Let’s get this Lenten party started!

The goal of this blog is to share easy, inexpensive, vegan recipes with my friends and with my daughter Bailey.  My goals as an Orthodox mom during the fasting seasons of the year are simple: inexpensive, easy-to-make, vegan meals that are healthy, in season, and delicious.

I do not use soy products and I try to avoid bad oils.  During the week, if I use an oil, I use canola or coconut.  On the weekends, everything is bathed in olive oil. That is not a joke.  I also cook in season, which means I use vegetables that we have grown and stored, or I use vegetables and fruits which would be in storage if I had been able to grow enough during the past gardening season.

I do buy avocados during Lent because it’s their season.  I also buy mushrooms and lettuce.  Most meals have a starch, a vegetable, and a protein.  If I don’t include these things, children start pillaging within an hour of the previous mealtime, so it behooves me to fill them up.

Dinner tonight:California Burrito (ingredients: vegetables, large burrito wraps, salsa, avocado, rice)

Service tonight: Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

1) Get the rice started.

2) Grab an onion, quarter of a cabbage head, bell peppers, mushrooms, any vegetable you have in your drawer that needs used.

3) Dice the onion, slice the cabbage and bell peppers, and dice any other vegetable you have in the drawer.

4) Bring a half cup of water to a boil in a medium size pan; add onion for 5 minutes; stir, then throw in the cabbage and any vegetable that’s firm (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) and cook for another 5 minutes; stir, then add the softer vegetables like the mushrooms and peppers.  If you like heat, add a little bit of poblano or hot pepper.

5) Throw in and stir around come cumin (1-2 tsp.),chili powder (1 tsp.), salt (1/2-1 tsp.) and pepper (1/4 tsp.).  You could also add garlic here.

6) Once everything is soft, turn off the heat.  Squeeze half a lemon or lime (or use a teaspoon of bottled juice) over the mixture. Dice up an avocado and stir around.

7) Heat up some watered down salsa in the microwave for a minute.  Warm up your burrito wraps for about a minute also.

8) Put one cup or so into a burrito wrap, top with warmed up salsa, and hope that rice is done cooking.

9) Get grumpy because it’s not.

10) Realize you are grumpy about rice.  Oh, well. The kids can be getting dressed while the rice is cooking.

11) Serve the burritos with rice and get  to church.  Don’t be late.  If you are, say you are Greek.

4 thoughts on “Let’s get this Lenten party started!

  1. Interestingly, this is almost exactly what we had for supper tonight (minus the microwave and wraps to put in all in)! Great to read this just now. Thanks for the chuckle about the rice. Brenda, we must get together sometime soon. And if you are eating vegan this season, maybe it should be real soon! =)


  2. Debbie McCoy says:

    You don’t have to be Orthodox to enjoy this blog! Thanks Brenda. (This is a typical Wednesday church night for me, minus the vegan meal. Mine usually involves some sort of meat I was supposed to get out of the freezer and I now have 20 minutes to defrost & cook.)


  3. Thanks for the kind words, Loretta–it would be great to see you and your family. Debbie, I am rarely ready for dinner and when 4 pm rolls around, I am right there with you, microwaving the meat to get it defrosted!


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