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Healthy Purim Dishes

Healthy Purim Dishes

This Purim express your love for one another with delicious, life-enhancing cuisine.


It is actually possible to have a healthy Purim festive meal. We can express our love for one another with the gift of life-enhancing dishes.

Here are some of my favorite healthy Purim recipes. Enjoy!

(By the way you can use combination of these recipes for healthy mishloach manos gifts.)

Colorful Curried Rice

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • ½ cup almond milk*
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ chopped fresh dill
  • 2 grated carrots
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup of favorite cooked beans: chic peas, black beans, adzuki, or lentils

*almond milk can be substituted with GMO free soy milk or coconut milk

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl.

Turmeric Carrot Salad

  • 1 kilo (2 lbs) of fresh carrots, grated
  • 1 package of fresh green parsley, well rinsed, chopped
  • 1 cup fine slivers of purple onion
  • ¼ cup oil (preferably olive)
  • Juice of 1 fresh squeezed lemon (about 3-4 Tbs)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Combine all the ingredients, except half the parsley, into a large bowl, and stir well. Then add more parsley as decoration.

Chic Pea Salad

Chic Pea Salad

  • 2 cups cooked chic peas (or 2 cans)
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • Sea salt (1 tsp if home cooked, none if canned)
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Tb sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2-4 chopped fresh garlic (or 1-2 tsp garlic powder)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro—4 sprigs, chopped
  • 1 chopped tomato or red pepper

Mix ingredients and marinate about two hours.

Sweet Orange Soup

  • 2 lbs carrots
  • 2 lbs of yams
  • 2 butternut squash
  • 4 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic

Wash well all the ingredients, peel if necessary, and then slice the larger vegetables into smaller pieces. Place all the ingredients into a large soup pot, and cover with water. Cook for about 20 to 40 minutes, until the veggies are soft.

Puree with a hand blender and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Yum!

Purim Granola Bars

Purim Granola Bars

  • 1 cup raw almonds, crushed
  • 4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp real vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped dates

1. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

2. In a stainless steel pan, heat the oil, sugars, vanilla and salt over low heat, stirring until the ingredients are well mixed.

3. Add the dry oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit to the heated ingredients and mix well.

4. Press firmly onto a baking paper, on an oven tray.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 200°C (400°F).

6. Let cool for about two hours, before cutting into bars.

Spicy Chicken

  • 2 whole chickens, cut into sections, skins removed
  • 1 Tb turmeric
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 Tb sweet paprika
  • 1 Tb ground garlic
  • 1 Tb onion powder
  • 1 cup of water

Place all the ingredients in a medium size pan. Heat up and simmer for one hour, or slightly longer until the chicken is soft. Spicy and delicious.

Vegetarian Alternative

Rinse, wash and soak overnight (or at least 4 hours)

4 cups of assorted beans: kidney, pinto, navy, large Lima, black-eye, cranberry. Simmer or cook in a pressure cooker pan until nearly soft (about 1 hour).

Then add the same spices as for chicken, and cook another 40 minutes.

For beans to be more digestible, cook with a large piece of kombu seaweed (optional).

Huge Rainbow Salad

Huge Rainbow Salad

  • 1-2 heads of lettuce
  • 1 red lettuce
  • 4 grated carrots
  • 4 round sliced cucumbers
  • 2 sliced red peppers
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 purple onion
  • 2 cups of white, mung sprouts
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tb sesame seeds

Dice and slice into various sizes of pieces (except for the sprouts) Mix together in a large salad bowl, then add the seeds and decorate with Cherry tomatoes.

Salad dressing on the side:

  • 1 cup of oil (olive is the best)
  • 1 Tb freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tb apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp sea salt (optional)

Purim sameach!

March 8, 2014

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Visitor Comments: 5

(5) Anonymous, February 18, 2018 6:42 PM

please state # of servings for recipes

I rarely use your recipes because they are written poorly.
You don't clearly provide the information I need to be able to tell at a glance, how many servings a recipe makes and the total preparation and cooking times. I can, of course, check other similar recipes elsewhere, to see, e.g., how many rolls I can get from X amount of flour or how many servings from X lbs of chicken. But when I have to look elsewhere, I rarely return to your recipes.

(4) Andrea, February 24, 2015 8:00 PM


Wow, all these recipes are actually vegan (if you make the veg dish, not the chicken). Thanks, this is amazing, because I believe we Jews will lead the way in showing the world that a compassionate plant-based diet is the most sustainable and wonderful way to live! Hag Someach!

(3) Anonymous, March 10, 2014 2:16 AM

Amazing recipes!

I am always on the lookout for healthy recipes. Make sure to post some for Pesach!

(2) Bracha Goetz, March 9, 2014 8:20 PM

What joyful and healthful recipes!

(1) Anonymous, March 9, 2014 6:31 PM

Healthy food

Finally some healthy, tasty and easy recipes...

todah rabah!

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