March 12, 2013

The Lenten Season Diet

Posted by Treetopia in The Treetopian Lifestyle

Have your fill of delectable dishes without the guilt

Every year for 40 days, Christians undertake a dietary resolution in preparation for Easter. This diet consists of fasting, abstinence, and a healthy dose of prayer and meditation. Regardless of religion (or lack of it), however, people have chosen to carry out Lenten diets with hope of achieving weight loss. Whether you adhere to this belief or not, Treetopia has some food suggestions for every meal that are not only scrumptious and filling, but also acceptable for Lent.


photo by AndyRobertsPhotos via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Breakfast/Dessert

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so they say. Sure, you can quickly whip up a bowl of oatmeal or an omelet but your taste buds wouldn’t feel too excited about those after a while and, since it’s Lent, you can’t reach for those packs of ham or bacon in the freezer. Instead of going astray, whip up a batch of couscous pudding. This versatile little dish can be served as a breakfast and/or dessert, depending on your mood, and it’s healthy to boot! We found Dena’s Oh! You Cook! blog with instructions on how to make this very simple dish. You will need the following basic ingredients:

  • 2  cups almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 cup plain or whole wheat couscous
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Main Course

As far as Lenten fasting goes, you are allowed to eat one full meal each day. Thus, you will need to eat something heavy for lunch or supper. If you’re a pasta or salsa lover, you must try this Mexican Pasta by KRISTL from The Budget Diet which is very simple to make! You will need:

  • One 16 oz. box of shell, rotini, penne, or bow tie pasta
  • One 16 oz. jar of your favorite salsa
  • One 15 oz. can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • One 18 oz. package of Mexican blend or cheddar cheese

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Cook the pasta and drain.
  2. Combine salsa and black beans and pour over the drained pasta.
  3. Sprinkle cheese with each serving.

If you’re more of a vegetable lover, try this Vegetable Tian by Pam from fortheloveofcooking.net. It’s like Ratatouille, only baked not simmered (and the thinly sliced vegetables look absolutely delectable)! Before you attempt to make this dish, make sure you have these ingredients first:


photo by Lori L. Stalteri via flickr. CC BY 2.0.jpg

 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 russet potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 3 large Roma tomatoes
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Dried thyme, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Side Dish
Do you want a side dish with your meal? Try this delightfully scrumptious Zucchini Frittata recipe we found from Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s blog. You will need:


photo by Maggie Hoffman via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

1 large zucchini, grated and drained

  • 1cup corn
  • 1/4-1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 eggs
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon flour (sprouted, if possible)
  • Optional: finely chopped red or green peppers

Here’s what to do:

  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Pour by tablespoon onto a generously buttered hot pan.
  3. Cook until firm and brown.

photo by Monster Pete via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

Sweet Beverage
Now that you’ve had your fill of delectable, guilt-free dishes, you might want to try a cold beverage that will satisfy your sweet tooth. We found this lip-smacking Chocolate Monkey Peanut Shake in Natalie’s sweettoothgirl  tumblr. From the drink’s name alone, you would know that you would need the following to make this:

  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup vanilla soymilk
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

You know what to do! Pour everything in a blender and blend until smooth.

 

A Lenten diet is not just a religious observance, but also a way for you to start eating healthy. Share your favorite Lenten recipes with us!

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  • http://www.thebudgetdiet.com Kristl Story

    Thanks so much for sharing my Mexican Pasta recipe! You’ve put together a nice collection of recipes, and I just might have to try that frittata!

    • Treetopia

      Hi Kristl!
      Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe in your site. We followed your Mexican Pasta recipe and it is both really easy to make AND delicious! Feel free to share other interesting recipes with our readers.