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Pre Yom Kippur Fast Dinner

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I am starting to think about the High Holidays and really struggle every year with what to make before the fast on Yom Kippur. Additionally, my 16 year-old son is picky. Any easy ideas/recipes would be most appreciated as it is always a hectic day.

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  1. this will probably get moved to home cooking but a great no salt chicken dish - honey lemon garlic chicken - it is my traditional pre fast dinner

    you will need:

    1 cut up chicken
    sweet paprika
    juice of 2 lemons
    6-8 cloves of garlic crushed (more if you wish)
    1/2-3/4 cup of honey
    1/4 cup vegetable oil

    Preheat oven to 350
    clean the chicken leaving the skins on
    brush with vegetable oil and sprinkle on paprika
    place in oven for 25 minutes
    in a seperate bowl combine garlic, lemon juice honey and enough water to make 1-1 1/2 cups of liquid - stir

    after chicken has cooked for 25 minutes pour honey/lemon/garlic mixture over and return chicken to the oven and cook until done another - 20-25 minutes

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    1. re: weinstein5

      doesn't garlic make one thirsty? not the best way to start a fast

      1. re: weinstein5

        I agree with the others, this dish would make me thirsty. Frankly, most chicken (it's salty, usually, and the garlic doesn't help) makes me thirsty. At our place I usuallly make a very simple pasta with something simple on the side, like roasted vegetables.

      2. Garlic can make you thirsty and of course isn't great on your breath. I always take a few mint-asures right before the fast to battle bad breath.

        1. Your best bet is boiled chicken from a hearty chicken soup. It's fast and simple and can be enjoyed with a little ketchup on the side. I make it a day or two befor the fast so that there is time to skim the fat off of the soup. I use lots of herbs, instead of salt or seasoning, for flavor. I wouldn't make any flavored roasted chicken dishes. They are bound to make anyone thirsty. Pasta is always a good,filling side dish.

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          1. re: beepbeep123

            Thanks. Boiled chicken, soup and challah is is what we have had for years and I guess I'm board with it. Do you think having sushi without the soya sauce and wasabi is ridiculous? It is basically carbs (rice) and protein (tuna or salmon)?

          2. The fish in sushi is loaded with sodium. Soy sauce is hardly the offender there.

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            1. re: DeisCane

              look at the ingredient list of a bottle of soy sauce and see it's sodium content. hardly an offender?

            2. Why not roast a turkey, there are wonderful ways to infuse the bird with fresh herbs, and then stuff with a challah based bread stuffing with fresh vegetables. A side dish could be vietnamese long beans which are everywhere at the farmers markets these days.

              1. Sorry, I forgot the word, "only" before "offender"!

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                1. re: DeisCane

                  I forgive you ;-)