September’s Healthier Jewish Holidays

This month brings Rosh Hashanah on the 9th and Yom Kippur on the 18th. Check out these recipes and tips for healthier holiday eating (when you’re not fasting, of course):

Our partners at EatingWell suggest this Sweet & Savory Beef Stew to put a little sweetness into your New Year the natural way: with butternut squash and dried cherries. Then, break your Yom Kippur fast with this easy, make-ahead Smoked Trout Salad; it’s low in fat with an extra antioxidant kick.

Sharon’s Heart-Smart Challah loses the egg yolk for less saturated fat. (Jerry’s Jewish Webpage) Or try this Vegan Challah with no egg at all. (Jewish Food Mailing List)

Cooking Light offers a few lightened Jewish desserts, including a Honey Cake, a Cinnamon-Apple Cake, and a Harvest-Festival Fruit Strudel for Sukkot.

Deliciously update traditional favorites with this Apple & Date Mousse and Beet Casserole. (VegCooking) This variation on Carrot Tzimmes uses heart-healthy oil, orange juice and fresh parsley. (MedicineNet) And skip the fried leek patties for these Easy Braised Leeks. (DoItYourself.com)

Healthy Kosher Eating with Chana pairs this light and citrusy Olive Oil Cake with figs and honey. For Sukkot, try her Red Lentil Soup with Buttermilk Cornbread. Finally, you can resolve to have a more nutritious 5771 with her seven strategies for eating healthier.

Like your familiar family recipes? You can still give them a little tweak with these four tips for healthier Jewish cooking and eating. (eHow)

Chag Sameach and an easy fast!