Monday, February 27, 2017

Lenten & Omnivore Week's Menu

Lenten & Omnivore Week's Menu
As we enter Lent this year, I can predict that one or more people will tell me, "I'd really like to keep the Lenten fast but it's so hard when my Wife (or Husband, or Mother or Roommate) doesn't eat that way. It's just too hard to make two different meals every night!"

Lenten Fasting for Orthodox Christians traditionally means no meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs. Shellfish and honey are permitted. But, many Orthodox Christians are married to Christians of other Traditions who do not follow this practice, others may have an Orthodox spouse with a health issue that has caused the doctor to forbid the traditional Fast. Others have family members who, for one reason or another, choose not to fast, or whose Spiritual Father has advised against rigorous fasting. This menu is published with the hopes of helping those in these situations.

These menus make it easier because MOST of the meal is the same for everyone - simply add an easy-to-prepare item or two for the Omnivore.

I'm providing a variety of suggestions for additions to meals, but if you have an easy-to-please Omnivore, or one who is very fond of Chicken, you could easily buy a Rotisserie Chicken and serve whole pieces for some meals and shreds for others to fill out most of a week's menu.

To make these meals even easier, I'd recommend keeping a tub of ready-to-go Salad Greens or Chopped Snacking Veggies in the fridge at all times. And, when you do your grocery shopping, go ahead and portion the pork chops into individual zippered bags with Italian Dressing and pop them in the freezer. When you put them in the fridge to defrost, they start marinating automatically. (Of course, if you're serving them within a day or two of shopping, no need to freeze at all, just refrigerate : )


Orzo Pilaf  
 For Omnivores, Grill a pork chop that has been marinated
in Italian Dressing. Add a Dollop of Yogurt or Sour Cream to the Pilaf

Add the Omnivore's favorite toppings, such as Cheese, Pepperoni, or Bacon to his or her pizza

Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
with the ideas in this link.

Skyline Black Beans and Rice over Spaghetti, Copycat
Add Skyline Chili from a Can to Omnivore's Portion, 
along with Finely Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese

Indian Lemon Rice with Peas 

Add Tandoori Chicken & Raita Sauce or Plain Yogurt to Omnivore's Portion

Peas & Artichokes Yachni

Serve with Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches for the Omnivores

Mexican Haystacks
Add Shredded Prepared Chicken or "Taco Meat" to Omnivore's Portion
Serve with Sour Cream and Shredded Mexican Style Cheese or Mild Cheddar

Samali (Greek Semolina Dessert)

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  1. I didn't realize Orthodox Christians fast to that extent during Lent. I'm Presbyterian and while our denomination doesn't really fast, I generally choose to avoid meat on Fridays during Lent. Actually, we eat a lot of meatless meals anyway. I like your menu ideas and am going to check them out further.

    I followed you here from I'm an Organizing Junkie. I'd love to have you pay me a visit:

    Have a beautiful week!

    1. So glad you dropped by! I come from Presbyterian roots and have a great fondness for Presbyterians : )
      So glad to have you visit - I'm subscribed to your feed (I read on feedspot) : )

  2. Really lovely and thoughtful post. I'm putting a few of these meals on my upcoming menu plan. Thanks.

    1. Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them : ) I'm planning more Omnivore friendly plans in coming months - so glad you find them useful!

  3. My husband hardly considers a meal 'complete' without some kind of meat in it. That said, we try to observe the Roman tradition of abstaining from meat (flesh of animals) on all Fridays of the year. I'll definitely have to take a closer look at these recipes for those days. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. I understand - My Mom was the same way! It can be an extra challenge to keep Lent for those whose diet is very meat-centric! May God bless him for trying when he finds it such a challenge.

  4. I love your recipes. I always like added yogurt (I make my own) to many recipes and it gives it a special taste. The peas and artichoke yachni looks especially inviting. Pinning and tweeting. Congratulations on being featured on Healthy happy green & natural blog hop.

    1. Thanks so much! Hope you love the Peas & Artichokes - we just had it for dinner last night here : )

  5. I still haven't made the Samali yet. Thanks for the suggestions....and reminder, I will be making it soon.


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