It’s Chanukah…Bring On The Latke!

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menorah lightingChanukah is one of my most favorite holidays. It is one of the most relaxing and stress-less holidays for me, minus of course, all the running around from party to party. I have so many memories as a kid of large outdoor Menorah lightings in the freezing cold as we warmed ourselves by eating piping hot latkes. And now, of course, my kid’s have the exact same memories of our outdoor Menorah lighting event, standing huddled together in the freezing cold, singing together and warming up over the sternos that are heating up the latkes.

On the first night of Chanukah, traditionally, dinner is always latkes! We usually stay home, play dreidel and eat lots and lots of latkes! I always love making the traditional potato latkes and then adding my own twists by using different vegetables to create new recipes. In the past, I’ve made a different kind of latke each night. From cauliflower latkes to sweet potato and apple latkes and many others in between.

As you, I LOVE me a good bar for dinner. SO… This year I decided on a latke bar. For me it’s much simpler to prepare the different ingredients and let everyone create their own dinner plate, instead of trying to be a short order cook and anticipating what foods everyone will be in the mood of eating, on that particular night. I am sure you moms “know how it goes”. 😉  So, I will prepare a bunch of different latke recipes and everyone can choose their own different toppings to put on the latkes. I think it will be fun to see the different combo creations that my kids come up with. potato with fried egg and avocado

AND new for this year as well, is that I’m using my air fryer!! Did I tell you how much I am loving my air fryer lately? I bought one a few weeks ago and have been making everything in it! Sweet potato fries, feta bites, crispy tofu, so of course, I had to test the latkes in them, too! I actually did a test side by side with latkes made in oil in a frying pan and made in the air fryer to see which would taste better. HANDS DOWN, the ones in the air fryer were way better! They were crispy and delicious and didn’t fall apart as much as the ones that I made in the frying pan did, plus they were done much quicker! They were crispy without that greasy feeling or that lingering frying smell that you end up smelling in your house for days afterward. Extra bonus, for me as a health coach, is that this is a great way to lighten up the calorie and fat content of latkes. Have your latke and enjoy eating it too, without any of that guilt or regret! 

 On The Menu: 

Broccoli Quinoa Latkes, Carrot Miso Latkes, Beet Latkes, Carrot and Zucchini Latkes, Kohlrabi Latkes and of course, good old traditional potato latkes (all recipes are posted on the bottom of this post) with a whole slew of toppings to choose from:

Topping Bar Options: 

Feta Cheesetoppings
Avocado
Dill Sauce
Pomegranate Seeds
Pepitas
Fried egg
Everything But The Bagel Spice
Smoked Salmon
Techina
Diced Tomatoes
Edamame
Chummus
Sauteed Mushrooms and Leeks
Hearts of Palm
Hemp Seeds
Nutritional Yeast
Sun-dried Tomatoes
Shaved Carrots

Here are some of my favorite Latke + Topping Combos. I’d love to hear what are some of your favorites!!

Latke + Topping Combos: 

// Beet Latkes with Feta Cheese + Pepitas
// Potato Latkes with a Fried Egg + Sliced Avocado + Everything But The Bagel Spice
// Sweet Potato Latkes with Techina + Pomegranate Seeds
// Zucchini and Carrot Latkes with Smoked Salmon
// Broccoli Quinoa with Nutritional Yeast

Wishing you a joyous, fun and latke filled, memory creating, Chanukah! xxx

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Beet Latkes

Ingredients

  • 2 Large eggs lightly beaten
  • 4 Carrots, grated
  • 2 Beets, grated
  • 1 Sweet Potato, grated
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Oil for frying, spray avocado oil for baking or air fry optional

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together.

  2. If frying, add oil to a hot frying pan. 

  3. Shape into pancakes. 

  4. If frying, wait until it is well done before flipping, so you only have to flip once. 

  5. If baking, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and spray with avocado oil. 
  6. If air frying, spray the bottom of air fryer and place latkes inside. 

  7. Cook until it reaches the level of crispiness that you like. 

broccoli quinoa

 

Broccoli Quinoa Latkes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag broccoli, frozen
  • 1 bag cauliflower, frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 2 tspn nutritional yeast
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. If frying, add oil to a hot frying pan. 

  3. Shape into pancakes.

  4. If frying, wait until it is well done before flipping, so you only have to flip once.

  5.  If baking, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and spray with avocado oil. 

  6. If air frying, spray the bottom of air fryer and place latkes inside. 

  7. Cook until it reaches the level of crispiness that you like.

  8. Top with a sprinkle of hemp seeds + nutritional yeast. 

 

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Carrot Miso Latkes


Ingredients

  • 1 carrot
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 tspn miso
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tspn baking powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together. 

  2. If frying, add oil to a hot frying pan. 

  3. Shape into pancakes. 

  4.  If frying, wait until it is well done before flipping, so you only have to flip once.

  5.  If baking, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and spray with avocado oil.

  6.  If air frying, spray the bottom of air fryer and place latkes inside.

  7. Cook until it reaches the level of crispiness that you like. 

carrot kolrabi

 

Kohlrabi latkes w/ avocado cream sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 kohlrabi
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together. 

  2. If frying, add oil to a hot frying pan.

  3.  Shape into pancakes. 
  4. If frying, wait until it is well done before flipping, so you only have to flip once.

  5. If baking, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and spray with avocado oil.
  6. If air frying, spray the bottom of air fryer and place latkes inside.
  7. Cook until it reaches the level of crispiness that you like. 

Avocado Cream Sauce

  1. Blend together 1 Avocado, 1 clove garlic, 2 Tbspn coconut cream, 1 tspn lemon juice, 2 Tbspn avocado oil, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

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Zucchini Carrot Latkes with creamy dill sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt to taste

Dill Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen avocado mayo
  • 2 tspn fresh dill
  • 1 tspn lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together.

  2.  If frying, add oil to a hot frying pan. 

  3. Shape into pancakes.

  4.  If frying, wait until it is well done before flipping, so you only have to flip once. 

  5.  If baking, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and spray with avocado oil.

  6. If air frying, spray the bottom of air fryer and place latkes inside.

  7. Cook until it reaches the level of crispiness that you like.

Blend ingredients well Dill Sauce ingredients

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My name is Chanala and I am a certified Integrative Nutritional Health Coach and a busy mom of 6 adorable boys! I turn diet-disillusioned moms into fabulous lifestyle leaders through compassionate coaching. I know and get what it's like to be super busy and want to be able to take care of YOU as well. That's why I'm here. :) I have your back! No need to feel like you are doing this on your own! I'l help, inspire, guide and support you in taking care of YOU! Because you deserve it!!