Last year I gave up complaining for Lent. As I reflected on the year, I thought that I had developed a pretty cheerful attitude and decided that I wasn't doing much complaining and could give up something else this year. I decided to give up sugar because it saps my energy and makes me less effective in every area of my life. My family was discussing Lent and I shared my decision with them. Their reaction:
My daughter: “Well, giving up sugar is probably easier than giving up complaining”.
My oldest son: “And if it isn't easier, at least you can complain about it”.
Even though I am giving up sugar I will still be posting some dessert recipes as I have a backlog of recipes to post.
Meatless and Seafood Recipes for the Lenten Season
My husband and I grew up with different Lenten traditions. He grew up eating fish or going meatless on Fridays and my Church had Soup Suppers on Wednesdays. Whenever possible I try to incorporate both of our traditions. My ideal compromise would be a meatless soup! I'm not that fond of fish, so during Lent, I would much prefer to go meatless than cook fish. But my husband loves fish, so I try to strike a balance and occasionally serve really flavorful fish dinners.
You don't have to recognize Lent to benefit from the links below! And I should point out, that the links will not necessarily take you to sites where the bloggers participate or even recognize Lent. However, they are still a good resource for recipes that are appropriate for the Lenten season.
Spicy Lentil Soup
Old Country Pie
Baked Zucchini Parmesan
Minestrone Soup with Quinoa Pasta
Pasta with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Mozzarella
Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos
Swiss Chard and Garbanzo Bean Soup
Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Pasta Shells
Sources for More Meatless Recipes:
Finally, Erin of Royal Baloo has co-written a FREE eBook with Lenten activities for young children. You can find out how to download Jesus Loves Me this I Know here.
What are your favorite Lenten recipes and resources?