If you are looking for a light, one dish meal, that has all of your protein and veggies, try this fresh and delicious steamed sole dish. If you’re not a fan of sole (dover or lemon) use any of your favorite light white fish. The fancy way to cook this dish is en papiotte, where you bundle each portion inside of parchment paper and seal them and each person gets their own little package, cut open and steaming hot. I have simplified this, and bake it all on a sheet tray or pyrex, covered tightly, and served family style. Make sure to cut you veggies super thin, so that the fish and the veggies cook in the same amount of time. Serve on a bed of cous cous to sop up the delicious juices.

Yemenite Chicken Soup

This is a warm and comforting chicken soup, with a delicious Mediterranean twist. The addition of cilantro, dill and parsley as well as the Hawayij spice mix with cardamom, coriander, and turmeric turn this chicken soup into a Yemenite feast. If you like spice, try adding a teaspoon the homemade Zhug to your bowl before taking your first bite - or eat this with a side pita and zhug.


Hanukah is all about the cultural battle between the Ancient Jews and Greeks, so why not serve some Greek food on Hanukah? This Spanikopita recipe is full of the usual spinach and feta, but also has lots of fresh dill and parsley to add great bright flavor. I also add some chopped broccoli which lightens up the filling a bit and add some more veggie flavor to balance out the spinach, which can otherwise be heavy. I like to make these into individual triangles, as its always to make individual sized portions that people can pick up with their hands. You can also make this in a 9 by 13 baking dish, lines with phyllo sheets on the top and bottom for a spanakopita that is more like a casserole. Both will taste delicious!

Salmon Burgers

In my house growing up, salmon burgers (or croquettes as we called them in the 80’s) were made from cans of salmon mixed with some eggs, breadcrumbs and maybe a little something green or crunchy if we were lucky. Easy, but it was never my favorite dinner. When I came across this method for making salmon burgers in an issue of Cooking Light, I knew it would be a hit. Instead of canned salmon, this recipe uses fresh salmon that is par-baked and them mixed with fresh and punchy flavors that are a far cry from the dull croquets of my youth. Serve with Sweet and Tangy Cruciferous Slaw on the side.