Three Recipes to Try This Chanukah

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Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, and it involves eight nights of family, gifts and, of course, food. Keeping in mind the traditional Jewish concept of tza’ar ba’alei chayim – which explains that people should show compassion towards animals and avoid causing them harm – a great way to celebrate Chanukah is to opt for meals that leave animals off the plate! Just in time for the festival, we’re sharing three recipes from our friends at the Jewish Vegetarian Society (JVS) and PETA US. Potato Latkes Latkes are traditionally eaten during Chanukah. The oil for cooking the latkes is reminiscent of the oil that is said to have kept the Second Temple’s Ner Tamid lamp lit with its continuously burning flame. This vegan recipe makes 30 latkes, which go great with grated apples and vegan cheese! Jelly Donuts Donuts are a staple of Chanukah. With egg-replacer products or even just some flax seeds, it’s easy to make donuts with a proper airy texture without supporting the cruelty of the egg industry. Kugel Kugel is a staple at many Jewish celebrations, and there are many variations. (Try it made with sweet potatoes, spinach or broccoli.) This recipe is for a sweet and filling noodle kugel with apples and tofu. For more ideas for celebrating a cruelty-free Chanukah, check out the JVS’ festival cooking recipe page and PETA US’ blog on eight ways to have a vegan Chanukah celebration. Or for inspiration on how to live vegan year-round, order our free guide!

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