Here's what's been on the menu at the Wood household:
- Oatmeal with soy milk and fruit
- Rice cakes with organic peanut butter, bananas, and honey
- Soups and left overs from dinner
- Vegetarian Chili
- Lentil Soup (see recipe below)
- Black Beans & Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers
- Whole wheat spaghetti with organic spaghetti sauce
- Rice, Black beans, and corn recipe (I'll post this tomorrow)
- Black bean soup
- Lots of fruit (I love little clementine oranges & pears! Love pears!)
- Trail mix of nuts & dried fruit
- Fresh veggies with hummus
- And my favorite, popcorn! The kind you pop yourself in a pan. Get a large skillet with a lid. Heat over high heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and one kernel of popcorn. Cover with lid. When that kernel pops, pour 1/3 cup of kernels into the skillet and cover with lid. When popping slows down, remove from heat and pour in a bowl. Sprinkle with sea salt. YUM!!!
Susan Gregory (Daniel Fast)
2 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 (14½ oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 pound lentils (apprx. 1¼ cups)
2/3 cup pearl barley
11 cups vegetable broth (can substitute water, but not as tasty)
4-6 fresh thyme sprigs
Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté until all the vegetables and tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Simmer until the juices evaporate a little and the tomatoes break down, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and pearl barley, mix to coat. Add the broth and stir. Add the thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils and barley are tender, about 40 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with olive oil and serve.
I always feel the need to emphasize that the purpose of fasting is not to focus MORE on food, but less...To create a hunger in our hearts for Christ. It's okay to be hungry on a Daniel Fast even though you're allowed to eat. Don't feel the need to always run to food every time you feel hunger. Use your hunger as a reminder to pray and ask God to make you more hungry for Him!
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?