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A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics: Fasting and Non-Fasting Recipes

Updated on February 14, 2015
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A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics
A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics | Source

Catholic Cookbook with Meat and Meatless Recipes for Lent

5 stars for Catholic Lenten Cookbook and Recipes

A lot is being said about how and why we should fast during Lent and we even have some prescriptions on foods we should abstain from during Lent; like meat.

The Catholic Church only requires Catholics, who have attained the majority age up to 60 years, to fast on two (2) days during Lent - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Additionally, Catholics between the ages of 14 and 60 are required to abstain from eating meat on those 2 days, as well as on all Fridays during Lent (Code of Canon Law, Canons 1249 - 1253). Fasting, according to the Catholic Church, therefore entails only eating one full meal, that contains no meat, on those 2 days and omitting any ‘between-meals’ snacks.

When you do the math that leaves more than 30 days during Lent in which Catholics need to find and prepare appropriate meals that are not elaborate or indulgent but which can contain meat. There’s no need to scratch or hurt your head wondering what to cook during Lent on non-fasting days or days of abstinence anymore.

A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics’ contains a mix of over 40 meatless as well as meat-based Italian, pasta recipes.It is the only known cookbook, thus far, to have been given an imprimatur by the Catholic Church (i.e. an official license by the Roman Catholic Church to print the book). As the title suggests, the recipes are meant to help Catholics prepare thoughtfully frugal but tasty meals. So experiment with all-Italian cooking this Lent or mix and match with your traditional Lenten recipes.

My No. 1 Fish Recipe for LENT

Fish recipes - Provision recipes, Root Vegetable Recipes - Caribbean Food Recipes
Fish recipes - Provision recipes, Root Vegetable Recipes - Caribbean Food Recipes | Source

Try My MEATLESS LENTEN Recipes!!!

Directly below, I will also be sharing with you four (4) of my own lenten recipes that you can try yourself. There is photo of each in this article and convenient links to each one in my description below. The first three (3) are meatless and the final one contains fish.

The first one – Tasty Tri-Color Rotini Pasta Vegetarian Recipe – is completely meatless and really easy to make. It basically contains pasta and a mix of vegetables. I can be used especially on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent when no eat will be eaten.

The second one – Delicious Chick Peas or Channa Soup – is a completely meatless recipe. It comprises mainly beans, seasonings, vegetables and flour dumplings. I can be used especially on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent when no eat will be eaten.

The third one – Naturally Sweet Cole Slaw Vegetable Salad Recipe – is another completely meatless recipe, comprising vegetables and raisins for sweetness as energy I can also be used especially on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent when no eat will be eaten.

The fourth one - Lip Smacking Good Steamed Ground Provisions and Vegetables with Saltfish – is not meatless. It contains salted fish and is a very good alternative for those meat lovers who have decided to give up meat for the whole of Lent or only on Fridays of Lent.

My No. 1 Meatless Recipe for LENT

Tri-Color Rotini Pasta Recipe - Pasta Recipes - Vegetable Recipes - Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes
Tri-Color Rotini Pasta Recipe - Pasta Recipes - Vegetable Recipes - Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes | Source
Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life
Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life

All I can say is, “This Catholic Priest can really cook!” This is more than a cookbook however, as Fr, Leo uses his cooking and recipes to provide scriptural inspiration to families using nuggets of wisdom on faith, values and how meal times can be used to build strong families.Buy Fr. Leo’s ‘cook-inspirational-book’ and to see him ‘turn his hand’ in the kitchen, go to www.gracebeforemeals.com or www.ewtn.com

 

My No. 2 Meatless Recipe for LENT

Channa Soup - Chick Peas Soup - Channa Recipes - Chick Peas Recipes
Channa Soup - Chick Peas Soup - Channa Recipes - Chick Peas Recipes | Source
Cooking With the Saints
Cooking With the Saints

This cookbook contains more than 150 recipes that are inspired by the various Catholic Saints. There is a good mix of recipes for every meal in the day, every meal course and varying levels of meal preparation difficulty. Added to this, there’s a beautiful coloured photo and write up about each Saint. I bet that you’ll even find some Saints you didn’t even know about!

 

My No. 3 Meatless Recipe for LENT

Vegetable Salad Recipes - Salad Recipes - Vegetable Recipes - Vegetarian Recipes - Vegan Recipes
Vegetable Salad Recipes - Salad Recipes - Vegetable Recipes - Vegetarian Recipes - Vegan Recipes | Source
The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day
The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day

This book goes far beyond cooking and Lent. It is a great resource for families, which examines all the various feasts of the Catholic Church with family-based craft and cooking activities centered around the various liturgical feast days in the Catholic Church and the Sacraments.It makes an especially great gift from newly-weds and couples with small children and teenagers.

 

Why NO MEAT on Fridays?

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci! Have a blessed week.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a great idea! Enjoyed your review, as always.