Low Carb Sabbath Menus and Recipes

Low Carb Shabbat Meals

Broiled Tomatoes
Broiled Tomatoes. Giora Shimoni

Between the challah, matza balls, kugels and cake, one can easily consume too many carbohydrates on the Sabbath. To lower your family's carb intake this Shabbat, try these low carb Shabbat Menus and Recipes.

Sabbath Dinner

  • Indian-Spiced Salmon: As an alternative to a gefilte fish appetizer -- which often contains carbohydrate-rich fillers (not to mention plenty of sugar, if you like it sweet) -- try this Indian-Spiced Salmon, either solo or served over salad. It also makes a nice main dish, if you prefer to skip meat or poultry. 
  • Simple Roast Chicken : Giora Shimoni's ultra-simple chicken recipe is seasoned with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Want something more elaborate? Try Ronnie Fein's Roasted Chicken with Baharat, Garlic, and Mint.
  • Broiled Tomatoes: Topped with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil, these flavoful broiled tomatoes are ready in about 20 minutes. 
  • Garlic Roasted Broccoli and Red Peppers: Giora Shimoni calls this recipe  "the perfect side dish." The red bell pepper is optional, but it adds tremendous flavor and a nice burst of color to the dish, so add it if you've got one on hand. 
  • Roasted Asparagus: While you're roasting the broccoli and peppers, throw some asparagus in the oven, too, and you'll be rewarded with a crowd-pleasing side that's a great complement to the rest of the meal. 
  • Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp: This fruit crisp is lower in sugar than many desserts, plus you can leave the skin on the apples and use whoite whole wheat flour for a fiber boost. 

    Sabbath Lunch

    • Susie Fishbein's Chef's Salad: Susie Fishbein, author of the popular Kosher by Design cookbook series, created this kosher take on the classic chef's salad. Her version includes pastrami, salami, and smoked turkey served over greens with a creamy (but dairy-free) herbed dressing. 
    • Turkey Roll with Mushroom Gravy: Artist Susan Portman shared this recipe for her easy-to-preapare turkey roll,  Seasoned with onion, garlic, and celery, and tenderized with a splash of ginger ale, it's served with a mushroom and red wine gravy. 
    • Avocado, Hearts of Palm, Edamame & Za’atar Salad: Cookbook author Kim Kushner proves you don't need lettuce to make a great green salad. This spring-hued combo of avocado, hearts of palm, and edamame is accented with lemon zest and the Middle Eastern spice blend za'atar. It's a gorgeous salad that couldn't be simpler to make.
    • Broccoli Kugel:  A little whole wheat flour helps bind the broccoli, onion, and eggs in the simple kugel -- and adds some extra fiber, too. 
    • Watermelon: Though it tastes sweet, nutritious, hydrating watermelon can still be a good fit for low carb diets, as it has a low glycemic load. 

    Updated by Miri Rotkovitz