Tu B’Shevat Vegetarian Recipes for the Whole Family
The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is the “New Year for the Trees.” Given that this special day celebrates things that grow, it’s only fitting that you set a table filled with fresh produce. So, put the meats aside (for the day at least) and try one of these vegetarian ideas. These are super-simple, making them easy enough for your child to help you with. Make this a family activity, working together to create a Tu B’Shevat table that the adults and the children will enjoy!
Salad with Fruit
No, not a fruit salad. This is a fresh green salad with fruits on top. Combine a few different types of greens, such as green leaf lettuce, spinach, kale and arugula. Instead of filling out the salad with veggies only, add a few fruits – celebrating foods that grow on trees. What kinds of fruits should you include? Ask your family what they want to add in. Some ideas are sliced apples, sliced pears, dried or fresh figs or grapes.
Pomegranates are traditional Tu B’Shevat fruits. Of course, you’re only going to use the seeds. Make a meal of this fruit by adding it to a classic Middle Eastern dish – tabbouleh. Make with bulgur wheat, you can make your own by combine ½ cup bulgur with 1-cup boiling water and three tablespoons olive oil. Toss in 1-cup of finely chopped parsley and squeeze a lemon in the mix to finish it. Or, you can by boxed tabbouleh that you add to boiling water. Stir in the pomegranate seeds to complete the recipe.
Fig and Date Toast
Choose your family’s favorite multi-grain bread and toast it. The rest of the recipe is perfect for kids to put together themselves (under adult supervision of course). Spread on a layer of cream cheese. Either use plain cream cheese or go with a fruity flavor. Press sliced dried figs and dates onto the cream cheese.