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Monday, December 10, 2012

Healthy "Oatmeal Latkes" and a Chanukah Blog Party

On Chanukah many of us who do not go off of their food plans are still busy cooking "regular" food for the rest of their family.  In honor of this I joined the First ever Chanukah Blog party.    If you leave a comment on this or any of the other blogs listed below you will be entered into a contest to win a free Kosher Cook Book.  For more information see below under the recipe.

For those of us who stick to our food plan through thick and thin,  these "Latkes" really do the trick.  They are easy to make and taste "just like latkes".  Even my husband and my daughter tasted them and said that they couldn't believe how much they tasted like regular potato latkes.  The friend who gave me this recipe suggested several alternatives such as grinding dried dates into the mixture and omitting the spices, or use half egg whites and half farmer cheese.  She also told me that she enjoys adding in mashed cauliflower to the mixtures.  The possibilities are endless, the food is delicious, and very healthy.  Enjoy!

2 ounces of oatmeal
4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup of water
dash of pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika

1) Cook the oatmeal, water and spices in the microwave for six minutes (or in a pot until the oatmeal is soft and the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes).

2)  Preheat a nonstick pan and spray with Pam.

3) Mix the cooked oatmeal with the egg whites.  Drop small spoon fulls of the mixture onto the frying pan and cook until brown and crispy on both sides.

Welcome to our first ever Hanukkah Blog Party, hosted by Leah of Cook Kosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook. It's traditional on Hanukkah to eat fried treats, most notably donuts and latkes, and we've got a fabulous array of Hanukkah themed recipes, treats and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world! Scroll down for links to all of the delicious treats. 

To help get everyone into party mode, we have a bunch of fabulous new cookbooks to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of:

2 copies of Susie Fishbein's new Kosher By Design Cooking Coach (sponsored by Artscroll)
2 copies of Leah Schapira's  Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking (sponsored by Artscroll) 
2 copies of Esther Deutch's CHIC Made Simple (sponsored by the author)

Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16th. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs for extra chances to win! 
Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.  Please make sure to include your email address in the comment, or email it to me separately at tioablog@gmail.com.  I need it in case you win a cookbook. :)

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post about what you plan to cook, and what you plan to eat this Chanukah.

Sorry, the contest is over.

This is the second of many fabulous Holiday Blog Parties. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to participate in future parties, please emailholidayblogparties@gmail.com

Stop by the other blogs and check out these Chanukah Themed Recipes:

Jamie from Joy of Kosher made Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki
Daniel from Peikes Cookbook made Potato and Fennel Latkes Fried in Duck Fat With Chinese Five Spice Apple Sauce
Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Squash and Potato Latkes
Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
Nechamah from TIforOA Food Ideas made Healthy Oatmeal Latkes
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Traditional Potato Latkes
Yosef from This American Bite made Latkes & Brisket on Rye
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food made (I Can't Believe They're Crispy!) Baked Latkes
Laura from Mother Would Know made Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
Sarah from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends made Kimchee Latkes
Shulie from Food Wanderings made Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes

Donuts and Desserts: 
Miriam from Overtime Cook made Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling
Leah from Cook Kosher made 5 Minute Donuts
Estee from The Kosher Scoop made Tropical Fruit Fritters
Melinda from Kitchen-Tested made Sweet Steamed Buns
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Homemade Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Gelt
Avidan from Baking It Up As I Go Along made Orange Olive Oil Cake
Tali from More Quiche Please made Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
Amital from Organized Jewish Home made Mom's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Princess Lea from The Frumanista made Túrógombóc
Stephanie and Jessica from The Kosher Foodies made Beignets
Gigi from Gigi's Kitchen made Bunuelos: Mini Powdered Cheese Donuts 
Esther from Esther O Designs made Edible Menorahs
Patti from No Bacon Here made Hanukkah Oreo Balls
Shoshana from Couldn't Be Parve made Churros con Chocolate
Shaindy from My Happily Hectic Life made Inside Out Apple Crisp
Eve from Gluten Free Nosh made Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
The Gluten Free maven made Gluten Free Vegan Cake Donuts
Amy from Baking and Mistaking made Mini Cream-Filled French Beignets
Sarah from Food, Words, Photos made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Victoria from Itsy Bitsy Balebusta made Pure Vanilla Donuts
Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe made Dulce de Leche and Eggnog cream filled mini sufganiot
Dena from Oh You Cook made Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
Michele from Kosher Treif Cooking made Tiramisu Cheessecake
Sharon from FashionIsha made Sparkly Chanukah Cookies

Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food:
Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce
Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini
G6 from Guess Who's Coming 2 Dinner made Sweet Potato Leek Soup
Claire from I Love Soup made Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
Jennifer from Juanita's Cocina made Kugel
Liz from Kosher Like Me made Ready, Stuff Roll!
Shelley from The Kosher Home made Hanukkah Crafts and Printables


  1. I am cooking the standard latkas but hopefully with all these beautiful recipes I will be more creative

  2. Certainly makes sense from a flavor point of view. I wonder about the texture tho. I think I'll be making these this week!

  3. A new take on a traditional dish I will have to try for sure!

  4. I plan to make and eat latkes and donuts!

  5. what a great and interesting idea! thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  6. I'll be cooking and eating lots of latkes this year. I hope to make donuts too.

  7. My Sweet Potato Leek Soup, of course ;)

  8. I'll be baking too many cookies! :) Probably won't be eating many of them though!

    Thanks for joining!

  9. I'd love to try these! (and enjoy some chocolate gelt too)

  10. Is it legitimate to just skip the food and spend the entire evening pigging out on chocolate coins? ;-)

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  11. I already ate latkes and donuts! I love the idea of these "latkes"!

  12. I'm thrilled to have discovered your blog. I need ideas to help me eat more healthfully, with the aim of losing (and keeping off) a lot of weight. I can't wait to try your recipe-- but it will probably be post-Chanukah.
    So far this Chanukah, I’ve made potato latkes and sufganiot, and the smell of fried food is permeating in our apartment. Aside from opening all the windows while frying, any other ideas to clear the air, lest the odor/aroma will linger long after Chanukah is gone… when I’ll need to start my diet!