For Orthodox Christians, the 6 weeks before Christmas are are Lenten Season. This time can be called the Christmas Fast, or Advent. For the first four weeks, Fish is permitted most days. Then, during the last two weeks before Christmas, the fast becomes a little more rigorous.
Here is a two week menu for Lent. For Orthodox Christians (Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Antiochian Orthodox, etc), Lent generally means abstaining from Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dairy & Eggs.
Here is a menu of dinner meals that are Lent-Friendly.
During Lent, we offer a variety of other dishes on the table according to availability, such as:
Fresh Homemade Bread,
Crackers, Olives, Capers, Crudites, and/or Stuffed Grape Leaves (from a can).
And, of course, Fruit for dessert (and sometimes fancier things : )
Greek Style Black-Eyed Peas
Peas & Artichokes Yachni
Veggie Burgers (or purchased) & Oven Fries
Claire's Southern Delight over Rice
Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce
Indian Spiced Black-Eyed Peas over Rice
Moroccan Red Lentil Soup
Lazy Lo Mein
Revythia (Greek Chickpea Stew)
Cyprus Bulgur Pilaf
Gigantes (Greek Giant Beans)
Black Bean Soup with Rice, Tomatoes, and Corn Chips