- Fasting in community helps us keep our commitments.
- The apostles (and Jesus) fasted from food (rather than scroll-reading or sheep-tipping), so we are following their lead - always a wise thing.
- Learning to control our appetite (for food) is a good training ground for learning to control our other passions
- Plan the meal for the weakest member and those who wish to fast more strictly can do so.
Is discussing ones fasting a bit like "tooting one's own horn"? I don't know. But I do know I'm very thankful for the many bloggers and websites that have discussed fasting and shared ideas and recipes. So, I'm going to risk it share with you all our fasting plan in the case it might help your family.
This Lent our family has decided to fast together. We will forgo all meat and some of us will go a bit further and forgo all animal products.
I've gathered some good websites with meal ideas and gone through my own recipes to come up with a list of fasting meals for our family.
- Orthodox Mother's Digest: Fasting Food
- An Orthodox Kitchen
- iChef: Orthodox Lent
- Recipe Sources for Orthodox Fasting (a list of more links)
- Anglican blogger, Jessica, has a great list of lenten recipe ideas (with links)
- My own list: Lenten Family Meals (a Google doc) (you'll notice lots of personal notations for where to find the recipes - didn't have time to remove them). If there is a recipe you are particularly interested in, let me know. I can post some of the recipes, if you like.
- Labor Within Your Strength and while you are there, check out her Fasting posts for more inspiration and some good recipes.
- On the Spirit of Gluttony by St John Cassian
- Of Fasting by Jeremy Taylor (Anglican Bishop, 1613-1667)
If you have other ideas or resources, I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment!