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.
Here are some of the Lenten gems from the archives at KS to get you thinking:
- On Lenten sacrifices (why we do it)
- First time giving up all white sugar
- Can You Decorate for Lent? (as many of you know, we’re selling our house this spring, so I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to allow the house to enter into the season of Lent. I don’t think potential buyers need to be wondering why there’s purple cloth on the door…my decorations will have to be interior only this year!)
- The “What are you Doing for Lent?” Carnival from last year – lots of inspiration from amazing women!
- Celebrating Lent with Children (some amazing ideas here that I need to read through again)
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.
Chickpea Wraps – a great recipe to get beans into people who might not love beans. Cream 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 – A super simple soup perfect for dipping grilled cheese. Veggie Bean Burritos – one of our favorite meatless meals; my husband *almost* doesn’t even miss the meat. Three Bean Soup (Recipe available in The Everything Beans Book) – Kid-friendly because all the beans are blended, another good choice for dipping grilled cheese. 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. 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. 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.
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!
The 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! 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!