Tonight marks the beginning of Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights. Jews celebrate their victory over the Greeks and the dedication (Chanukah’s translation from Hebrew) of the Temple in Jerusalem. In the Chanukah story, a small quantity of oil to light the Temple’s menorah (one day’s worth) miraculously lasted eight days, and it is customary to eat latkes (in oil) to commemorate this miracle.

But let’s take this miracle to a new level….a culinary miracle.

Normally, about 2 tablespoons of oil can only make 3 latkes. With my recipe, it can make a whole batch of 12! It’s a Chanukah miracle!

For every 4 latkes, just add two teaspoons of oil before placing the latkes in the pan. This allows you to control how much oil you’re using. I use a pastry brush to coat the pan.

It’s also a healthy miracle. Add some additional anti-oxidant power from the sweet potatoes and cinnamon, and super food spices like turmeric / black pepper and ginger (anti-inflammatory), and cumin (helps with digestion).

May the miracle of Chanukah and this new recipe bring you a holiday filled with love, mindfulness, and…. deliciousness!

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato (about 11 oz.), peeled and grated

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup onion or scallions, chopped

1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon cumin

2 tablespoons olive oil (divided into 2 teaspoon portions)

Directions:

  1. Combine sweet potatoes, onions, flour and spices into a large bowl.
  2. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. When hot, add 2 teaspoons of oil into pan until coated. You may want to use a silicone pastry brush to ensure full coating.
  3. Take approximately 1/3 cup of the sweet mixture, and shape into pancake, and place in pan. Once in pan, flatten with a spatula. Place 4 pancakes in the pan at a time.
  4. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side, until fully browned.
  5. Serve with unsweetened apple sauce or Greek plain yogurt.

Mona Dolgov

Nutritionist, cookbook author, and product development expert Mona Dolgov lives her lifelong mission of creating healthier food products, recipes and inventing simple culinary tricks to easily create practical and healthier lifestyles. She has authored and published over 20 cookbooks for kitchen appliances, health and wellness products and grocery retailers, focused on simplicity and using nutritious ingredients.

She recently co-authored The Perfect Portion Cookbook a 5-star rated cookbook (with Hollywood star Anson Willams) that makes American classics healthier and guides consumers to healthier portion control. This book (and Mona) was featured on the Today Show, The Doctors, Huffington Post, and on several talk shows throughout the United States.

Mona is President of You Live Right LLC, helping corporate partners and individuals create relevant and fun nutrition, food and recipe content to create healthier lifestyles.

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