1. Round Challah with Sweet Crumb Topping

It’s traditional to use round challahs for Rosh Hashanah, to represent the cycle of life. It’s also customary to eat sweet foods at this time, to symbolize our desire for a sweet year ahead, hence the raisins and sweet crumb topping.

2. Chocolate Pomegranate Tart

The tart pomegranate syrup and fresh seeds provide the perfect contrast to the rich chocolate and sweet shortbread crust. I highly recommend it! (Pomegranates are traditional on Rosh Hashanah.)

3. Traditional Chicken Soup

What’s a holiday meal without chicken soup?

4. Traditional Rosh Hashanah Tzimmes

On Rosh Hashanah, we try to eat sweet foods to symbolize our wish for a good, sweet year ahead. It is also customary to eat foods whose names in the vernacular allude to blessing and prosperity, and the Yiddish word for carrot, meren, also means “to multiply.”

5. Ginger-Infused Roasted Carrot Soup

Not a big tzimmes fan? Prefer something less sweet? That doesn’t mean doing away with the carrots altogether. Try this creamy soup with warm ginger undertones.

6. Delectable Melt-In-Your-Mouth Brisket

Somehow, brisket has become standard Rosh Hashanah fare across North America, and if you’re trying it, this is the recipe to use.

7. Fruity “Sweet New Year” Roast

This roast is soft and sweet, with fruity undertones from the wine and dried fruit . . .

8. Oven-Baked Schnitzel

Prefer chicken? Try this schnitzel recipe.

9. Rainbow Pepper Steak Salad

Less meat and more veggies? Try this vibrant salad.

10. Apple Noodle Kugel with Cinnamon Crunch Topping

Kugel is one of those traditional Ashkenazic dishes which makes some people roll their eyes, but without which others can’t imagine a holiday or Shabbat meal.

11. Sweet Brown Rice Kugel

Similar to rice pudding, but a little more solid so you can cut it into pieces.

12. Garlic-Parsley Spaghetti

Prefer a less sweet side? Try this pasta dish.

13. Sweet and Sticky Teiglach

A sweet Rosh Hashanah classic.

14. Purple Cabbage Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

With lots of traditional heavy foods, I’m sure lots of us are ready for some lighter eating. This vibrant, delicious salad will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied.

15. Fresh and Healthy Zucchini Ratatouille

I love how versatile ratatouille is. It tastes good both cold and warm. You can serve it over rice or quinoa for a filling vegetarian meal, or alongside chicken, meat or fish for a flavorful, light side.

16. Fresh and Vibrant Salad with Creamy Yellow Dressing

This salad is fresh and crunchy and the dressing is the hero—it’s thick and creamy without any mayonnaise.

17. Chunky Chicken Soup with Kreplach for Yom Kippur

To understand more about kreplach, what they represent and when else we eat them, check out this great explanation.

18. “Lekach”—Honey Cake

On the day before Yom Kippur it is customary to ask for and receive lekach (honey cake—signifying a sweet year) from someone—usually one’s mentor or parent. One of the reasons given for this custom is that if it had been decreed, G‑d forbid, that during the year we should need to resort to a handout from others, the decree should be satisfied with this asking for food.

19. Edible (Non-Candy) Sukkahs

I’m sure you’ve all seen the typical candy sukkahs. I’m excited to share these healthier versions, using real, simple food you might serve for breakfast, lunch of dinner.

20. Apple and Honey Pavlova with Pomegranate Coulis

No need to hold the brisket! You can easily make this a non-dairy dessert.

21. Stuffed Cabbage (Cholopchkes)

Just in case you’re not all cooked out yet, here’s yet another traditional holiday dish—a Simchat Torah classic.

22. Chunky Strawberry Apple Pear Compote

This compote is a great staple to keep in your fridge if you’re trying to eat healthily. It also freezes well, and tastes great half-defrosted, when it’s all icy and slushy.

And with the same recipe you can make this refreshing, naturally sweet drink.

23. Frozen Yogurt Grapes

Need a healthy snack while doing all that cooking? Keep these frozen yogurt grapes in the freezer and grab a couple as needed.

Wishing you all ketivah vachatimah tovah—may you be written and inscribed for a sweet new year.