This is probably the first year since we started doing the Daniel Fast that I am actually excited about it. (Just being real y'all.) For the past two years the biggest issue, other than my attitude, was meal planning. I don't want to have to over think the menu. It's not about food; it's about spending a purposeful amount of time talking to and listening to our heavenly Father. Sometimes food gets in the way, including during a time of fasting. Seems odd, I know, but true none the less.
I thought I would post our meal plan for the next three weeks. You might find some of this helpful or you may just think, "Sounds good to me!" and copy the whole thing. I'm all about sharing. I hope your fasting time (regardless of what you are fasting from) is a time of listening and reflection. I hope when God speaks, you deeply enjoy His presence, and He gives you a vision for 2012.
1-1: Lentil and Quinoa salad with cashews
1-2: cous cous and roasted veggies of your choice
1-3: potato corn chowder (caringcarrot.com)
1-4: Southwestern veggie bake (leave out the cheese)
1-5: Marinara and whole wheat pasta w salad
1-6: ------we'll be out of pocket, eat on the run!
1-7: ------ditto the 6th
1-9: cous cous and roasted veggies of your choice
1-10: red beans and brown rice (sausage for kids)***
1-11: leftover marinara, pasta, salad
1-12: taco soup**
1-13: Thank the Lord! Friends have invited us over
1-14: leftover Taco Soup (after church, easy)
1-15: Lentil Tacos (I'll post this recipe later)*
1-16: quick slow cooker veggie soup (The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory)
1-17: quinoa and black beans w corn tortillas and avocados
1-18: Spinach zucchini casserole (The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast)
1-19: Marinara w whole wheat pasta and salad
1-20: Spicy red bean burgers, sweet potato fries (served on corn tortillas) (The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory)
1-21: EMFH (we will have plenty of leftovers)
*** I buy boxed red beans and rice for this. You can make your own. But again, I want to feel it in my stomach, not the amount of time I have to spend in the kitchen, so the easier the better. Kids are eating meat after day 7, so I will have sausage on the side for them.
**can of green beans, red kidney beans, black beans, corn, petite diced tomatoes, packet of taco seasoning but I do use a homemade taco seasoning during the fast. I also double this recipe. Serve w sliced avocados and baked tortilla chips.
* Put a little oil in a pan and sauté 2 cups of dry lentils w a pack of taco seasoning for about 2 minutes. Then pour in 5 cups of broth. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, maybe a little longer. We serve it w corn tortillas, tomato, lettuce and sliced avocados (this recipe from my awesome friend Deleise!)
Questions?? Just ask!