Daniel Fast

August 21, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 4- Guest Blogger, Kelly Hubatka

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

August 20, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 3: What I am buying

Last night we had corn tortillas (heated on the stove in a bit of olive oil) filled with left over beans and rice as well as a little salsa I made that had fresh avocado, corn, tomato, cilantro and lime juice.  We also put a little bit of hummus on the bottom to add more flavor.  This was great.

I have been inside three grocery stores in the last 5 days.  This is a big deal for me because I usually shop for my groceries online.  Since we are not eating things with added salt or sugar, I spend so much time reading labels.

Here are a few things you don't want to see on a label (besides the obvious of preservatives, dyes and corn syrup): Citric acid, absorbic acid, salt, sugar and oil.  Look for things like sea salt and citirc acid that is naturally  derived.

I found a tomato sauce at Lowe's called Muir Glen Organic tomato sauce.  We may have that tonight with some whole wheat pasta.

I also found brown rice pasta at Trader Joe's.  They also sell cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread which is a lot more moist than the regular Ezekiel bread.

At Walmart today I found Libby's organic black beans canned with water only.  This is a great alternative to soaking your beans overnight.  Walmart also makes a fresh pico de gallo that has no additives.  I think I will add that to some black beans for flavor.

Ok, there you have it.  I promise to post some pictures of my boys soon to keep my posts more fun!  And tomorrow, look for a guest blog from Kelly about things they are eating in their house!

August 19, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 2

Yesterday at Chick-fil-A was rough.  I am not really a salad fan, especially without dressing.  They have a salad with fruit on it, honestly, it was pretty rough.  Especially when I had to take the chicken and the cheese off.

For a snack I had an apple with some natural peanut butter.  Then for dinner we had pinto beans and brown rice.  Pinto beans are an easy dish because they don't require a lot of seasoning.  After soaking the beans in water overnight, I put them in my crock pot with the bottom of five green onions (I didn't have a regular onion)and some sea salt.  At 4:30, my beans weren't even close to ready so I transfered them to my pressure cooker and removed the onions.  Twenty minutes later, the beans were perfect. (I learned the art of using a pressure cooker form my mother and two grandmothers)

We served the beans with brown rice.  I found some short grain brown rice at Lowe's Foods.  Short grain brown rice is a little bit more plump than long grain and I like it a lot better.  I cooked the rice in my rice cooker but added water for 5 scoops of rice when I had only put in four (brown rice takes more water and almost twice the time to cook).

The meal was very filling, something I was really needing at the point.  Tonight I am going to try a soup.  I am not sure which one yet because it depends on what I find at the store (since I did not soak any beans last night).  Today I am going to Trader Joe's to find some more stuff for us to eat.

August 18, 2008

Daniel Fast Day 1

Today is day 1 of the Daniel fast.  For those of you who frequent this blog but do not attend Elevation, our church is doing a special fast for the next 21 days to pray for the work God is going to do in our church this fall.

For the next 21 days we will be abstaining from all meat and animal products, sugar, caffeine and foods with any additives.  The fast comes from Daniel chapters 1 and 10 when Daniel did not eat anything from the king's table.  You can read more about the details of the fast here.

I have to say that I got really nervous when I went to the grocery store on Saturday.  I almost started to panic when I thought about all the foods that we were giving up.  Friday night I made a chocolate cake for Nicole's birthday and I am embarrassed to think about how much of it I ate over the weekend.

I am going to try to update my blog very frequently to let you know what our family is eating.  My hope is to encourage those of you who are joining us in the fast by giving you some meal ideas.  Steven and I decided that we were not necessarily going to make the boys eat this way.  They will have their normal snacks and such but will eat whatever we eat for dinner (hopefully).

I don't have much to tell you so far.  This morning my husband and I ate fruit for breakfast.  I have had some herbal tea (not nearly as good as my Tazo Awake tea) sweetened with honey.  Lunch today is going to be tricky and tempting since I am meeting a college friend at Chick-fil-A.  I have pinto beans in the crock pot for dinner that I plan on serving with brown.  Not very creative, I know, but we'll venture into some soups later this week. 

I will categorize each post under "Daniel Fast" so that you can find any recipes easily.     If you are joining us, I would love for you to comment about foods and recipes that have been successful with your family.  Happy Monday!