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  • Writer's picturechana'la Rubenfeld

A Meal Fit For A New Year

The holidays give me the opportunity to thoughtfully plan a big meal for my friends and family. A lot of care and love goes into the planning, preparation, and execution of it all. Did I have moments of complete overwhelm? Sure! However, the looks on my loved one's faces and the "oohs" and "ahhs" heard as they enjoy every item placed in front of them, made up for all of the work.


In order to spend less time stressing and more time enjoying my guests, I went with a simple table setting with disposables. It still looked beautiful and clean up was a breeze. Sometimes we have to compromise and give ourselves some slack.

Our meal was flavorful, beautiful to the eye, and good for the body.

Our Rosh Hashanah meal included:

  • Round Challah

  • Bourbon and Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes

  • Honey Glazed Salmon Skewers

  • Pan Seared Halibut with Greens

  • Veggie Bowl to lighten things up

It was the perfect meal to bring in a new year! Below you will find the recipes for the Challah and Honey Glazed Salmon Skewers I prepared. Both are fantastic recipes that can be enjoyed all year long.📷Did you notice that Honey was in 3 of my menu items? Matter of fact, we enjoyed our Challah straight from the oven and dipped it in honey still in the honeycomb. I love honey!  Not just for its natural sweetness but because of all the benefits that come with eating it. If you can manage to get your hands on local honey then you are really going to be amazed at what this "liquid gold" can do for you and your family. Local honey is a superfood packed with antioxidants and propolis. It has anti-cancer, antimicrobial properties, and aids in detoxification. Using local honey will also improve environmental allergies. It's recommended, for the best results, that you use a raw, unfiltered, unheated, unprocessed honey produced within 50 miles of your home. What ways do you use honey in your home?xxx, to your health and enjoying great meals with family,📷

P.S. I hope you enjoyed your holiday meal as much and we did ours. What was on your menu? Head over to my Facebook group "Busy And Healthy Moms" and share pictures of your meal.

P.S.S. Want to learn more on how to eat for energy, to fuel yourself in a delicious, healthy and fun way? Download my FREE 5 day Eating for Energy Starter kit here.

Honey Infused Challah Ingredients 2 cups warm water2 pkgs dry yeast3/4 cup honey1/2 cup oil1 Tbsp salt2 eggs2 Tbsp vanilla extract2 cups oats2 1/2 lbs whole wheat flour Instructions Dissolve the yeast in water.Add honey. Let the yeast bubble and double in size.Add in oil, salt, eggs, vanilla, oats, and flour. Mix well. Let dough rise. When the dough is double in size, punch it down. Shape into loaves. Glaze challahs with egg yolk. Drizzle extra honey and some oats on top. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

📷 Honey Glazed Salmon Skewers Ingredients 3 pc salmonsaltpepper2 Tbsp honey1 Tbsp warm water1 Tbsp olive oil3 cloves garlic crushed 1/2 cup coconut milk (full fat)1/2 cup mayonnaise2 tsp fresh dill2 tsp lemon juice1/2 tsp sea salt Instructions Season the surface of the salmon with the salt and pepper. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Set aside. In a small bowl whisk the honey, water, olive oil and garlic together to create a marinade. Stir to combine well. Place salmon pieces in the marinade for 10 minutes. Place salmon on a baking sheet and brush remaining glaze over salmon. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Once cooked, place three cubes on each skewer. Serve with Dill Dip below. Dill Dip In a small bowl, whisk almond milk, mayonnaise, dill, lemon juice, and salt together until smooth.

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