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Foodie Friday: Sweet potato and black bean chili

A perfect easy meal for a cold Friday night in Lent. This is not only vegetarian but vegan.

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Foodie Friday: Mary’s quick and easy lentil soup

Looking for a meatless meal for tonight’s Lenten supper? Tired of pizza and fish fry? Here’s a hearty and satisfying lentil soup recipe that’a a favorite at our house, especially on a snowy winter day like today.  Read more

Foodie Friday: a quick quinoa dish perfect for Lent

One day I was looking for something for lunch that was gluten-free and vegan. In other words, free of all food fun. I wasn’t coming up with much until I spotted this recipe for Warm Kale and Quinoa Salad in Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen cookbook. I didn’t have kale on hand, but that kind of thing has never stopped me before. I substituted some mixed spring greens instead and it was perfect.  Read more

The Rice Bowl at the center of our Lenten table

Are you using the CRS Rice Bowl this Lent? If not, why not? It’s one of our favorite Lenten traditions, so much so that last year when our parish didn’t make the cardboard “bowls” available at the back of our church at the start of Lent, I contacted Catholic Relief Services directly and ordered one for free. Within days I had my Rice Bowl, and all was right with our Lenten world. Read more

Foodie Friday: Five meatless recipes for Lent

It’s the first Friday of Lent and right about now you might be thinking, “What’s on the Friday menu besides pizza and fish fry?” I’ve got a combination of vegetarian and vegan recipes to see you through. I’ll start with a few today and add more in the coming weeks. Read more

Foodie Friday: A Lenten primer on fasting

Lent is just around the corner. That means our Friday meal posts will go from vegetarian to vegan. (Since I already don’t eat meat, I need to find a different way to up the ante on Fridays of Lent.) But, as we head into this beautiful season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, I thought I’d kick us off not with a recipe but with a post on fasting. Read more

Foodie Friday: Stuffed artichokes

So today’s food post is going to be a little vague because, as far as I’m concerned, making stuffed artichokes is a little vague. I follow my grandmother’s general “recipe,” which means there are no measurements. It will be a cooking adventure, you’ll see. Just be sure to pack lots and lots of oil. Read more

Foodie Friday: Easy roasted asparagus, broccoli

Let’s go for something simple, easy, delicious, and nutritious today: roasted green veggies. So often, when we think of roasting vegetables, we think of root vegetables, but roasting something like asparagus or broccoli is a great way to change up your usual vegetables sides. Read more

Foodie Friday: Enchiladas with tomatillo salsa

Having lived in Austin, Texas, for a combined nine years, I am pretty picky about my Tex-Mex food. In fact, I’ve been to only one Mexican restaurant here in the New York Capital Region in 12 years because, quite frankly, no place in these parts can measure up to Chuy’s, my beloved Chuy’s. (And don’t tell me to go to El Loco or El Mariachi or El Anything because, well, trust me, just because.) Read more