The Lent season is upon us and we are all in for the Daniel Fast for a full 40 days. It’s always so exciting to see friends, family and my Facebook feed getting creative with the Daniel Fast each year. And in honor of so many people around me participating in the Daniel Fast at some point throughout the year, I’ve decided to get creative on the blog and have a complete section dedicated to the Daniel Fast.
Someone raised a comment in a Facebook thread and said if the Daniel Fast is supposed to be about giving things up, aren’t we doing it wrong with out creative meals that look so savory and delicious? I took some of my reflection time to really think about that. I asked myself if I was defeating the purpose of the fast by getting creative in the kitchen so I don’t get bored with carrots, celery and green smoothies.
What I decided is that the creativity required to make meals that fall within the guidelines of the Daniel Fast takes quite a bit of thought and reflection. I constantly find myself checking the list twice to ensure I’m not violating the rules. So for 40 full days during the season of Lent (or 21 for those of you who do the fast in other seasons) you hold yourself to a certain eating standard where you train yourself to second guess your decisions all on account of being correct and doing it the right way. What if we applied this same train of thought to our behaviors and our attitudes? What if before we made any decision at all we thought about it do a second to ensure its correctness? What if we checked our list, our guidelines, our Bible to make sure it fit within the rules?
I decided that the habits I learn during Lent are habits I can implement in other areas of my life–that being creative isn’t pushing the limits of what’s required. Being creative is helping me to remember that it’s ok to enjoy life, but there are certain standards by which we are required to do that.
Now that my rant is over, here’s the recipe.
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