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Friday, September 3, 2010

Shabbat Food Prep Tips

A friend of mine was asking for tips on preparing food ahead for Shabbat. She says that the Friday night meal and Challah are flowing great...but it is hard to get in the swing of having things ready for Shabbat day. I can relate...I am sure all of us can...before we got a system that worked for us. I am goign to share some ideas, but I want to enourage others to share thier "life saving" tips in the comments sections will you please? Not only will me friend will be blessed, but I will be too! I am always open to learning to do things better!

I have some friends who eat very little on Shabbat. Some people even fast. This is easy to do if its just a couple adults...but that is not at all practically when you have kids! As a matter of fact, I find we munch more on Shabbat than any other day. It kind or reminds me of Thanksgiving in that way, people totally relaxing and eating more than they should. :-) That is not what it looks like every Shabbat...but it is common...so all the more reason we need to do a little more preparation ahead of time. :-)

We eat sort of "seasonally" so what we do in the colder or wetter months is different than what we do in the hotter months. Right now, we are "in between" we still have nice days that may be hot...yet things are cooling off and we are already starting to crave warm foods again. So I will suggest a little bit of a mix here.

Shabbat Breakfast ideas
Hot Cereal - When we want something hot we turn to Hot Cereals. You can search online for recipes, but if you want a cook book, Sue Gregg's Breakfasts, is wonderful and healthful. So is the one by the Goldbecks which is quite nice. The make ahead part is done by cooking them in the crockpot or by starting the cooking process and sealing it up in a thermos to let it slowly finish the process over night. It is often cooled by the next morning (which is nice for summer)..so if you want it pipin' hot, stick to the crock. Here is my recipe for Brown Rice Cereal We also usually have homemade granola on hand as a back-up.

Muffins and Breads - I have some muffin monsters on my hands! We love Muffins. Whenever I make muffins I make a minimum of 4 dozen. They freeze well and are handy to pull out on Friday for Shabbat breakfast the next day. Same it true with any kind of quick bread! This with a tall glass of milk is a tasty, easy and satifying breakfast. I use all whole grains and small amounts of natural sugar, so I don't have to feel guilty about feeding them dessert for breakfast! I have also made extra Challah or stuffed my Challah like a sweet bread for for the next days breakfast. It is just as easy to make 2 loaves as it is one! My Challah is whole grain and sweetened with honey too, so no guilt here! :-) I'ld be happy to share Whole grain muffin recipes with you if you ask...I just realized I don't have ANY posted. (How could that be??)

Fresh Fruit often shows up at our Shabbat breakfast table. You can blend up smoothies ahead of time and keep them stored right in the blender pitcher in the fridge. (Depending on your blend, it may seperate...just give it a stir with the spoon.)

Quiche or Fratata are very tasty served cold for breakfast or for lunch!

Mid-day ideas
During the hotter months I often think of "what would I pack for a picnic" or bag lunch. This such as:

Cold Chicken
Salads (of all kinds! Pasta, grains, green salads, bean, etc)
Cookies/ bars
Cheese, crackers and wine
Veggies and dip
Seasoned Popcorn
Dried Fruit
Mixed Nuts
Cold Pizza
Frozen Yogurt Pops
Nutbutter Balls
Hard Boiled Eggs
Ants on a Log

We discovered when we had a hectic Friday during our move and dinner didn't get made that Chinese Shabbats are very tasty! We over ordered and ate cold chinese all the next day. Cold Chinese if very good!!! We eat leftover Chinese that way all the time now!

And I prepare those things ahead. In the cooler months we seem to need the warm foods. This is when the crock gets a full work out! We are a multi crock family. I have learned the beauty of the crock! Here is a great site to jump start some crockpot love. This is such a practical tool. I actaully have 3 large crock pots and 3 small (dip sized). You can find them pretty cheap...if you train yourself to use them they are SO worth it! You can do breakfast lunch and dinner in the Crock for Shabbat. I have! My crocks have the bowl that comes out, so I can fill it and put my stuff in the crock in the fridge and pull it out in the morning. Or if you don't have the space, try those nifty Crockpot bags. This makes Shabbat clean up a breeze too! The crock pot is wonderful for the simplicity of make-ahead one pot meals! 2 crocks are also handy if you make rice in one and "toppin's" in the other. If you want some great crock pot recipes, let me know...I'll post those too.
make-ahead idea is this.

Crock Shabbat Ideas:
Beans (for burritos and rice)
Soups and Stews with bread
Chicken Dishes
Mexican Layered Casserole
Lasagna (I never to he oven anymore - do this with uncooked noodles!)
Rice Dishes
Baked Potatoes for potatoe bars
Potato Dishes
Fresh bread
Warm Desserts
Warm Beverages

Extra Early Make Ahead Tips
Make your meal ahead earlier in the week and put it in a bag in the crock and freeze it. After it freezes into shape, take it out of the crock and just store it in the freezer in the bag. This way it fits perfectly in the crock frozen. I have just put my big "meal cube" in there frozen on Shabbat morning and its done by dinner. (You chould defrost it the night before too, if you just put it in ziplock with out the shape. I have done that too.)
I have also spent a "make ahead meal day" and made lots of Shabbat meals and frozen them in Zip Lock bags and labled them. This is very handy to do if you know you are coming into a busy season or if you need to pick up a commitment on Friday that cuts into prep time. When you make one pot meals through out the weekm make twice what you need and freeze the left overs: Automatic Shabbat meal! (I like to save it for a week or two after..so it seems "new again".) :-)

Havdalah (End of the day) Meal:
I always used to treat this as a completly seperate meal...I still do at times...but I have recently allowed my supermom self the freedom to "let go" of that. I will often just make lots of food (or even just have healthy snacky foods) to graze on in the day and through the evening without making a seperate meal. I have opened a big bucket of (homemade) premade popcorn for our evening food. I wouldn't serve that to guests for dinner...but the family thinks its a treat!

If I make ahead a seperate meal, I just follow the same guidelines as I do for earlier meal.

In the winter time, when the sun goes down at 5, I may turn the oven on at six to make something...but I don't do that in the longer months. (I can't imagine living in Alaska...when the sun just doesn't do down! That would have to be a whole different way of doing things!!)

So that is the gist of how we manage our Shabbat meal planning. I hope it sparks some ideas and helps inspire you.

Simplicity is something I have to be deliberate about..otherwise I make it much more complicated than it needs to be!

The biggest key is preparing ahead. Planning your meals ahead in time to get your groceries and get them made, so that your work is done come sundown Friday. If i put things off unitl Friday, I get cranky and nothing seems to "go right". It is hard to keep the Shalom in the Home. :-) But when I am prepared, all the extra work on prep day is actyully a joyous occasion. The kids and I scurry about as we sing to worship music and prepare for our date with the King of Kings!


singing mama said...

Love all the meal ideas , thankyou!!! We are newbies on our Hebrew roots journey and we have only just begun to observe sabbat as YHVH commanded us to, in obedience and love for Him. So all these preparation ideas are a great help.
Shabbat shalom.
Luv Donna

Moira said...

This was so nice, when we first started keeping Sabbath I couldnt figure things out. I looked high and low for something like what you put together here to help, but I found nothing! I have a good routine now but it took years of trial and error! I will be forwarding people to your post for sure!!!!

CarmenV said...

This is so helpful Pamela, I know of one person who just contacted me for advice that will be blessed by this list. Thanks for Hosting Pamela!

Andi said...

Thank YOU for posting this - the links and ideas are really helpful and I will have get out my pen and paper - after Shabbat of course! :) Shalom!

LAURIE said...

Just beginning- Love the help! Thanks! Love in Yeshua!

MommySetFree said...

That is great! Here is another place you might like to visit.


It is a good friends blog who has lots of tips on preparing for Shabbat as well as great recipes!

Amanda said...

SHALOM! I found this post searching Google for ways to prepare for Shabbat because we've just started observing (like Donna, I'm very new to this!) and it has been knocking me OUT trying to get everything done on Friday! I am so very glad I did because I have a feeling I am really going to enjoy your blog! Can't wait to read more! :)

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful to find this! So much nicer than one article that suggested going out for coffee with friends! How is that observing the Sabbath? This will be a process and take a bit to be a habit, but I am so thankful and blessed, and I want to please YHVH.

With Love from Montana said...

Shalom. Love my Sabbath evening leftovers for lunch the next day. I make twice as much as we will eat, or more, and have it dished out in the serving bowls covered with foil in the warm oven until we light the candles. Then, just cover and refrigerate over night and make plates and microwave in the afternoon the next day.

MommySetFree said...

How creative!!

Mary Wallin said...

Thanks so much for your blog! I have found, also, that preparing in advance for Shabbat goes SO much smoother! Much more shalom in the kitchen and home! Excellent ideas and cooking tips! Be blessed in Yah!

Anonymous said...

This is a great article. We have kept Shabbat for a while now, but just got the understanding that we aren't to cook at all. Very used to heat up foods and things like that. Or make easy meals. So we are retraining ourselves. Also, just a side note, we found out that every single Chines place we went to eat at, used oyster sauce as a base in most all the dishes. Like beef and broccoli, chicken chowmien, lomein, etc. I was surprised but what I found out is its a staple in traditional Chines cooking like a rue would be for French cooking. Anyway. Thought I'd share that with you. Shalom, Lori