It’s Friday! Time for one of our favorite things … food! A few weeks ago, Lauren decided to host our family for Shabbat dinner (a traditional Jewish Friday night meal). As she prepared her menu, she kept many key “ingredients” in mind. It is always important to know your guests preferences and whether or not they have any dietary restrictions. She knew when she settled upon the final menu that it included something that everyone at the table could enjoy (from the vegetarian, to the one who keeps Kosher, to the picky eaters). Here are the details from this delicious meal:

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First, Lauren began by setting her “Shabbat table”. Each item on the table is symbolic and significant; the white tablecloths represent the purity of this special day and saying the prayers over the challah and the grape juice is the traditional way to start the meal. She even included the two simple candlesticks brought home from a family member’s trip to Israel to set the tone for the night.

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Moroccan salads made our father (who was born in Morocco) feel at home.

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A not-so-standard green salad includes grape tomatoes, beets, avocado, and parsley.

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Tami used this recipe for Gwenyth Paltrow’s salmon with sriracha and lime in our previous post, T Side / L Side: Sriracha Recipes. She enjoyed it so much, she suggested that Lauren include it in her Shabbat meal and then made it with her Side by Side.

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This Brussels sprouts and potatoes side dish was delicious! We used this recipe

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A crock pot is a great tool for preparing your meal early in the day as you can let it sit until you are ready to eat. This chicken recipe was definitely really good as well!

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Basmati rice was the perfect finishing touch. Here is the recipe I used.

As always, we truly enjoyed our time spent with family and the opportunity to entertain in one of our homes. We love the tradition of celebrating Shabbat with a family dinner every week, and this was a great place to start. It is for sure a goal of ours to prepare this type of meal every Friday night. What kind of traditions do you have in your home? Have a great weekend from Side by Side Design.

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