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Shabbat in Under an Hour

Updated: Nov 1

With the Shabbat Project a little different this year, we are excited to share a solution to the biggest hurdles to cooking for Shabbat "I don't want to spend all day in the kitchen" and "What should I make?"


With Shalom Fresh, we do the meal planning and shopping for you. You just order, pick up the ingredients and follow our step-by-step instructions below. Too complete your Shabbat meals, check out our Challah Baking and Dessert posts. You can order a challah box with all the ingredients you'll need as part of the Shabbat Project registration.


Before we start let's plan ahead. Make sure you have all the materials and ingredients on-hand before you pick up your Shalom Fresh order and then lay everything you"ll need out within arms reach before getting started.

You will receive the following with your Shalom Fresh Order (If you are purchasing your own ingredients this is what you"ll need):
  • Baby Zucchini (Pre- Cut And Washed)

  • Red Wine Vinegar

  • Barley

  • Bell Peppers

  • Brown Sugar

  • Butternut Squash (Pre- Cut And Washed)

  • Carrots

  • Cherry Tomatoes

  • Chicken 8 Pc Cut Up

  • Chocolate Babka

  • Chocolate Chips (Non Dairy)

  • Chopsticks

  • Duck Sauce

  • Dunken Heins Browny Mix

  • Eggs

  • Fingerling Potatoes

  • Fresh Dill

  • Ground Mustard

  • Ice Cream (Parve)

  • Israeli Couscous (21.16 Oz)

  • Italian Seasoning

  • Ketchup

  • Leek

  • Maple Syrup

  • Matza Ball Mix

  • Mushrooms

  • Olive Oil

  • Onion

  • Parsnip

  • Pastrami

  • Petite Carrots (Pre- Cut And Washed)

  • Potatoes

  • Romain Lettuce (Washed And Checked)

  • Salad Dressing

  • Salami

  • Smoked Turkey

  • Soy Sauce

  • Stew Meat

  • Turkey Pastrami

  • Whole Roaster Chicken

  • Zucchini

You will need the following (not included):
  • Black Pepper

  • Cutting Board

  • Frying Pan

  • Knives

  • Large pot (for soup)

  • Medium Pot (for Couscous)

  • Roasting Pans or Foil Pans (4 or 5)

  • Salt

  • Slow cooker (for cholent). You can also use a foil pan if you don't have one and bake in the oven at 350°F until cooked and then leave it in a 250° - 275° F oven overnight.

The following optional ingredients are not necessary (or included) but will elevate your menu:
  • Bourbon

  • Chicken Broth (for couscous)

  • Chopped Garlic

  • Crushed Red Pepper

  • Kosher Salt

  • Rosemary

  • Sautéed Mushrooms (for couscous)

  • Sautéed Onions (for couscous)

  • Thyme

  • Umami Seasoning


Friday Night Dinner Menu:


Matzah Ball Soup Balsamic Maple Chicken Medley of Roasted Vegetables Italian Fingerling Potatoes Israeli Couscous Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Pie​ or Chocolate Brownies & Ice Cream


Saturday Lunch


Cholent Charcuteri Board Including:

Hassleback Salami Smokey Turkey Breast Turkey Pastrami Pastrami

Fresh Green Salad Traditional Chocolate Babka


Now that we have our menu and all of our supplies and ingredients we are ready to start cooking. If you are making Challah, I would recommend starting with that first so that you can cook while your dough is rising.


If you are planning on cooking on Friday, I would recommend at least doing the soup (you can skip to 20:22 on the video) on Thursday night to let it simmer overnight. The longer it cooks the richer and more delicious it will be and the more your home will be filled with the amazing aroma of fresh chicken soup.


Let's get started. You can download the recipes here or see them all below. You will receive printed cards with your Shalom Fresh Order.


Watch the video below for step by step instructions, the order is the crucial piece in getting everything done in no time at all. To be completely honest, it actually took 37 minutes of active prep time (not including dessert which will be a separate post.) The chicken does need more time in the oven.



For some inspiration on setting up your charcuterie board for Shabbat lunch see here and here. .


Don't forget dessert. You can use the brownie mix to just make brownies or you can transform it into an amazing ice cream pie using the tutorial here.


Lastly download this reheating guide or recipe cards below:





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