Menu Plan: Week of Feb. 9, 2014

By | February 9, 2014

For the last month, I’ve been experimenting with smaller, simpler Shabbos menus. It started because I was in the middle of a big project for work and couldn’t afford to use the baby’s Friday naps for cooking, but it’s continued because we just plain like it. Friday nights are challah + dip, soup, and dessert. Shabbos lunches are challah + the same dip, a big salad, rice of some sort, and more of the same dessert. I wonder what took me so long to try this.

This week, I’ll be posting an article I wrote for Binah about menu planning — how I got into it, why I love it, how I do it — with a simple recipe for salad dressing. I’ll also be sharing the fun, flavorful granola bars we’ve been loving lately. See you soon!


Rena on February 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

Is your husband really full after eating just soup with challah? I think my husband would be looking around for the main course! And I’m not convinced I would be full myself…


Tali Simon on February 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm.

After one piece of challah and one bowl of soup, no. But after, say, three pieces of challah with whatever dip and three or four bowls of soup, totally. And don’t forget dessert. Soup + bread is a normal meal for us during the week, so why not on Fridays? The other thing is that it depends which soup you make — they can be really light or really hearty.


Eva on February 11, 2014 at 1:59 am.

Nom nom nom! As usual, your Menu Plan sounds scrumptious! It was a real ‘coincidence’ that you talked about your Shabbos menu today, as I’d been wondering for some time what you guys eat on Shabbos Kodesh. And I was going to ask you if you could please include your Shabbos menu in your weekly Plan? I never tire of hearing what other people are eating!!

On a completely unrelated note, but while I’m here, I was wondering if you could please recommend a wheat-free recipe for challah for me? For health reasons, I’m trying to be wheat-free (and sugar-free and dairy-free – ug! – as well as more or less vegan) and I’m missing challah and wondered if you have any suggestions for me? Thanks! Have a good week!

Blessings, Eva


Tali Simon on February 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm.

Thanks for your comment, Eva. You’re not the first to ask about including Shabbos meals on the weekly menu posts. Until now, I’ve assumed most people have meat on Shabbos and that our meals would not be so relevant, but I will definitely consider it! As for wheat-free challahs, that’s unfortunately outside the realm of my cooking experience so I can’t make any suggestions. Good luck!


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