Wrap It Up... What to Eat During Lent

Lent is an annual religious observance that Christians and Catholics practice. It extends from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. Lent in Greek is Tessarakosti which means 40, and 40 is significant. Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the Wilderness and Moses spent 40 days fasting on Mount Sinai. Lent is a time to repent and reflect on performing good works. We use the time to pray more to God, come away from the flesh, and spend more time with Father God in prayer. It's also a way to prepare our hearts for Easter and Jesus's resurrection.

As you can tell, it can be quite a bit to juggle if you're a new Christian and not used to giving up leavened bread for unleavened bread, an easy substitute is pita bread and tortillas for bread and meat substitutes for red meat and chicken.

Ultimately, remember that this season is about sacrifice. It's a time to fast or "remove something" like food, TV, or video games, so we can draw closer to God. By removing distractions, we can focus on God and spiritual strength like Jesus and Moses did. And, our sacrifice is to honor Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and pursue Him - more!

What Foods Do We Give Up During Lent?

During the season of Lent, there are specific foods that we give up. Red meat and chicken are not eaten on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent. Fish can be eaten as a substitute.

As we enter into the Passover season, Jews will eat unleavened bread or matzos. This was for Jews to remember their departure from Egypt (Deut. 16:3).

What you CAN eat during Lent:

  • fish
  • eggs
  • animal products that include milk, butter, yogurt and cheese
  • fruit and vegetables
  • grains that include noodles
  • Orthodox Christians might make Lenten waffles, crepes, muffins, bread, and pancakes

     

What you CANNOT eat during Lent (on Wednesdays and Fridays):

  • beef, pork or chicken
  • ham and deer
  • lamb and buffalo

     

Check out the meal ideas and substitutions below for Lent...

 

Breakfast...

  • Granola and mixed berries
  • Cereal and sliced fruit
  • Grits and vegetarian sausage
  • Farina or oatmeal
  • Egg or egg-white omelets
  • Breakfast burritos or fajitas
  • Yogurt and fruit

 

 

Tip: Remember you can substitute beef sausage with vegetarian. Look for Morningstar Farms! ;o)

 

 

Lunch and Dinner...

  • Tuna wrap with avocado
  • Roasted sweet potatoes, vegetarian meatballs, and quinoa
  • A black bean burrito with sour cream
  • Lasagna, spaghetti or chili with vegetarian meat substitute
  • Vegetarian meatballs, mashed potatoes, and spinach
  • Baked chicken substitute, potatoes, and broccoli
  • Stuffed potato skins
  • Falafel and salad
  • Red beans, rice, and sofrito

 

Tip: If you're skipping chicken, substitute Gardein Vegetarian Chicken Strips (yum!).

If you're a vegetarian, try Gardein Fishless Fish and make fishless tacos (yum!)



Tip: Want to substitute ground beef? Try veggie crumbles by Morningstar Farms.

Notice when this chef from Lidia's cooks, he uses shrimp in his recipe.

During Lent we give up red meat and chicken, but seafood is okay.

Tip: Substitute sausage, meatballs, chicken, and bacon with vegetarian versions.

Check out Gardein, Boca, LightLine or Morningstar Farms.

 

Fasting Tip: My mom tells the story about how she went to hear Pastor Mahesh Chavda speak. He mentioned how once during a fast he realized he was eating chips! As soon as he remembered that he had forgotten about his fast, he quickly apologized to Father God and started fasting again!
 
Remember: Just because the chips call or the cookies know your name doesn't mean you have to answer! ;o)