What am I giving up for Lent?

I’m sure the thought has crossed your mind, whether you are religious or just one to bask in the opportunity to celebrate a time of reflection. We’re days into the Lent season now, and that thought I mentioned before is often a question with an end which tests your self control, your determination for a greater outcome or as spiritually represented, to honor a custom found within the church for decades presiding.

Certain things usually fall off the weekly list – alcohol is often a first choice, followed by cursing. Some people share the commonality of giving up partying or even stretch as far as tucking away their credit card to chase away the glutinous sin of over-splurging. But very often, giving up meat for the tracked 40 days is often in that familiar list.

Often it’s the commitment to self that one must discover, a person must unveil their most inner place of peace and become unified with their strength of independence. The choice of what to give up is simply the mode of discipline you are to choose. Sharing your pact with someone is an easy way to overcome temptation, but are you truly testing your limits for yourself if you are to lean on someone?

It’s simple really, even within the walls of difficulty – source yourself, find your mode, commit to yourself, and learn the boundaries that you truly can be tested within your mind. You see, the mind is a powerful being, spiritually reformed to lead the human form amidst others on this home we call earth. So unlock what hidden crevices that it has to offer, each stream that flows, swim along and against, only then can you truly conquer yourself and only then will you truly be successful.

The mind works as it is fed, as it is nurtured, as it is watered, like the miracle of a living plant, the mind strives on replenishment. A great way to successfully unfold the depths of it, is to commit like the depths of the Lent season require. Meat is a choice to abolish any temptations which may rear their ugly head.

A quick fix that satisfies you, is healthy and filling is a simple Red Curry Lentil meal.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups lentils

1/2 onion

3 small tomatoes

2 tbsp red curry powder

1 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 cup rice

2 tbsp butter

1/4 cup coconut milk

INSTRUCTIONS

o    Cook the lentils according to directions on package. Drain and set aside.

o    Melt the butter in a large saucepan, medium high heat please. Sauté the onions until golden. Spice it up & Stir it up! (curry powder, turmeric, cayenne). Add the tomato puree; stir and simmer until smooth.

o    Add the lentils and the cream. Stir to combine and simmer for another 15-20 minutes (the longer you leaving it the better it gets)!

To be savored…

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN BURGERS

  1. 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  2. 2 medium sweet potatoes, halved lengthwise
  3. 1 tspn onion powder
  4. 2 tspn cumin powder
  5. 1/2 tspn garlic powder
  6. 1 tspn chili powder
  7. 1/4 tspn dried oregano
  8. some salt. some pepper
  9. 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

CHILI LIME MAYO

  1. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1 tspn chili sauce
  3. some lime juice

OTHER INGREDIENTS

  1. buns or lettuce wraps
  2. tomatoes, avocados

INSTRUCTIONS

o    400 degree oven, side down for 30 minutes.

o    In a small bowl, mix together “chili lime mayo”. Set aside.

o    Mix all the ingredients for the black bean burger together and set it aside and you’re already halfway.

o    In a large bowl, crumble til chunky. add the beans and cooked sweet potatoes, cooked quinoa and spices.  And then you’ll form 8 burgers.

o    Place on a large baking sheet covered in parchment paper and let sit in the oven for 20 minutes. Flip over, and let bake for another 10 minutes.

A crowd favourite is the simple one-pot dish: Cheesy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

3 lbs potato. 1 sml white onion. 3 garlic cloves.1 tsp salt. 4 tbsp all-purpose flour. 2 tbsp butter. 1 ‘n 1/2 cps milk. 1 cp chicken stock. 1 cp cheddar cheese. 1/2 lime juice. and some spice. then some salt. some pepper.

INSTRUCTIONS

o    400 F please.

o    Squeeze in lime juice in bowl of water

o    Peel the potatoes, put them into the water to prevent any grey areas.  Wash, then slice thinly.

o    Crush garlic. Whisk into the milk & the  flour.

o    Over medium heat, melt butter. crush the garlic and stir.

o    Sauté your sliced onion. then pour some chicken stock and bring to a boil.

o    Add the mixed milk add flour.

o    Salt, pepper and some herbs, and let simmer like the actions of a verb – the action word.

o    Remove from heat when the sauce starts to bubble.

o  Have a baking pan ready and prepped.

o    Layer your potato slices.

o    Pour up the sauce and sprinkle on some grated cheese.

o    Wrap with foil.

o    Bake for 40 minutes then remove cover and bake for 10 -15 more minutes.

 

These are just some of my personal favourites, I even like to combine them to make one big Sunday meal.

 

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