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Healthy Hanukkah Recipes

7 Dec 2015
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Healthy Hanukkah Recipes

Healthy Hanukkah Recipes

Many people celebrate light, life and peace around a table filled with delicious foods. For people with lung disease, performing all of the holiday tasks can be difficult. However, even just sitting in the kitchen to visit with your family can help you enjoy the holidays without as much breathlessness. Hanukkah, or the Jewish Festival of Lights, is a celebration of how one day’s worth of consecrated oil kept the Jerusalem temple lamp burning for eight days. Here we have compiled healthy Hanukkah recipes to help you celebrate the Festival of Lights.

Zucchini-Potato Latkes with Tzatziki


  • 1 pound shredded zucchini
  • 2 cups shredded cooked potato, (see Note)
  • 2 medium shallots, minced, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar


Preheat oven to 450° F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Toss zucchini, potato, 3 tablespoons shallot and egg in a large bowl. Add breadcrumbs, feta, 1 tablespoon dill, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Form the mixture into 12 patties.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 6 patties, cover and cook until crispy and browned on one side, 2 to 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the latkes to the prepared pan, browned-side down. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and patties.

Transfer the latkes to the oven and bake until firm and heated through, 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare tzatziki: Combine yogurt, cucumber, vinegar, the remaining minced shallot, 1 tablespoon dill and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Serve the latkes with the tzatziki on the side.

Note: Shredded, cooked potatoes can be found in the refrigerated produce section or dairy section of most supermarkets.

If dairy products cause your symptoms to flare-up, try a non-dairy cheese or yogurt alternative to substitute for the dairy products used.

Winter Squash and Chicken Tzimmes


  • 9 cups cubed peeled butternut, buttercup or hubbard squash, (1-inch cubes)
  • 1 cup small pitted prunes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried, oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Place squash, prunes, garlic, shallots, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle chicken with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and place on top of the vegetables. Mix broth, orange zest and juice in a small bowl and pour over the chicken. Cover the baking dish with foil.

Bake 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through, basting often, about 1 hour more.

Cooking with herbs and spices such as garlic, oregano and cinnamon add tasty seasonings without too much added salt.

Eating healthy can help you stay fueled with good nutrients. Maybe these recipes will become new favorites for you and your family. Practicing healthy eating habits along with trying alternative treatment options such as cellular therapy could improve your quality of life. If you or a loved one has lung disease and would like more information about possible cellular therapy treatment options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.


  1. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Lisa,

    We’re sorry to hear that you and your husband have been going through such a difficult time. Because lung disease affects everyone differently, it’s important to talk with your husband’s doctor about your questions and concerns. Your husband’s doctor knows your husband and his health situation the best, so remember to write your questions and concerns down for your next appointment. If you and your husband are interested in learning more about how stem cell therapy could help improve your husband’s quality of life, feel free to contact one of our patient coordinators today at (855) 313-1149.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Lisa

    8 months ago

    My father. Has had stage 4 for almost 5 years. 18% capacity. Bad pneumonia 2 years ago. TWICE!!!… However last year no hospital at all except for getting two stents put in and now capacity has changed- 24%..How are we looking? Will he be araroundanother year or two?

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