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The Latke: High Fiber Recipes Even Your Bubba Would Love

Place on your yamulke…here comes Hanukkah! Okay. It’s official. This calendar year, the eight-day winter festival starts on the same day as Christmas. Here’s a hint. No matter which holiday you celebrate, choose high fiber foods if you want to control overeating.

Eating high fiber foods will satisfy your hunger and make you feel full. By selecting high fiber recipes for Hanukkah, you can offer foods that could likely lower the absorption of fats. That, my festive friends, is a fantastic advantage for avoiding the dreaded holiday weight gain. Just remember the goal is to consume 25-35 grams of daily fiber.

The Hanukkah tradition of frying in oil is considered the culinary symbol of lighting a menorah. What would Hanukkah be without the latke? There are always some much-loved dishes and foods on the table, but you can easily tweak those classics with some precious grams of high fiber. Who knows? Maybe they will become part of family tradition for years to come.

Fiberlady want to share two delectable, but very different high fiber latke (a.k.a. potato pancakes) recipes. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised to learn that fiber is not only tasty but nutritious! Delight in!

Herbed White Bean and Zucchini Latkes
6 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup grated zucchini (about 4 ounces)

1 small onion, minced

2 tablespoons butter

2 slices white bread

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1 clove garlic

1 (15 oz) can white beans

2 eggs

1 tablespoon snipped or chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried chervil

1/2 teaspoon fresh basil

oil (for frying)

Directions:

1. Sprinkle zucchini lightly with salt and

drain in colander for 5 minutes.

2. Rinse well, and squeeze in paper towels

to remove all excess water.

3. Saute zucchini with onion in butter

until limp but not browned.

4. In a food processor sprinkle bread

with heavy cream.

5. Add garlic, beans, eggs, cilantro,

thyme,chervil, basil and blend until combined.

6. Fold in sauteed zucchini.

7. Drop by heaping tablespoons full in

a slightly oiled non-stick pan and fry for

4 minutes per side over medium heat, or until

golden brown.

Total Fiber: 4 grams per latke

Cinnamon Apple Latkes
4-6 servings

Ingredients:

2 eggs

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/3 cup water

3 cups cooking apples, chopped

3/4 cup flour, unsifted

1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated

oil for frying

1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

1. Beat eggs until light and foamy.

2. Mix in 3 tablespoons sugar, salt,

1 teaspoon cinnamon, and water until well blended.

3. Stir in chopped apple, flour and grated

lemon peel; mix well.

4. Heat the oil in skillet.

5. Drop 1/4 cup apple mixture into hot

oil. Flatten slightly. Fry on each side

until golden brown.

6. Drain on paper towels.

7. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon to

make the topping.

8. Sprinkle sugar-cinnamon mixture over

hot latkes.

9. Serve immediately.

Total Fiber: 3.5 grams per latke

Now that you are cookin’, Fiberlady invites you to consider the rest of your Hanukkah high fiber menu starting with a festive roasted red pepper spread; spiced dates with mascarpone cheese (may be served as appetizer or dessert); mixed greens with walnut and roasted onion dressing; a crockpot version of glazed tzimmes; a tangy sweet and sour brisket (sauerkraut is the secret); and for dessert…Hanukkah noshers..chewish Jewish delights!

All of these savory dishes and so many more may be learned at www.high-fiber-health/holiday.html. “Hanukkah only lasts for 8 nights, but a high fiber diet can last a lifetime.” Take it from Fiberlady.

Stephanie Shank (a.k.a. Fiberlady) has studied excellent nutrition since her days of mothering started 15 years ago which prompted her commitment to a high fiber lifestyle and the development of her top ranked website high-fiber-health.com/hanukkah.html High Fiber Health.

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