinterest. Family recipes are always the best, and this is such a lovely, inclusive dinner! Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Community.

  13. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,450. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen


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