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Healthy and Sweet – Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

Posted by JCC Pittsburgh on September 5, 2023

Our recent Nutrition & Dietetics Graduate Interns shared their recipes for a sweet and healthy new year.

Cinnamon Apple Noodle Kugel (Serves 12-15)

Hayley Tyson


  • 1 pound whole grain wide noodles
  • 5 large eggs, whisked
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon + more to sprinkle on top
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to bake at 350° F. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook noodles for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse noodles with cold water to stop cooking.
  4. While noodles are cooking, whisk together eggs, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, sugar, salt, and applesauce.
  5. Coat empty pot with oil, return noodles to pot and fold with oil and egg/applesauce mixture. Transfer noodles to prepared
    baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. Bake 45 to 50 minutes until the kugel is completely set and the noodles on top are slightly crispy and browned.

Apples & Honey Quinoa Salad

Tara Garfield

This salad is an easy, fun, and healthy way to enjoy apples and honey this Rosh Hashanah!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients for Salad:

  • ¼ cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup quinoa (I used a microwavable brown rice & quinoa blend)
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 granny smith apple, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup Feta cheese (optional)

Ingredients for Honey Vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Make the rice and quinoa according to the package directions.
  2. While the rice and quinoa are cooking, make the dressing. Mix together all ingredients with a whisk in a medium sized bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, add the cooked rice and quinoa and mix in chickpeas, arugula, diced apple, chopped walnuts and pomegranate seeds.
  4. Toss in dressing and serve immediately!

Tips: you can make the rice and dressing two days before serving. Keep refrigerated.

Looking for more sweet things for the new year? Bake a challah! Recipe is HERE

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