One of the hardest things for me about this fast is not necessarily the food choices, but all the preparation everything takes. Looking at ALL the food labels, cutting up several vegetables for each meal, snack, etc. So as we go through this, I am trying to be smart about stocking up on certain things I know are natural and also the recipes I choose. This way I can make enough for dinner, and also have good lunches and snacks that I can send with Larry to work so that he doesn’t have to think about his food being fast-friendly or not. I’ve spent a couple of nights cooking big batches of stuff, and it’s been helpful each day to have meals that are ready to go.
There are a lot of great recipes in the Daniel Fast Guide that you can download. Here are some of my favorites I’ve made so far, with my additions.
- Easy and Fast Black Bean soup: 3 cans organic black beans (I bought them at Trader Joe’s), chopped onion, chopped cilantro, 1-2 cans of diced tomatoes, 3 minced garlic cloves, small amount of chopped jalapeno, enough vegetable stock to make it the consistency you desire. Heat a small amount of olive oil in the pot, cook onion and garlic until tender. Add rest of ingredients, heat until warm. This was Larry’s (and some of the Creative Dept) favorite-has a little kick and is filling. Would be good over a baked potato too.
- The Lentil soup recipe was excellent as well. I didn’t have barley, so I added potatoes instead-my kids even enjoyed this one! I won’t post the whole recipe, but you can find it in the information pack you can download. This recipe made a lot of soup-great for leftovers.
- Herb Vinaigrette-We eat salad a lot with dinner, so having a
good dressing is important! My favorite salad to put this on is lettuce with
sliced avocado, red onion, and green peppers.
- 1/3 cup lemon juice (I squeezed from lemon), ½ tsp. dried basil, 1 tsp. oregano, ¼ tsp sea salt, ¼ cup parsley mixed with some Italian seasoning (that has no salt), 1 cup olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves. Mix well. This is light and fresh on any veggies.
- Snack: No Salt Rice Cake, natural peanut butter, topped with banana slices. Favorite with my kids!
Hope this helps. Try taking a night to make a few different recipes for the week. This will take pressure off of dinner time, and help you enjoy the food you can eat, soups can go a long way!
Kelly Hubatka- wife of Larry Hubatka, Creative Pastor of Elevation Church