Monday, December 9, 2013

A Week of Frugal, Vegan Advent Meals

"Having received God into Her womb,
the Virgin hastened to Elizabeth whose unborn babe
at once recognized Her embrace, rejoiced. . . "
Icon from the walls of Kykkos Monastery
In our modern culture, many people are concerned with the excess of pre-Christmas festivities. They
tend to take our focus off of the coming of the Messiah - and cause us to gain unwanted weight in the bargain.

Historically, Christians have anticipated the coming of Christ not by feasting, but by abstaining from rich foods, keeping a  mostly Vegan diet during the six weeks before Christmas.

These dishes are all frugal and simple to prepare - several of then have been prepared by my daughter who is just the age to be learning to make her own Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches!  This allows you to use your time and money for things you value more during this season.

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This is an Advent menu for those observing this season:

Lemon Rice with Lemon Dal, Super Simple Salad







Eggplant Stew, Rice, Super Simple Salad

 



Chili Cornbread Casserole, Better Than Coleslaw
(The entrée here is easy enough that my little girl can make it almost all by herself)

 


Family Favorite Lentil Soup, Homemade Bread, Super Simple Salad

 


Curried Chickpeas over Rice, Super Simple Salad



Greek Style Black-Eyed Peas, Fresh Veggie Tray
(this is another one that my little girl can make! : )

 


Teriyaki Stir Fry with Rice




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13 comments:

  1. Awesome, Awesome dishes! Very nice! I'm so hungry and want to try it all!

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  2. Love this menu! Such a great idea to keep our foods simple as we prepare for a big Christmas celebration.

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    1. I really appreciate you dropping by again, C, and your kind comments.

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  3. i LOVE this comment you made:
    "Christians have anticipated the coming of Christ not by feasting, but by abstaining from rich foods, keeping a mostly Vegan diet during the six weeks before Christmas."
    WOW! Our society definitely doesn't see it this way.
    Part of me would love to fast over Christmas and be so much more mindful of Christ - however, in reality I don't know how I"d make that work!!!!!!!!! However, with that in mind, I am going to focus more on simplicity.
    Thank you for this post :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments, Sandy. Our Church (Greek Orthodox) does encourage "fasting" during this time - which is to say, reduced consumption, and eliminating animal foods (fish is permitted some days, but since I'm vegetarian anyway . . . ). We traditionally break the "fast" on Christmas day - and then have the Twelve Days of Christmas - with feasting & celebrating the Birth of Our Lord. In our modern culture, you're right - it can be quite tricky with all of the parties that are scheduled before Christmas - so sometimes I mess up! I do find though, that scheduling my home cooked meals to be "seasonally appropriate" really helps overall - even if I'm not perfect when away from home.

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  4. I agree that holiday feasting and overconsumption has really gotten out of control.We have strayed far from the true meaning of Christmas.
    Thank you so much for reminding us of the fact that " historically Christians have anticipated the coming of Christ not by feasting, but by abstaining from rich foods, keeping a mostly Vegan diet during the six weeks before Christmas." This is a very important revelation and I can't wait to try Curried Chickpeas and Greek style Black-eyed Peas.Thank you for celebrating the holiday season with us on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party Hop. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you so much! You always leave such kind comments : ) I very much enjoy your blog hop! Thanks for hosting!

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  5. I didn't know the early church abstained, but it makes a lot of sense. So does having simple meals to make time for more important things!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting! I love your Blog - and the wonderful work you do in Africa. I especially liked this recent post! http://www.lisalewiskoster.com/2013/11/im-done-being-politically-correct.html

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  6. This is a great collection of foods. The teriyaki stir fry looks especially good. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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  7. I love the idea of abstaining in preparation for a feast. With our wealth of foods available year-round, I feel like we've lost sight of the differences between daily meals and feasting, and seasonal eating.

    Scrolling through your pictures made me very hungry. I want to try the Lemon rice and dal this week. I love soup with a lemon flavor.

    Thanks for linking up at Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

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  8. Some great healthy recipes. I certainly agree with you that we are society has changed their whole way of celebrating Christmas. I believe we have made Christmas much to commercial and focusing on parties, eating, but not the real meaning of Christmas. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Healthy Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop.

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