Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is quickly approaching, so to celebrate with a sweet menu, we’ve turned to Elana’s Pantry (www.elanaspantry) for some easy gluten-free dishes. As sweet foods are a standard to incorporate into the Rosh Hashanah meal – symbolizing hopes for a “Sweet New Year” – start your meal with your favorite apples dipped in honey (Honey Crisp are great this time of year!), while concluding the dinner with Elana’s fabulous Paleo Honey Cake recipe below.


rosh hashana stuffed datesStuffed Dates

Makes 20 stuffed dates

Photo and recipe provided courtesy of Elana’s Pantry



1 cup pistachio nuts, shelled

1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 pinch celtic sea salt

20 large dates


1. In a food processor, pulse pistachios, orange juice, orange zest, and salt.

2. With a sharp knife, make a slit on one side of each date and remove the pit.

Push a teaspoon of pistachio paste into each date; gently squeeze closed so that filling spills over. Serve



rosh hashana pomegrante saladPomegranate Salad

Makes 4 servings

Photo and recipe provided courtesy of Elana’s Pantry



4 cups arugula

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


1. In a large salad bowl, combine arugula and pomegranate seeds.

2. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Toss and serve.



rosh hashana chicken with califlower and olivesChicken with Cauliflower and Olives

Photo and recipe provided courtesy of Elana’s Pantry



1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 bunch fresh thyme sprigs

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 shallot, finely chopped

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Zest of 1 lemon (use a microplane zester)

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted

5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced


1.  Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry with a paper towel.

2. Spread thyme sprigs evenly in the bottom of a 7 x 11-inch backing dish. Place chicken over thyme sprigs and scatter cauliflower around chicken.

3. In a small bowl, combine shallot, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and juice, olives and garlic. Pour lemon mixture over chicken and cauliflower. Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.

4. Bake at 400° for 45-55 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and cauliflower is well browned.



rosh hashana paleo honey cakePaleo Honey Cake

Makes 12 servings

Photo and recipe provided courtesy of Elana’s Pantry



2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup palm shortening

4 eggs

1/2 cup raisins


1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves.

2. In a separate bowl, combine honey, shortening, and eggs. Mix wet ingredients into dry, then stir in raisins.

3. Grease and flour an 8-inch cake pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes.


Celebrate The Meal With A Round Loaf Of Challah!

Although challah is eaten year-round on Shabbat, as well as many other Jewish occasions, round loaves of challah are a traditional symbol of Rosh Hashanah. The loaves are shaped into spirals or rounds to symbolize the continuity of Creation. Often raisins or honey are added to the recipe to make it extra sweet!

Here are a few ways to make your own challah from scratch…or simply order your favorite round loaf.

Tova’s Challah – a great a fluffy gluten-free version of a traditional round challah




rosh hashana katz challahRound Raisin Challah

From Katz Gluten Free

$4.49 per loaf, plus s/h


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