This blog was founded on a belief in God: that everything we have and experience are gifts from Him, and that He entrusts them to us as a responsibility. As a wife and mother, I am responsible for my family’s health, our budget, the good of the earth, and the time I’m given.
It’s not always easy to keep everything in balance…and thus the philosophy of Kitchen Stewardship was born.
The four pillars of Kitchen Stewardship are: good nutrition, care for the environment, being frugal/fiscally responsible and using one’s time in the kitchen wisely. I strongly believe that what I do in the kitchen is one way that I answer God’s call to a vocation as a mother.
Lent is a very serious time for me, as every single year, I need it desperately. The Church in her wisdom offers us this opportunity, once a year, to step back and examine our weaknesses, to find the places in our lives where we need improvement to become the person God has created us to be. God calls us closer in Lent, as long as we’re listening.
This year especially has been a tumultuous one, with being uprooted from our home, invading my in-laws’ home, expanding our family, finally finding a new home, and then figuring out how to live on our own again and become comfortable in a new community.
I need Lent.
But more than usual.
I need to re-focus, get back on track, and make sure I’m open enough, that my life can become quiet enough, to hear the small still voice of the Lord.
I don’t really have anything new to say this year, but I hope that you will join me in discerning what God wants you to do in the areas of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to draw closer to Him this season.
The Lent Stuff
Kitchen Stewardship, amazingly, has been around through three Lents now. Here’s what we’ve shared in the past:
- Can You Decorate for Lent?
- On Lenten Sacrifices
- No Sugar for Lent
- Entering Holy Week
- Prepare for Lent
- 2010 “What are you Doing for Lent?” Carnival
- Celebrating Lent with Children
- To Solemnity or not to Solemnity?
- Prayer Ideas for Lent and Beyond
- How Will You Set Holy Week Apart?
- How to Keep Up on Daily Prayer
- Are You Ready for Lent?
- I Don’t Believe in Giving Up Pizza For Lent
- How Did we Do on the Lenten No Grains/No Gluten Challenge?
- On Sacrifice and Suffering
And of course, some meatless meals for Lent to inspire your Fridays:
- Chickpea Wraps
- Cream of Vegetable Soup (w/instructions on how to make a roux, bechamel) (basic recipe)
- Salmon Patties (basic recipe)
- Tuscan Bean Soup
- Veggie Bean Burritos (basic recipe)
- Three Bean Soup
- Hearty Lentil Stew (we eat this every Ash Wednesday and freeze the rest for Good Friday)
- Potato Pancakes (Latke)
- Black Bean Soup
- Southwestern Pot Pie
- Mexican Black Bean Burgers
- Slow Cooker Lentil Brown Rice Casserole
- Pasta with White (Bean) Sauce
- Crockpot Curried Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup
- St. Peter’s Spicy Fish Seasoning – the only way we eat fish in our house!
In honor of Lent, tithing by eating less or spending less on food, and the meatless Fridays, I’m happy to offer a discount on The Everything Beans Book…it’ll be a lightning sale on Fat Tuesday, so watch for it only for 24 hours!
Something New to Try
I don’t have a lot of “new food” goals at all lately, and especially for Lent since I’ll be forgoing refined sugars, grains for half and gluten for half, artificial food coloring (more on that tomorrow), and probably some other stuff…
…but I do want to make this vegetable bouillon that stays in the fridge for a really long time and homemade hummus – isn’t it funny that as much as I love beans and using dried beans, I’ve never tried hummus?!
May God bless your preparations for this holy season!
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