Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Here’s one more set of Lenten meals on the go during this season.  After this post, I’m going to focus on some of the traditional foods for Pascha – egg dyeing, bread, etc. These are simple meals I made for my family to eat on the way to or from church during last week.  Trust me, at 6 months pregnant, I did not spend a lot of time putting these together. These are quick and easy meals to prevent us from stopping at fast food on the way home from church.  I put the containers in a big bag with a fork, napkin, and juice box for each person – and there you have a Lenten meal in the car when everyone is hungry.   In this meal: Pretzels (regular or gluten free) Almond Butter Peas Strawberries In this meal: Quick Vegetable Biryani Tomato & Cucumber Salad Blackberries Quick Vegetable Biryani: 1 box “A Taste of Thai Yellow Curry Rice” prepared per directions on the box.  If you don’t like spicy foods, just use little to none of the little red spice packet when preparing the rice. Saute 1 chopped zucchini, 1 chopped carrot, and 2 cloves of garlic in 1 tsp of olive oil Heat up half a bag of frozen peas Then mix vegetables and rice together In this meal: Pasta & Masala Marinara (“Dave’s Gourmet” brand pasta sauce – If you like Indian food, this is a seriously yummy pasta sauce!!!  It’s not spicy at all for kids either.) Fruit medley – pears, orange, and plums Corn In this meal:  (This is the gluten free, pregnant...
Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

These fasting meals were inspired by the school lunch, the grown-up work lunch, and the meals eaten in the car going to or from weeknight Lenten services.  They are meant as inspiration or to copy for all those needing a Lenten meal on the go.         Contents of this meal: Bean burrito: vegetarian refried beans, onions, bell pepper, guacamole, tomatoes, and salsa Dried apricots Applesauce Roasted pepita seeds Contents of this meal: Black bean & veggie sandwich Apple Chips Salsa Contents of this meal: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich Broccoli Orange Olives Dried figs Contents of this meal: Pita bread Pistachios Carrots Peanut butter Applesauce Contents of this meal: Chips Lenten Chili Cashews Raisins Contents of this meal: Chips Salsa Guacamole Dates covered with coconut Dried cranberries Contents of this meal: Peanut butter & jelly on rice cakes Banana Pickles Salad Salad dressing Contents of this meal: Pita bread Hummus Cucumbers, carrots, and peppers for dipping Dolmas Dal Greek salad – cucumbers, tomatoes, and...
Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

These are eight examples of meals I’ve made using the legume and grain staples in my pantry.  I decided to label this selection of food legumes and grains to provide the widest definition for these staples.  Wikipedia defines legumes as – “Well-known legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupins, mesquite, carob, soybeans, and peanuts.”   This is a huge group of staples to choose from so select your family’s favorites and see how many combinations you can come up with during Lent. Taco Soup 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 can tomato sauce 3 – 4 tbs Cumin 2 – 3 tbs Smoked paprika Salt and pepper 1 vegan bouillon cube 1 small bag of frozen corn Mix all ingredients in pot and simmer until warm.  Pour over corn chips and top with guacamole and salsa. Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas  Large handful fresh cilantro, chopped 3 ears of corn, sliced from the cob or 1 bag frozen corn 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 capful cumin 1 capful smoked paprika Salt and pepper 10 tortillas (regular or gluten free) 1 large can of enchilada sauce Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together except the tortillas and enchilada sauce in a bowl. Scoop a hearty spoonful of mixture into a tortilla and then roll and place in a casserole pan.  When all the tortillas have been filled, pour the enchilada sauce over the top and place the pan in the oven.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes.   Lemony Rice Soup...
Lenten Staples: Vegetables

Lenten Staples: Vegetables

How do you create a fasting meal using the items you already have in your home?  With a few Lenten staples, the possibilities are limitless. Below you will find 8 examples of meals I made using the vegetables I had available in my kitchen.  I have some basic recipes either in my head or in my favorite cookbooks that I refer to when making these meals.  If I don’t have every ingredient for the recipe, I’ll tweak it and either leave out a vegetable or substitute a different one into the meal.  You can rotate through some of your favorite meals this way and still feel like you’re eating something new each time. Lenten Meal-on-the-Go  I make my own homemade versions of Lunchables using the Ziploc containers.  Many years ago, when my boys went for birthparent visits with their mom, she would almost always bring them a Lunchable.  All three of my boys have a dairy sensitivity so I have never bought Lunchables for them (let alone the cost and the quality of food in the container) – but…even all these years later, they get excited when I pack their lunch or dinner in these containers when we’re eating away from home. I think they’re great during Lent when we have a long drive to church in the evenings and they can eat them on the way on Mondays and Fridays and then on the way home on Wednesdays. This particular meal-on-the-go has pita, carrots, cucumber, broccoli, hummus, and nut & seed mix. Bean & Veggie Sandwich This was an experiment I created a couple of weeks ago –...
Chopped: My Version of Lenten Meal Planning

Chopped: My Version of Lenten Meal Planning

Once again, Sylvia and I are on the same wave length.  While her approach to meal planning during Lent looks absolutely fantastic, I take a slightly different approach.  I’ve never met her in person (talked to her via the webinar practice session and would LOVE to meet her in person some day!), but I have drawn the conclusion from her blog that she’s a logical-sequential learner especially from her well thought out menu planning.  I, on the other hand, am a visual-spatial learner.  I think in pictures – especially when it comes to cooking.  (In my opinion, Pinterest is the greatest thing ever invented for visual-spatial learners!)  I’m going to be going into learning styles a bit more in future posts because it directly affects how we learn best – thus how we function in daily life and educate ourselves and our children – but for now, I’ll summarize and move on. So…if you regularly meal plan for the week (or further ahead) before you go to the grocery store and then buy what you need for making those meals, then you’re probably a logical-sequential learner and you’ll do best with Sylvia’s approach to meal planning for Lent.  (I highly recommend you go read her post – it’s impressive!) If you go to the grocery store and pick up your normal staples (things you use all the time when cooking) and a few things that catch your eye along the way and then make what sounds good to you that night (or create something from the items you have available in your kitchen), then you’re probably a visual-spatial learner...