Hanukkah is underway–this year the Festival of Lights runs from the evening of December 16 to the evening of December 24. And when you think of Hanukkah, you probably think of latkes, as these delicious potato pancakes are often served at dinners during the holiday.
Along with being tasty, latkes hold special significance at this time of year: the oil they’re fried in represents the miracle of the oil that lasted in the temple for eight days after Jews won their freedom, instead of the one day it was expected to last. But while that oil may be symbolic, it’s not necessarily very healthy and can make latkes high in calories.
While we would never deny you a traditional fried latke dipped in apple sauce or sour cream–after all, potatoes are a source of potassium and we should all enjoy a treat now and then–you can have more than just a couple if you make them in a healthier way. These latkes are baked instead of fried, which cuts down significantly on the fat and calories in the dish. You can still get in that traditional oil by serving a side salad made with healthy olive-oil dressing.
Another way to add a bit of extra nutrition to latkes is to make them with a different vegetable–here are a few ideas: