Orthodox Christians abstain from different foods during fasting periods. Though I have been Orthodox for most of my life (my parents converted when I was three), I still find it hard to plan, shop for, and cook fasting meals. Here is the general dinner rotation for this Great Lent:
Wednesday: Soup and Sandwiches
Thursday: Veggie Burgers
I know that there will be overlap (pasta salad, anyone?), but I am hoping that this will help motivate me in the kitchen. I will also be making bread each day (Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day) and keeping vegetables, fruits, fresh banana or pumpkin bread, hummus/babaganoush, pretzels, popcorn, and nuts around.
Our children will not be fasting from dairy like Father John and I do, so I will be stocking things that they will eat for breakfast and lunch: homemade muffins, eggs (for hardboiled and fried), yogurt, cheese, tasty crackers, dip for veggies, bread and sliced cheese to make grilled cheese or mini pizzas, quesadilla fixings etc.
We will also be resuming our weekly trips to the Farmer's Market in our town this Friday. As Spring comes, the offerings will be more abundant and will make fasting a bit easier. I also take occasional trips to a gourmet market nearby and purchase calamata olives and other fancier things that we can't buy at our regular store.
What is your fasting plan?