This year, Rosh Hashanah falls on Wednesday night through Friday afternoon, seguing right into the Sabbath. That means four main meals of the holiday, and two meals for the Sabbath. My teenage daughter and I finally came up with a menu plan for Rosh Hashanah.
My daughter doesn’t eat any kind of meat or fish, but does eat chicken soup, or vegetables cooked in the meat or fish gravy. She is less particular than some others in the family.
I don’t want to go meatless for the entire holiday, but I do want to make sure she has things to enjoy at every meal.
And she will make the vegetarian stuffed cabbage and share the rest of the cooking as well, as will the other children. I’ll have four or five children home, and possibly a small number of guests.
When I plan I like to make several lists at once:
- Tentative menu for each meal.
- Shopping list.
- Cooking schedule.
With so many meals, though, I adjust things according to how much gets eaten. I haven’t planned every single item. We eat simply and the side dishes will depend on how much energy I have, how cooperative the kids are, and what I feel I need to use up at the moment.
While it’s traditional to serve sweet dishes, no one in our family enjoys sweet main dishes so we stick to mostly lemon and garlic like we do all year round.
- Simanim—the special foods to symbolize the new year. Mainly apple dipped in honey, beets, cabbage, carrots.
- Vegetarian stuffed cabbage—like this recipe for Stuffed Cabbage only with chopped mushrooms instead of ground meat.
- Rice or potatoes
- Chicken soup with matzah balls. My kids will happily eat soup at every meal
- Bean salad
- Rice or potatoes
People are not usually hungry for this meal, which is served late. If what I have listed turns out not to be enough I will gladly heat up special requests.
- Simanim (see above)
- “New” fruit just coming into season—another Rosh Hashanah tradition. Usually pomegranates or dates, both of which are also holiday foods.
- Leftover salmon as appetizer
- Chicken soup again
- Chicken soup
- Chicken—probably with olives and tomatoes
- Slow cooker meal with turkey or beef.
For the last two meals, my daughter will eat the side dishes and salads, and other vegetarian leftovers.
- Monday: Shop
- Tuesday: bake challah, rogalech (rolled yeast cookies with challah dough), and honey cake, pick up pre-ordered vegetables and prep them (see my Cooking Spreadsheet).
- Wednesday: Cabbage, lasagna, salmon, salads, the potatoes or rice, chicken soup
- Friday: Cook chicken and fill slow cooker for lunch on Saturday.
Whew! That sounds like a lot of work. What are you planning? How do youaccommodate special diets?
For more ideas:
Kosher Cooking Carnival at Cooking Outside the Box.