For Orthodox Christians February 23 begins Lent, which ends April 12 the main holiday of the faithful - Happy Easter Christ. What allowed to eat during Lent? How fast right? What are the principles at the same time it is important to observe?
What should be discarded?
Refusal of some products and physical purification is one of the important components of Lent. What foods can not be eaten during this time? First of all, any food of animal origin. It includes all sorts of meat and poultry, eggs, animal fats, dairy products. In food, you can not eat fish, except for Palm Sunday (5 April) and the Annunciation (7 April). Also prohibited are various sweets, traditional home-made pastries, fast food and alcoholic beverages. By the way, from smoking, other addictions and addictions, it is also recommended to abstain.
The strictest days of Lent are the first four days, and also the final week - Holy Week. On Pure Monday (the first day of fasting) and Good Friday (the last Friday before Easter) it is customary to completely abandon food. The rest of the days the church canons suggest making a menu of lent cuisine according to special principles. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, believers consume vegetables, fruits, lean bread and compotes. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, hot food without oil is allowed. And on Saturdays and Sundays, except for the final week of fasting, you can eat dishes with vegetable oil. Traditionally, restrictions on bans are allowed for sick and elderly people, nursing mothers, wandering and military in the service.
What products are allowed?
The list of products that are allowed in the post, includes primarily vegetables in all their diversity - potatoes, carrots, eggplants, pumpkin, turnips, various varieties of cabbage, asparagus, peas, corn and fresh greens. They can be eaten not only fresh, but also cooked, stewed, baked, cooked on a grill or in a slow cooker. There are also no restrictions on fruits. Apples, pears, bananas, citrus fruits, persimmons, pomegranates, like any other fruits and berries, are eaten every day, and also beverages are prepared from them.
What can you eat in the office, in addition to fruits and vegetables? Mushrooms in the boiled, dried, salted and pickled. Of these, make salads, added to soups or use as a regular starter. Be sure to include lean menu for the week of porridge of oatmeal, buckwheat, rice and other cereals, cooked without water and oil. To improve the taste will help carrots, onions, dried apricots, raisins or candied fruit. By the way, dried fruits, nuts and seeds can also be added to the daily diet.
The shortage of animal protein while fasting can be compensated by using vegetable protein. Especially they are rich in beans, peas, squash and peanuts. Allowed to post the products can be supplemented with soy. Hardened meat eaters rescue so-called soy meat, which can be found in the dietary department of any supermarket. Believers are also allowed to eat bean curd, tofu and soy milk.
We make a lean menu
What can you cook in Lent for every day? Warming lean soup is a good solution. Soak a glass of beans in cold water for 3-4 hours, then drain the water, and transfer the beans to a saucepan, pour 2 liters of cold water and cook until tender. Then add two diced potatoes and continue cooking. Meanwhile, grate the carrots and onions on a coarse grater, lightly fry in oil and add the frying to the soup. Remove the pan from the heat, add bay leaves, salt and pepper to taste, as well as dried dill and 4–5 kernels of chopped walnuts to the soup.
For church celebrations during Lent can use recipes festive lean menu. For example, a salad of avocado. First, we clear the orange peel, divide into segments and remove plenochki. Then prepare avocados: peel, remove pit and chop the fruit into thin strips. Red, yellow and green bell peppers and cut into strips. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, flavored with lemon juice and salt and decorate with mint leaves.
Delicious lenten menu, recipes of which are quite simple in execution, can be varied with desserts. A dried fruit cake will be quite appropriate. A glass of dried apricots and raisins are poured over with boiling water and let us brew. Meanwhile, we pass through the meat grinder half a lemon and an orange and fill them with 300 ml of strong black tea with 1 st. l. honey. Dried fruits thrown in a colander, mixed with citrus and added to them for a handful of chopped almonds and walnuts. Next, pour 1 glass of sifted flour, enter 1 tsp. slaked soda, 3 st. l. olive oil and knead the dough. We cover the form for baking parchment paper, put the dough in it and sprinkle sugar on top. Bake the cake 40-45 minutes at a temperature of 190 ° C.
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