Lenten Cooking

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i swear i haven’t given up blogging for lent! i’ve been busy reading and studying and reading some more, that when i sit down to put my thoughts on paper, i’m at a loss for words. i once learned that the more you read, the better your writing becomes. well, i’ve proven that wrong! i’ve been reading blogs, books, and articles by the dozens these past few weeks, and my writing has become non-existent! i have many thoughts running through my head, and i’m so glad for the time i have put aside to wade through these thoughts, read great minds who have thought these thoughts before.

so today, our third Lenten Feast Day, i will share with you three recipes i’ve made during Lent (when we weren’t cycling through the stomach virus in our house this week!) based around a whole-food diet (real foods, not processed, boxed or packaged ingredients) during Lent. two of them are from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, and the others are from cooking blogs where i find a lot of my current favorite whole-wheat recipes.

Corn Chowder with tossed salad, and Whole Wheat Bread (dinner!)

Banana-Chocolate Chip (protein) Bread (snacking!) with homemade chocolate chips!

Whole Wheat Pasta with vegetable marinara, salad.

in the “keeping it real” department, the whole wheat bread didn’t turn out this time, and it was completely my fault. i’ve been successful scores of times in the past with this recipe, so don’t let that keep you from trying it (you CAN bake with yeast!). i pulled the bread out of the oven too soon (i didn’t set a timer) and it was practically raw in the middle. once toasted, it was slightly palatable to hungry boys, but not enough for me to enjoy it. but i will do it again this week, as i continue to bake our daily bread.

these pictures are from a walk we took three weeks ago, on a warm sunday afternoon. it didn’t look warm because of the snow on the ground, but it was a lot warmer than it is today (sunny, no snow!) at 38 degrees for a high! i will not look at the forecast again until we are assured no more freezing temperatures, and now more snow or freezing rain.