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Oil played an important role in the origin of Hanukkah, so meals during the eight-day holiday typically feature many fried foods to commemorate that history. If you’re looking for a lighter way to celebrate the Festival of Lights, try the following whole-food, plant-based tributes to some traditional favorites.

Green Bean and Potato Knishes

Though knishes’ exact origin is unknown, they’re believed to have originated between 400 and 600 years ago. Once you’ve tried these savory hand pies, it’s easy to see why they’ve stood the test of time.

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Chickpea and Baby Beet Salad

Beets aren’t just the main ingredient in borscht; the bright-red root vegetables are a key ingredient in many Ashkenazi dishes. In this easy salad, their earthy flavor grounds the tangy taste of quick-pickled red onions.

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Herbed Vegan Matzo Ball Soup

Though traditionally served during Passover, this hearty, savory soup can be enjoyed all year round.

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Potato-Corn Latkes

Potato pancakes, or latkes, are a favorite dish for Hanukkah and make for great cold-weather comfort food.

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Jelly Doughnut Holes

This recipe offers a healthy take on another traditional Hanukkah treat: Our sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), typically deep-fried, are baked here and filled with fruit-only preserves.

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I was really pleased to find a healthy version of these foods, thank you!

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Courtney Davison

Courtney Davison is Forks Over Knives’ managing editor. A writer and editor on a wide range of subjects, she co-wrote a nationally syndicated advice column from 2016 to 2018 and co-authored the 2018 book Ask Me Anything: A Year of Advice from Dear Annie. She is a longtime vegan and in her free time enjoys trying new recipes and spending quality time with her cats. Find her on LinkedIn.

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