As you know, during the fast you can not eat meat, milk and other products of animal origin. But you can vegetables, fruits, cereals, and on non-strict days – also fish with seafood. Not so terrible restrictions! And even more so, even with our recipes for lenten dishes for every day!
1. Lenten borscht
Let’s start with the signature dish of every experienced housewife!
You will need: 2 beets, 1 carrot, 2 potatoes, 1 onion, 0.5 head of cabbage, 2 tomatoes, 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1 bay leaf, spices.
Cooking: Peel and chop the tomatoes, and cut all the vegetables into strips. Boil water in a saucepan, add potatoes and cabbage, and set to simmer over low heat.
During this time, fry carrots with onions and beets in vegetable oil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add tomatoes to the vegetables, season and simmer under the lid for another 20 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a saucepan, add the bay leaf and spices, and bring to a boil.
2. Lenten pilaf
Sounds incredible, but nothing is impossible.
You will need: 500 g of rice, 2 carrots, 2 onions, 1 chili, 2 heads of garlic, barberry, cumin, spices, 50 ml of vegetable oil.
Cooking: Cut the onion into half rings and fry in a cauldron until golden. Add carrot sticks to it and continue frying until it becomes softer.
Pour in hot water so that it covers the vegetables by 1.5 cm. Add spices, whole heads of garlic, a whole chili there, and simmer for 10 minutes over low heat. Spread the rice in an even layer on top, add some water, and stew under the lid until the cereal is ready.
3. Lenten pie with jam
A simple shredded pie that any beginner can handle.
You will need: 400 g flour, 200 g sugar, 200 ml water, 200 ml vegetable oil, 2 tsp. baking powder, 200 g jam.
Cooking: Mix water with sugar until dissolved and pour in vegetable oil. Gradually add the sifted flour with baking powder, knead an elastic dough and put 2/3 into a mold with sides. Spread the jam and top with the remaining grated dough. Bake the cake for 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees.
4. Fish with vegetables
We tell you how to cook delicious fish in fasting.
You will need: 1 kg of fish, 1 tbsp. mustard, spices, vegetable oil, 2 onions, 2 carrots, 1 pepper, 2 tomatoes, 1 bunch of herbs, 2 cloves of garlic, half a lemon.
Cooking: Mix lemon juice with spices, mustard and 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and marinate the fish for an hour. Randomly chop all the vegetables, and fry the onion until golden.
With an interval of 3-5 minutes, add carrots first, then peppers, spices, peeled tomatoes and marinated fish. Simmer the dish until the fish is ready and at the end season it with crushed garlic and chopped herbs.
5. Lenten salad with apple and nuts
Great recipe for breakfast or a light dinner.
You will need: 1 apple, 2 carrots, 1.5 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp lemon juice, a pinch of zest, 50 g chopped nuts, greens.
Cooking: Grate an apple and a carrot on a medium grater, season, add chopped herbs and mix. Add all the other ingredients there and leave the salad to brew for half an hour.
6. Lean puree soup
This is a basic recipe that you can easily customize to your liking. Soups-puree from different vegetables are prepared according to the same principle.
You will need: 1 potato, 1 onion, 3 celery stalks, 2 carrots, 2 tomatoes, 1.2 liters of water, spices, 3 garlic cloves.
Cooking: Coarsely chop all the vegetables, pour water, add spices and bring to a boil. Cook the soup for about half an hour until the potatoes are soft over low heat. Cool it slightly, add garlic, beat with a blender, season and bring to a boil again.
7. Cabbage cutlets
You simply cannot do without vegetable cutlets during fasting. Let’s talk about cabbages!
You will need: 1 kg of cabbage, 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 0.5 cups of flour, 0.5 cups of semolina, 100 g of breadcrumbs, spices.
Cooking: Coarsely chop the cabbage, add water and simmer for 10 minutes under the lid. Pass it through a meat grinder, squeeze out the moisture and add the grated onion and garlic. Add flour with semolina and spices, mix well, form cutlets, roll them in breadcrumbs and fry.
8. Fried fish in lean batter
Yes, even regular batter can be made without eggs and milk.
You will need: 500 g of fish, 100 ml of water, 100 g of flour, a pinch of soda, spices, garlic and herbs.
Cooking: Cut the fish into bite-size pieces. Mix the sifted flour with soda and spices, pour in water and knead a thick batter. At the end, add chopped herbs and garlic to taste, dip each piece of fish and fry.
9. Lenten salad with pears and prunes
Depending on the set of spices, turn it into a snack or dessert.
You will need: 1 pear, 1 apple, 100 g prunes, 1 orange, 100 g Beijing cabbage, 1 tbsp. sugar, 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. olive oil, cinnamon and spices.
Cooking: Peel and randomly chop all the fruits, and soak the prunes and cut into strips. Finely chop the cabbage and mash it with sugar. Dress the salad with apple cider vinegar and spices.
10. Lean soup with lentils
This is a very hearty thick soup when you want something more solid.
You will need: 2 carrots, 1 onion, 200 g lentils, ginger, garlic, 750 ml water, curry, chili, spices, cilantro.
Cooking: Grind the carrots with onions and grate the ginger. Rinse the lentils, cover with water and bring to a boil. Add vegetables, boil again and boil for 10 minutes under the lid. Season the soup, stir and cook for another 5-10 minutes, and at the end sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
11. Lean beans with vegetables
Use canned beans in tomato, and then you don’t need tomato sauce.
You will need: 200 g beans, 40 g onions, 40 g carrots, 40 g zucchini, 40 g champignons, 20 g tomato sauce, garlic and spices.
Cooking: Fry the onion in a frying pan and add the mushrooms to it. After a couple of minutes, add carrots and zucchini, and after another 3-4 – beans and tomato sauce. Season the dish with spices and garlic, mix and simmer a little more.
12. Lean chocolate cake
Another homemade dessert option for every day during Lent.
You will need: 1.5 cups flour, 150 ml water, 110 ml jam, 0.5 cup sugar, 3 tsp. cocoa, 1 tsp instant coffee, 0.5 tsp. soda and baking powder, 1 tbsp. vinegar, 50 ml vegetable oil.
Cooking: Mix the sifted flour, baking powder, cocoa, soda and salt. Separately, mix warm water, vinegar, liquid jam, coffee, vegetable oil and sugar until dissolved. Combine both mixtures, knead the dough with a whisk, pour into a mold and bake for about half an hour at 180 degrees.
13. Lean stuffed mushrooms
Choose champignons with large even hats.
You will need: 500 g of mushrooms, 2 potatoes, 1 onion, spices, garlic, herbs and green onions.
Cooking: Boil the potatoes until cooked and mash them with a little liquid and spices. Separate the mushroom caps, chop the legs and fry with onions. Add garlic and herbs there, combine both parts of the filling and stuff the hats. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees.
14. Warm lean salad with zucchini
An independent dish for every day.
You will need: 2 onions, 2 zucchini, 2 eggplants, 2 peppers, 4 tomatoes, garlic, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 200 ml tomato juice, basil, herbs, spices.
Cooking: Cut the onion into rings, the zucchini into slices, and the pepper and eggplant into a cube. Fry the onion, and then add eggplant and pepper to it. After 5 minutes, add zucchini and garlic, and at the end – peeled chopped tomatoes. Season the salad with tomato juice, chopped herbs, basil and spices.
15. Lean vegetable milk soup
Any oat, soy, buckwheat or nut milk will do.
You will need: 1 carrot, 0.5 onion, 1 stalk of celery, 2 potatoes, garlic, spices, 1 tbsp. flour, 250 g canned corn, 4 tbsp. peas, 350 ml of vegetable milk.
Cooking: Finely chop the carrots, onion, celery and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes. Add flour to the vegetables, mix, pour vegetable milk and bring to a boil. Add chopped potatoes and cook until cooked through, and a couple of minutes before the end, add spices, peas and corn.
16. Lean Potato Stew
In fact, the dish is much more interesting than it seems.
You will need: 7 potatoes, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 bay leaf, 5 peppercorns, paprika, spices, 1 bunch of herbs.
Cooking: Cut the onion into large half rings and fry until golden. Add grated carrots to it and continue frying. At the end, add the diced potatoes, season and pour boiling water over the vegetables so that the water slightly covers them.
Continue to simmer until tender, and 5 minutes before the end, add the bay leaf and peppercorns. At the end, mix everything with crushed garlic and chopped herbs.
17. Lean pancakes
To do this, you will need a highly carbonated mineral water.
You will need: 600 ml carbonated mineral water, 2 tbsp. sugar, a pinch of salt, 240 g flour, 1 tbsp. vegetable oil.
Cooking: Mix mineral water with salt and sugar until dissolved. Gradually add the sifted flour to the water, continuing to stir with a whisk. At the end, add butter, make sure there are no lumps in the dough, and fry the pancakes.
18. Lean Bean Soup
We recommend using dry white beans, but soak them overnight beforehand.
You will need: 200 g of beans, 1 l of water, 2 carrots, 1 stalk of celery, 1 onion, 2 tomatoes, garlic, spices.
Cooking: Boil the beans until cooked, and during this time chop the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and fry. Whisk the tomatoes in a blender and add to the vegetables along with the beans and bean liquid. Stir the soup, bring to a boil and boil for another half hour.
19. Lean Avocado Salad
Healthy vegetable fats and fresh herbs!
You will need: 1 carrot, 1 radish, 1 glass of sprouts, 1 bunch of lettuce, 50 g of seeds, 1 avocado, 100 ml of olive oil, 0.5 onions, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, spices.
Cooking: Grate the radish and carrots on a coarse grater, cut the avocado into strips, and randomly chop the salad. Mix olive oil with finely chopped onion, lemon juice and spices and dress the salad. At the end, add sprouts and seeds.
20. Lean mushroom soup with barley
Optionally, you can add more dried forest mushrooms.
You will need: 100 g barley, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 6 champignons, 3 potatoes, 2 tomatoes, 1.5 l of water, spices.
Cooking: Boil the barley for half an hour, and during this time prepare the frying of onions and carrots. Add the mushroom plates to the vegetables, and fry for another 5 minutes. After that, add potatoes and tomatoes, season the soup, add water and boil for 15 minutes after boiling. Put barley in it and leave it to brew for half an hour.