lenten chili with guacamole

lenten chili with guacamole

 This lenten vegetarian chili with guacamole is an easy weeknight favorite and if you end up with leftovers – it tastes even better the day after! Chili can spark great debates about how it should be eaten.  Whether you like yours on it’s own or with rice, is up to you.  During Lent, we always serve our chili over brown rice.  The reason is a little nutrition combined with traditional know how that amounts to a complete protein on...

Read More

panang curry Lenten soup

panang curry Lenten soup

A very good tip for the fast, that we discovered some years back, is to make meals that were meant to be vegetarian or vegan in the first place.  We wanted to embrace the fast with joy, as we are taught… but each fake hamburger, or look a-like taco made us just wish we were eating meat. My first visit to an Orthodox monastery was five or six years ago and it was during Great Lent.  The food on their table was simple and great.  The meals...

Read More

lenten winter curry squash soup

lenten winter curry squash soup

This lenten curry squash soup is born out of several squashes from our CSA box that have just been sitting on the kitchen counter.  You really can use any winter squash variety.  We used a sugar pumpkin, butternut and acorn squash – so this is more of a triple squash soup. Use whatever winter squash you have on hand, or that you can find in the market.  Kabocha squash would be great in this spiced squash soup too. A note about the curry...

Read More

minestrone soup

minestrone soup

This is another great Lenten recipe, relatively simple and easy to prepare.  Everyone likes it, and in a family of five, that’s a good thing!  This is such a simple soup, most of it’s flavors derived from the spices.  Usually we make a big batch of northern beans ahead of time and take out what we need during the week. Vegetable Minestrone Soup Ingredients 3 carrots, chopped 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 zucchini...

Read More

mushroom leek soup

mushroom leek soup

During Great Lent we eat almost 40 days of soup.  Mostly, this is because it’s simpler to prepare our foods in this way. This mushroom leek soup is one of my favorites – a hearty mushroom soup, made with just a few ingredients.  This is easy and nourishing and has many variations. Mushroom Leek Soup serves two as a main course, with a nice big salad! Ingredients 10 ounces of your favorite mushrooms (we just get the assorted pack...

Read More

fish broth

fish broth

“The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it does great things. But where it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.” —Saint Gregory the Great   This is a simple fish broth and it’s also a very inexpensive one too.   In fact, fish broth can be the least expensive for you to make.  Just make a call to your local fish monger or supermarket and ask them to put aside any carcasses for you from the day.  Chances are they’ll...

Read More