For Hanukkah, it’s traditional to serve up LOTS of fried foods for any holiday meal or get together. Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), latkes (potato pancakes), and anything else fried in oil are all Hanukkah staples. But try out a few of my tasty alternatives to some traditional Hanukkah favorites and keep yourself (and your heart) from suffering fatty oil overload!

Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken

Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe – 5 Points

If you are all turkey-ed out after the Thanksgiving Day feast, then today’s recipe is for you! I put together this Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe as a tasty and festive alternative to turkey for holiday dinners. Truthfully, I’m not a big fan of turkey. And neither is most of my family. But we serve it every year because…well…tradition.

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken

Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken Recipe – 1-6 Points

If you haven’t heard of the Instant Pot recipes craze, then you came to the right place today! Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. And it’s kind of amazing.

Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup

Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up with this tasty Weight Watchers Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup Recipe that’s packed with fiber to help you feel full, and Vitamin C to help ward off those seasonal viruses. The flavors of this vegan soup recipe are bright and fresh, and are the perfect anecdote to the winter blues

Green Olive and Apricot Chicken

Green Olive and Apricot Chicken Recipe – 7 Smart Points

Heaven on a dish, this delightfully easy chicken recipe packs a tremendous flavor punch. The sweet and salty flavors of the olives and apricots are a dream, and the bit of caramelization from the chicken just makes this meal melt in your mouth. If you aren’t a fan of apricots, this dish would work well with dried prunes or figs too.

Crock Pot Lemon Rosemary Whole Chicken Recipe

Crock Pot Lemon Rosemary Whole Chicken Recipe – 3-6 Points +

Ever since I first tried cooking a whole chicken in my slow cooker, I’ve been hooked. It gives me the most delicious, most juicy and moist chicken ever, hands down. They key is to stick it under the broiler for a bit before slow cooking it. This locks in the meat’s natural juices, and helps deliver an absolutely decadent meal. However, if you prefer a more crispy skinned exterior, simply do the broiling process after the chicken is slow cooked.

Parmesan Lemon Smashed Potatoes

Parmesan Lemon Smashed Potatoes Recipe – 5 Points +

Try this new bright and fresh spin on roasted potatoes – it’s a Parmesan Lemon Smashed Potatoes Recipe that is so delicious and yet so easy. Plus it looks incredible and would make a lovely addition to the holiday dinner table. The energy of the lemon zest adds a beautiful and fragrant sunny taste to the potatoes, while the garlic and Parmesan accent the earthy flavors

Braised Brisket with Root Vegetables

Braised Brisket with Root Vegetables – 8 Points +

photo credit: cybele pascal Braised Brisket has always been a traditional Hanukkah recipe, so it’s certainly something I plan on making each year. Brisket is notoriously a fatty meat, but I’ve altered the traditional Braised Brisket recipe to make it a lot leaner and healthier. The key step is getting the flat, first-cut section of the meat. It’s a great way to trim a good bit of fat and calories without sacrificing the flavor. Serve this juicy braised brisket with some deliciously tender root vegetables and the white wine and mustard based sauce, and you’ve got yourself one divine, low calorie Hanukkah dinner! Enjoy.

Zucchini Potato Latkes

Potato and Zucchini Latkes Recipe – 5 Points +

This Hanukkah, instead of preparing the usual greasy and oily latkes, try this Potato and Zucchini Latke Recipe! You get 3 latkes with a side of tzatziki sauce for just 5 Points +. The best thing though, is that these latkes are SO incredibly delicious! And I truly think they are even better than traditional, all potato latkes.

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