Orthodox Lenten Recipes And Meal Ideas

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As of writing this blog post, this Lent is my family’s 3rd major Fast as Orthodox Christians. Going all vegan for longer periods of time is new to us.

This compilation of Orthodox Lenten recipes is for me, as well as other families who may need it. Knowing what to cook will save you time, and shift your focus to prayer and alms-giving instead.
 
I’ve also added dessert and baking ideas that are Fast friendly. The ability to live a complete life without meat still amazes me!
It matters to me because my daughter’s birthday falls on one of the Church’s major Fasts.
It is comforting to know that we have fast-friendly cakes and desserts to fall back on.


Orthodox Lenten Recipes For Dinner

One of the things that I enjoy about Lenten recipes is how we take food from the soil, and turn it into something sophisticated, or simple,  as the need arises.  It becomes a reminder to my family and myself that God has already gifted us with all that we need.  It is what we do with it that matters. Some of these Fasting recipes do come out fancy enough to entertain guests.
Orthodox Lenten Recipes
With the right meal preparation, these should provide dinner for 7 days (at least) of the week, not forgetting that they are suitable for any of the Church’s Fasting days too (e.g Wednesdays and Fridays):
  1. Jacket potato and baked beans – I’m glad I found this simple Fasting and vegan meal idea. You’d think that it would be the first one to come to mind during the Fasts. If you are used to adding butter on your jacket potato, a spoon of avocado should work just fine.
  2. Fried rice with chickpeas – all it takes to prepare a vegan fried rice is (a) cooked rice (spiced with curry powder and vegetable stock), (b) chopped yellow onions, red, and green peppers, (c) some oil (if you do take it during Lent), (d) salt and pepper to taste (e) chickpeas or frozen peas. Cook the peas with the rice.  Saute the onions, and bell peppers, and slowly add the cooked rice while stir-frying.  Once done, your meal is ready!
  3. Easy spinach pesto pasta – This one can be a winner if you have picky eaters.  Kids love pasta!
  4. Hummus and avocado toast – whether you make your own hummus or buy a store-bought version, this sandwich toast can work just fine as dinner, especially on days when you attend evening liturgies.
  5. Portobello fajita – this Lenten recipe is not as complicated as it sounds (lol). Its main ingredients are the mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and seasoning. It is easy to simplify this recipe.
  6. Vegetable curry – you can serve this with sweet potato or rice.  The cool thing about curries is that they can be frozen.  Cook it in bulk and store it.
  7. Broccoli & sweet corn stir-fry – I’ve made this simple meal several times. I always throw in some chickpeas in order to up my protein intake. It only has 3 main ingredients.
  8. Creamy vegan cauli-mash – I make this all the time to get my picky eater of a daughter to down some veggies.  Mashed cauliflower is also a nice sub for potatoes (think of those Thanksgiving dinners during the most inconvenient times (l.o.l).
  9. Broccoli slaw salad – easy to make, you can also make a pasta meal out of it.
  10. Spicy cauli-rice – this my lazy Saturdays’ meal. Grate your cauliflower, some carrots, add chickpeas, and fry away.
  11. Instant pot mushroom stew – this was an accidental creation on my side, but it came out quite delicious!

Now that I’ve shared the Orthodox Lenten recipes for dinner, let me move on to dessert recipes. My husband does not Fast with us (he is yet to convert) so I prefer to keep the custom of Sunday dessert on the table.  He does not mind though to adjust his diet in order to accommodate.

 

Orthodox Lenten Dessert Recipes

Orthodox Lenten Dessert Recipes

 

I know that we are to keep  things simple during this time of the year, but like I said – some of us still need to consider some family members when we plan the meals. These Lenten friendly desserts do not use much exotic ingredients, making them to fall on the frugal side of the scale:
  1. Vegan chocolate wacky cake – this cake does not use egg replacements or any other exotic ingredients.  It is a popular recipe as well, but I’ve never taken the time to make it myself (although my niece once baked it for me). Our Presybtera did bring something similar last Sunday (for the Agape meal).
  2. Vegan mango mousse – I love 3-ingredient recipes.  This dessert only uses mango, coconut cream, and syrup.
  3. Strawberry & Banana “Ice Cream” – I make this dessert all the time. It comes out just fine with only frozen strawberries and banana. Sometimes I do add coconut cream (I’ve never used the coconut milk powder that the original recipe calls for. It’s one of my go to Orthodox Lenten dessert recipes.
  4. Vegan raspberry cheesecake bars – a bit nuanced, but can work for those who do not mind experimenting in the kitchen.
These Lenten dessert recipes can work well also for family gatherings. I do not like breaking a Fast as I struggle to get back into it. These desserts would help me to participate in gatherings, without drawing attention to my fasting discipline.

Lenten soup recipes

Vegan soups feature a lot in my home during the Fasts. They are easy to make, and a perfect way to hide those veggies from one’s kids (believe me, even the teenagers tend to eschew vegetables).  It’s also my intention to depend on natural foods as much as possible during Lent and other Fasts. This section of the post will feature Lenten soup recipes that are simple, and not expensive to make.  The list will grow as I discover, and even try more.
Lenten soup recipes
  1. Vegan mushroom soup – this recipe uses onions, potatoes, and mushrooms as the main ingredients. You can use almond, or coconut milk (cream) to create the creamy texture.
  2. Roasted butternut squash soup – the simplest butternut Lenten soup I can find at this point. Don’t be intimidated by the longer list of ingredients, most of it is just seasonings and spices.  I’ve cooked similar soups with as little as salt and pepper, and vegetable stock for spices.
  3. Vegetable and dumpling soup – I classify dumplings under comfort food. This can make the Fasts doable during the winter months.
  4. Wild rice soup – my first rice soup recipe happened by accident.  I had realized that I didn’t have enough of anything to whip up a quick vegan (Fasting) meal. This is a filling meal on its own.
I hope these Orthodox Lenten recipes and meal ideas will be of help to you and your loved ones. Feel free to share or pin to bookmark them.  I will add more to this page as I discover more.  I’m hoping to create a  resource out of this page.


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