Lenten sesame truffles

Lenten sesame truffles

Everyone likes a snack, and these nutty truffles are a delicious treat to keep on hand during Lent and really any time of the year.  These sesame butter truffles are low in sugar, taste great and also a nice project for the kids. Over the years we have really tried to cut down our sugar.  When I began studying holistic nutrition and learning about just how depleting sugar is to our bodies I felt compelled as a mom to put that into action in my...

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Lenten red lentil dahl

Lenten red lentil dahl

  This is one of my favorite recipes, both during Lent and throughout the year.  It is simple to make, tastes great and everyone loves it.  Serve the red lentil dahl over brown rice, with some warmed whole wheat naan,  and you have an easy weeknight meal that only tastes better as a leftover. Ginger is a spice which is very healthy for the stomach, and it has a peppery bite to it.  Try to use fresh ginger and grate it with a microplane grater...

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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...

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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...

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homemade hummus

homemade hummus

No matter how many different varieties of hummus there are on the market, your own will taste better than all of them.  People always ask for this hummus recipe, so it’s written down here for all.   This is a basic recipe, and you can make it your own by adding roasted red peppers, ground olives, roasted eggplant or caramelized onions.  This is a garlicky recipe.  You can reduce the amount of garlic to your taste. Ingredients 2 cups...

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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...

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