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Let’s Talk About Lent, Baby.

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Are you all ready for Lent?

Candles, Stations of the Cross, alms box, extra special books for reading, journal?

Are you all ready for your meatless meals and Fish Fridays? Can we talk Lent meal planning for a minute?  Specifically, Fish Fridays. Lent is about prayer, fasting and almsgiving. But unless you live in a coastal town, fish can be really pricey, which encroaches on the whole almsgiving thing. Fortunately for us, we do both live in coastal areas where fish can be had fairly inexpensively.

But for the rest of you, here are four ways to do fish during Lent that will not break the bank:

Tuna Casserole

Fear not. This is not your middle school cafeteria’s tuna casserole. This is real food and it’s delicious. I mean, com’on! It’s topped with cheese rolls. Cheese. Rolls. Nuff said.

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LINK HERE FOR OUR TUNA CASSEROLE RECIPE.

Trout Pate and Yorkshire Pudding

Who would have thought children would eat anything called trout pate! Seriously though. Delicious.

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LINK HERE FOR TROUT PATE. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

Salmon Burgers

This one gets the prize for being very nutrient dense! It really packs a nutritional punch! But that doesn’t mean it compromises on taste. No siree! This is one to convert your non-fish eater in your family!

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LINK HERE FOR THE BEST SALMON BURGER EVAH!

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

Although this is one of our breakfast favorites, there are no rules saying you can’t have it for lunch or dinner!

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

LINK HERE FOR BREAKFAST SALAD YOU WILL WANT TO EAT FOR DINNER!

OK, so, prayer, fasting and almsgiving….

What if you love fish. Like LOVE it, as my kids do?  It’s hardly fasting to say that Halibut is on the menu.  Nothing but cheers from the studio audience here. So, sometimes it’s better to redirect Fridays in Lent to vegetarian meals and dishes that are a bit more austere. Remember the purpose of why we skip meat and get down to the bare bones of what the fast is really all about.

So, here are some vegetarian suggestions for non-fish Fridays:

Tomato and Garlic Paste Pasta

Veggie Burgers

Fermented Veggies

Fontina Basil Blueberry Sandwich

In fact, we have a myriad of ways to eat your veggies and get your kids (or hubby) to eat them, too!  Our very best vegetable inspirations are in our cookbook: All Things Veg. How about a Vegan Ceviche? Or Creamy Honey Lemon Slaw? Or Eggplant Mozzarella Sandwiches? The possibilities!  Delicious possibilities. You won’t miss the meat, we cross our hearts! PURCHASE HERE IN OUR STORE. Only 3.99!

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So, now, we would love to hear: What are you planning to cook during Lent?

Let's Talk About Lent, Baby.

Are you all ready for Lent? Candles, Stations of the Cross, alms box, extra special books for reading, journal? Are you all ready for your meatless meals and Fish Fridays? Can we talk Lent meal planning for a minute?  Specifically, Fish Fridays. Lent is about prayer, fasting and almsgiving. But unless you live in a […]

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Thanksgiving Menu!

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Daja: Of all the things for which I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, my daughter tops the list!  She is growing into such a competent and lovely young woman.  I am so blessed.  I am a busy person–husband, eight kids, homeschooling, business, preparing to move to farm, and on and on.  So, I delegated planning the Thanksgiving Menu, making the shopping lists and creating this graphic to my daughter.  She’s 13.  Call me proud.  I’m happily working myself out of a job! Read More

Thanksgiving 2014

Daja: Of all the things for which I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, my daughter tops the list!  She is growing into such a competent and lovely young woman.  I am so blessed.  I am a busy person–husband, eight kids, homeschooling, business, preparing to move to farm, and on and on.  So, I delegated planning […]

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August Plans!

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The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. ~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

For two and a half years now we have posted our meals plans the first week of each month.  I mean, we have been dutiful.  Consistent.  Unwavering.  Aren’t you impressed?  Well, never mind.  We are impressed with ourselves.  And now…..we are going to let you down.  Neither one of us is posting a meal plan for August!  There is just too much unpredictable about this month for both of us, that putting together any sort of coherent plan would have taken a miracle. Read More

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The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, […]

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July Meal Plans

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Summer is officially on us and the fun has begun with dance camps, summer studies, camping, beach trips, friends visiting and family arriving!  Whoo!  So much fun can be exhausting unless you have a good plan. Read More

Jul 14 Meal Plan

Summer is officially on us and the fun has begun with dance camps, summer studies, camping, beach trips, friends visiting and family arriving!  Whoo!  So much fun can be exhausting unless you have a good plan.

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Meal Plans For June

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Daja:  It’s June!  Time for grillin’ and chillin’.  Time to go on lots of picnics and spend long days on the beach!  And we’ve got lots of special days this month.  We will celebrate the feast of Pentecost (called Shavuot in Hebrew) on June 4 by staying up all night, studying Scripture and eating cheesecake.  (What kind of cool holiday is that?!)  Read More

June Menu

Daja:  It’s June!  Time for grillin’ and chillin’.  Time to go on lots of picnics and spend long days on the beach!  And we’ve got lots of special days this month.  We will celebrate the feast of Pentecost (called Shavuot in Hebrew) on June 4 by staying up all night, studying Scripture and eating cheesecake.  […]

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Meal Plans For May!

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Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  I wonder if he wrote that before or after having children.  Because around here you can set your watch by, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”  Never mind the fact that the calendar and menu is printed and pinned to the front of the refrigerator.  Read More

May Meal Plan

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  I wonder if he wrote that before or after having children.  Because around here you can set your watch by, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”  Never mind the fact that the calendar and menu is printed and pinned to […]

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Meal Plans for April 2014

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Holidays galore and our “cooking vacation” make for a crazy month!  It is so good to have it all planned out.  Now I’m just one B-I-G shopping trip away from being all done.

Let us know if you have any recipe requests. Read More

April Menu Plan

Holidays galore and our “cooking vacation” make for a crazy month!  It is so good to have it all planned out.  Now I’m just one B-I-G shopping trip away from being all done. Let us know if you have any recipe requests.

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March Meal Plans

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There is so much going on this month.  All delightful and fills us with anticipation!  God is up to so much!  Can you feel it?! Read More

March Meal Plan

There is so much going on this month.  All delightful and fills us with anticipation!  God is up to so much!  Can you feel it?!

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December Meal Plans

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December Meal Plan

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Why we love meal planning….and the winner of the giveaway!

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Up until the point I started this blog, I was not much of a meal planner.  The most I would plan would be a couple days ahead.  I always cooked, from scratch, and we almost always ate at home.  There just wasn’t a lot of planning going on. Read More

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Up until the point I started this blog, I was not much of a meal planner.  The most I would plan would be a couple days ahead.  I always cooked, from scratch, and we almost always ate at home.  There just wasn’t a lot of planning going on.