Lenten Recipes

“And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt,
and put them into a single vessel, and make bread of them.”

This recipe from Ezekiel 4:9 makes a complete protein!


Orthodox Christians observe four Lenten seasons during the year.  The Holy 40 Days of Great Lent before Pascha, the Apostles Fast (from the Second Monday after Pentecost to June 29), the Dormition Fast (August 1 – 15), and the Nativity Fast (November 15 – December 25). Also, nearly every Wednesday and Friday of the year are “fasting days” as well.  In total, this represents around half the days of the year  —  sometimes more, since the length of the Apostles’ Fast changes from year to year!

In addition to praying, confessing, and giving with greater intensity, Orthodox Christians also strive to observe the Church’s fasting guidelines, which include abstaining from meat and dairy.  Below you will find recipes offered by families here at St. Nicholas for Wednesdays, Fridays, and Lenten seasons of the year.  These meals are meat-free and dairy-free, and there is an emphasis on economy and simplicity of preparation.  (If you wish to abstain from olive oil as well, feel free to make substitutions.)

More to come … check back often!