7 Ways to Lighten the Hanukkah Feast
Hanukkah is here, and that means sinking your teeth into those traditional Hanukkah foods. While favorites such as potato latkes, donuts, cheese blintzes and other foods fried in oil are delicious on the lips, they're also heavy on the hips and the heart.So why not lighten up this Hanukkah? As it so happens, Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of making one day's supply of oil last approximately eight days and nights in the Temple while the Jewish soldiers staved off invaders. This accounts for the heavy presence of oil and deep frying foods for the Hanukkah celebration. That's not to say you can't enjoy a hearty yet healthy Hanukkah. Take potato latkes for example. Instead of using potatoes fried in oil, combine shredded potatoes and chopped broccoli together and bake these modified latkes in the oven... without any butter or oil. Or fry them on top of the stove using an olive oil cooking spray.