Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ideas for Lent

For many people Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of Lent, a 40 day period in which fasting, prayer, repentance and restraint are practiced before Easter.  Traditionally, beef, pork and many other rich foods are avoided during this time.  Here are just a few recipe ideas for Lent observance.

Apple Salad
During Lent, it can be challenging to come up with simple but tasty recipes to feed your family.  Try new recipes to keep things interesting.  Focus on using fruits, vegetables, lentils, fish and chicken if you or your family want to observe a more modest menu during this time.

Chicken in Walnut Sauce
Chicken truly is the great equalizer, as it can be prepared quick and simple or used to create more complex and savory dishes.  During lent, you may want to keep it simple by choosing chicken recipes that are basic in preparation but still flavorful enough to tempt you and your family.

Mediterranean Vegetables
If you are ready to make a more permanent change in your eating habits or dietary lifestyle, Lent is a great time to begin.  Again, focus on employing more vegetables and lentils as main courses and investigate new methods to prepare your veggies to keep things interesting.

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