Well, we’re a few weeks into the Nativity Fast. All of us Orthogals are kitchen-savvy with our own specialties, and today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite fast-friendly recipes for the last weeks of this season when Chinese, Mexican, and lentils have overstayed their welcome!
Because the last thing you need when you’re in a spiritual battle or slump is your stomach saying, “If you have one more PB&J, I will revolt!”
Crockpot Gingered Chickpeas and Spicy Tomato Stew: Serve this alone or over some rice. Also, I prefer to substitute kale for the spinach. Somehow, these chickpeas are refreshing after days of hummus and pita. Whatevs.
Kushari: I have rarely craved vegetarian/vegan dishes outside of fasting periods. But there is something absolutely lovely about a garlic tomato sauce topped with caramelized onions. This recipe has much less salt in it than the one I was first introduced to a few years back. Regardless, it is close, and as my friends and I say, “Oh, it’s happy.”
Cashew “Cheese” Sauce: Okay, so this can fall under “Mexican” if you go for vegan nachos (which I suggest doing) but seriously, when you need something akin to mac with cheesy-goodness this is wonderful! Again, not the exact recipe I go for (in fact, don’t worry about “soaking” the cashews, just boil an equal volume of cashews and water – i.e. 1 c. cashews for every 1 c. water).
Carrot Pockets: I find pockets/hand pies/turnovers to be more work than I prefer. But the spices and sweetness in these almost makes up for the time lost. Then again, put the filling in a casserole and top with biscuits or corn bread. Can you tell I like to alter things?