Lenten Resources: Inspiration, Challenges, and Meatless Real Food Meals

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With less computer time for Lent, a round-up post of past Lenten resources seems like the prudent choice for a post today. If you missed my Mary and Martha Moment earlier this week called "Does Satan Hate Bread?" you might want to check that out as well.

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Here are some of the Lenten gems from the archives at KS to get you thinking:

How about it, ladies and gents: what are you contemplating for Lent this year? How will you stretch and challenge yourself?

I always told my third graders to choose three things to do, one in each category of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, the tradition set by the Church.

Fasting does not have to be from food; it can be to sacrifice anything (like complaining) or abstain from non-food vices (like when I gave up Twitter last year). The point is to develop and sustain your self-control, however God wants you to practice it.

One of the shortest posts I’ve ever written: I Don’t Believe in Giving up Pizza for Lent

Almsgiving also does not have to be monetary. Any sort of service for the Lord is giving alms, as long as it’s done out of love for Him. You might look into a new volunteer opportunity, or simply commit to spending special time with each of your children.

Meatless Meals

meatless meal recipes for Lent Chickpea Wraps – a great recipe to get beans into people who might not love beans. cream of potato soupCream of Vegetable Soup with Salmon Patties – The best part about this meal? You can start it an hour before dinner, no thawing, no soaking involved! tuscan bean soup Tuscan Bean Soup – A super simple soup perfect for dipping grilled cheese. veggie bean burritos Veggie Bean Burritos – one of our favorite meatless meals; my husband *almost* doesn’t even miss the meat. three bean soup Three Bean Soup – Kid-friendly because all the beans are blended, another good choice for dipping grilled cheese. image Mexican Black Bean Burgers – my photo only looks okay; check out when Aimee made these from The Everything Beans Book! They’re not grain-free for sure, but for families other than ours, they’re a really fun Friday option. image Black Bean Soup – I can’t tell you how often I’ve been making this lately, probably because it doesn’t really call for any special ingredients and is easy to double. Serve with cornbread or tortilla chips. image Pasta with White (Bean) Sauce – this is the free download from The Everything Beans Book. It’s a nice pasta-based change to plain old meatless sauce and gets some protein in you on a Friday.

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Potato Pancakes – make them with shredded raw potatoes or leftover mashed potatoes; serve with scrambled eggs.

St. Peter’s Spicy Fish Seasoning – the only way we eat fish in our house! Use on wild salmon or any healthy fish.

Hearty Lentil Stew – with or without the slow cooker (this year without for us), this is always our Ash Wednesday/Good Friday meal. For grain-free, I cut the rice and added half again as much lentils, then some more veggies, and cut the water to between 3-4 cups. It all works out!

imageThe Everything Beans Book – About half of the 30 recipes are meatless, and about half are gluten-free, so there’s definitely something for everyone! The Everything Beans Book also includes 20 pages of information on why beans are good for you, how to cook dry beans without frustration and for maximum health benefits and budget savings, how to do it in bulk and store for quick meals later, and even how to deal with – shhhhh – (gas)!

If you haven’t grabbed your copy, what are you waiting for? No better time than Lent to fall in love with beans! Smile You can always find all my meatless meals under the Recipes tab at the top of the page, and click on the subtitle "Meatless Meals" for a complete list!

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11 Bites of Conversation So Far

  1. Melissa says

    Thanks for another awesome article! ^_^ When my husband and I were discussing what our plans for Lent would be this year, we discussed giving up meat until looked at our fridge and our menu and realized that we really don’t eat all that much meat anymore. One of the unexpected blessings of a super-tight budget apparently ^_^
    Finally, we decided that he would give up soda (something he’s struggled with for a LONG time), and that I would “give up” sleeping in. Now, to know what a sacrifice this is, you have to understand that I LOVE sleeping in. I would sleep for 12 hours a day if I thought I could get away with it. We don’t have any children, and I’m not working right now, so the temptation to just hit the snooze button and roll over has been overwhelming, especially in this last year or two. It may not be a traditional choice, but I assure you that it is most assuredly a sacrifice! ^_^

    • says

      I don’t think you’re silly, Melissa! I once gave up the snooze button for Lent, and it improved not only my time management but also my attitude toward my family and my awareness of my true thought patterns.

      Thanks for the Lenten roundup, Katie! Everyone should try those chickpea wraps–they’re delicious!! I have a lot of meatless recipes and multi-week menus on my site, too.

    • Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship says

      Me three! I call it “giving up the snooze button” too, just like Becca. HUGE sacrifice.
      :) Katie

  2. Rachel says

    Great post!!! I’m always struggling with meatless Friday meals…I am too through with Mac and cheese, cheese pizza and fish sticks :-)

  3. says

    I am using the Lenten season to simplify my life. I have a son in kindergarten, I am not sure what I should have him do for lent yet.

    • Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship says

      I think this is the first year our 7yo 2nd grader has given up anything, and we asked him what he wanted to do and gave examples including food and non-food ideas. (He chose sweets!!!) For a 5yo, I don’t know that I’d have him give anything up, as I think that’s a concept more for the age of reason and beyond, but maybe a special morning or evening prayer he could learn? Just one thought..
      :) Katie

  4. Sharon says

    I’m going without sugars made from corn, cane, and beets. Honey, maple syrup, and sorghum are still on, and I made some fantastic gingerbread with sorghum last night. It’s about paying attention really, and being thoughtful.

    And I’m so looking forward to the lifting of the fast on Sundays, and stopping by my neighborhood donut shop on the way home from church and enjoying a donut (or two).

  5. says

    I don’t think your meat idea is silly either! I personally am trying to give up sodas, more specially Dr. Pepper. Now that is silly! But I am more addicted to them or attached then a should be..

  6. Katie says

    When our children were small, we asked them to think of one thing each week they could do or give up – peanut butter, TV, color a picture to mail to a grandparent, extra morning prayer, etc. Because it changed every week, it was not too difficult for a little one. My youngest is now 11 and he’s giving up peanut butter for the entire season and he’s giving up screens (TV and computer) on weekdays, unless he needs it for his homeschooling lessons.

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