crunchy bean salad

crunchy bean salad

“Water falls from heaven as rain, and while it is always the same in itself, it produces many different effects, one in the palm tree, another in the vine, and so on, throughout the whole of creation. It does not descend, now as one thing, now as another, but while remaining essentially the same, it adapts to the needs of every creature that receives it. In the same way the Holy Spirit, whose nature is always the same, simple and...

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lenten spring asparagus

lenten spring asparagus

This super yummy Lenten Spring Asparagus pairs well as a side dish with any lenten meal.  If you want, you can substitute it as your salad, because it can be served warm or cold. A crunchy veggie dish like this is also great for those nights when you have everything tapas style…. little bowls of lots of leftovers or dips and sauces and breads. Lenten Spring Asparagus Ingredients 1 pound fresh asparagus 1 teaspoon lemon zest (organic lemon...

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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...

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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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