Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Five Favorites: Simple Meals for Ash Wednesday

This Lent is a little different at the Church Ladies'. With three new babies either here or coming soon, we're a little short on cooking time and brain power for the usual new recipe a day. So, while we'll be unveiling some new dishes, we'll also be recalling some old favorites, and sharing some of the knowledge we've gleaned over the years for making tasty, satisfying meatless meals.

While one can certainly make some very gourmet no-meat dishes, Ash Wednesday in particular calls for more austere fare. With that in mind, here are some of our simplest recipes, perfect for an Ash Wednesday fast.

Creamed Mushrooms on Toast
A vegetarian version of the old diner/Army standby, SOS.

Squash Poriyal
A simple Indian stir fry dish with coconut. Try this green bean version if that's more your style.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Make this with broccoli, if you prefer.

Fresh herbs make for a dish that is tasty, but simple enough for a fast day. Or try one of these pestos.

Baked Russet or Sweet Potatoes
Serving what's usually a side as the main dish highlights this as a fast day, especially for children. Try them topped with broccoli for a more balanced meal, and make them in the slow cooker if you'd like.

Have a blessed Lent, and don't forget the pretzels!

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