What to eat during Lent? 7 recipes for fasting

Over the year, Christians should hold on four many daylong fastings. Lent is the most priority and harsh among them. In 2012 it will start on 27 February and last till Easter.

The religious should eat only lean food during Lent. That’s why people, who want to hold to this tradition for the first time, wonder for the goods they could eat during Lent.

What to eat during Lent

What to eat for fasting?

At first, there should be non-animal food. So there is no place for meat, fish, eggs, oil, dairy produce and cultured milk foods. Recipes for fasting could include fish and seafood in Yew Sunday and the Annunciation.

And more, recipes for fasting cross off wheat-bread, starchy foods, sweetmeats and mayo. Actually, it is not desirable to eat sweets, even cooked on a vegetable basis during fasting.

What to eat during Lent

Alcohol and smoke are under a ban. In days, like Monday, Wednesday and Friday, must not be added vegetable oil to food.

Therefore, what to eat in lent? Certainty, fasting recipes must have vegetable basis. There are place for fruits, dry fruits, vegetables, roots and beans. In addition, it could be saltings, nuts, mushrooms and grits to eat. Dark and brown bread, croutons and dried biscuitsis allowed among baked goods. Coffee lovers should refrain of that drink. Cup of tea, fruit-drink, jelly or tisane can be good substitution for coffee.

At first sight, Lent may seem to place too hard restrictions. Sure enough, there is huge choice of dishes to eat during fasting. Recipes recommended in that article help you to organize your food during fasting. Surely, food should be simple, but there is no limit for its variety.

What and how to cook during Lent

Lent recipes should bring appeasement instead of being irritable. Here we propose recipes based on ancient Russian customs with elements of modern culinary art. Products, used for it, are delicious and easy for cooking. So, have Lent with pleasure!

What to eat during Lent

To vary your Lent menu, you should hear the following advices about recipes for fasting:

  • You should combine salads with different kind of salad dressings salads - salted, pickled, frozen, and with rice or other grits;
  • Porridges should be cooked only on water and oil-free. To improve taste to porridges should be added frozen berries, dried fruit, honey and nuts. Also don't spare the jelly. Surely you should use different sorts of grits;
  • While cooking Lent soups you should look to correct cooking vegetables – it must be ready at the same time;
  • Fruits are base for such menu. Combine they with baked goods and grits. Have no fear for experiments. For example, pancakes of unleavened doughwith fried onions and carrots are very delicious;
  • Don’t forget about baking. Just make dough without eggs, use water instead of milk, margarine or vegetable oil instead of butter. That is the way to prepare different kind of dough – shortbread or unleavened.

Lent dishes do not require expensive products. They are delicious to eat and easy to cook. Here are recipes you should try to eat during Lent.

Salad with tomatoes and buckwheat

Salad with tomatoes and buckwheatThe happy blend of  tomatoes and buckwheat makes that salad delicious and hearty.


  • Prepared buckwheat porridge – 4 tablespoons (50-60 g.)
  • tomatoes – 1 piece (150-100 g)
  • Chinese cabbage 30 r.

For dressing:

  • vegetable oil – 3 tablespoons,
  • vinegar of 3% – 1 teaspoon,
  • salt – 1/5 teaspoons.


Cook friable buckwheat cereal. Сool it up to the desirable temperature. Tear the Chinese cabbage with hands. Cut tomatoes in cubes. Also at will you can add small pieces of yellow onions, the same is to combine it with sweet pepper. Eat it with dressing and salt for taste!

Lent pancakes with mineral waterrecepty

These are beautiful, delicious pancakes with small holes. This dish is one of the suitable recipes for fasting.


  • sparkling mineral water – 1 glass,
  • flour – if it is necessary,
  • vegetable oil – 1 tablespoon,
  • sugar – 1 teaspoon,
  • salt – to taste


Stir mineral water with flour to a sour cream consistence, combine it with a tablespoon of vegetable oil, salt and sugar, stir it. If it is necessary, dilute dough with mineral water to density of pancakes, but it is not good to do it very liquid. Spread a hot frying pan with vegetable oil and bake. It is possible to eat pancakes with honey, salty saffron milk caps or to stuff with vegetable stuffing.

Сabbage rolls with vegetables and rice

Сabbage rolls with vegetables and riceTo vary menu for fasting help cabbage rolls with vegetables and rice. They are notworse than meat, the same tasty and appetizing to eat.


  • cabbage leaf – 8 pieces,
  • carrot – 4 pieces,
  • onion turnip – 1 piece,
  • vegetable oil – 30 g,
  • tomatoesinownjuice,
  • salt, clove, black bell pepper.


Сabbage rollsPut cabbage leaves in boiling salted water and cook for 5 minutes. Then remove them with a slotted spoon and fill it with cold water. Thick stalks slightly repel. Boil the rice until soft, mixed with vegetables, pre-steamed vegetable oil and salt. By the middle of cabbage leaf put cooked stuff, roll tube, tucking sides. Enter into a saucepan, add tomato paste, extract seasonings taste and let boil. Then put in oven and cook over low heat until tender.

Pea soup

This soup is lean. But through it all, you will be satisfied of its delicious. This is one of the simple recipes for fasting.Pea soup


  • peas - 100 g
  • potatoes - 3 pieces.
  • carrots - 1 pcs.
  • onion turnip - 1 pcs.
  • tomato sauce - 1 tablespoon,
  • pepper, bay leaf, salt, coriander, garlic - for taste.


Soaked peas wash and put to boil until soft. Then add potatoes. Fry carrots, onions, take chopped garlic. Add tomato sauce and seasonings. Stir well, add salt. Roasted vegetables take to the soup, stir. Salt a soup and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve it hot and garnish with croutons.

Fish soup with seafood

Fish soup with  vegetablesOne of the famous Italian recipes of soup with fish and seafood  is very unusual and delicious. In those days of fasting, when allowed to eat fish, it is perfect for a lunch meal.


  • water - 1 liter
  • Fish - 500 g
  • seafood mix - 500 g
  • tomatoes - 1 pcs.
  • tomato paste - 1 tablespoon,
  • stalk celery - 1 pcs.
  • lemon - 1 pcs.
  • Garlic - 3 cloves,
  • salt - to taste
  • parsley - beam
  • dried herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, etc.).


Boil a broth with fish. Cut the garlic and celery finely and fry. Add to this seafood mix and simmer for five minutes. Tomatoes scald with boiling water and remove them from the skin, make them mashed, which with the tomato paste put into a pan with searing. All this put out another 5 minutes. Get out fish from soup, clear it from the bones and cut into small pieces. In the boiling soup add roasters and fish. Add salt. Cook for 10 minutes. The soup is ready; add the lemon juice and herbs.

Monastic porridge

Monastic porridgeThis Lent porridge with different grits - delicious, original and very healthy.


  • different grits - in equal proportions,
  • mushrooms - 400 g
  • onion turnip - 3 pieces.
  • carrots - 1 pcs.
  • Vegetable oil - for frying,
  • salt and spices – for taste.


Pearl barley pre-cook and wash, bring to boil and drain.Millet porridge boil and drain. Wash buckwheat and rice. Mushrooms fried with onions and grated carrot.Form with layers in a saucepan: a layer of whole grits, a layer of vegetables, another layer of grits - a layer of other vegetables. Sprinkle seasoning, salt and add water to a level that the water was just above the top layer. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender.

Vegetarian porridge with "Hercules"

This oatmeal porridge is suitable for meatless days and diet during fasting.


  • Oatmeal - 1 tablespoon,
  • boiling water - 100 ml
  • salt - for taste.


Put boiling water into oatmeal,cover it with top, wait for 10 minutes. Porridge is ready. For taste you can eat it with grated apple or dried fruit or honey, nuts, etc.

Lent recipes for fasting - healthy food!

Hope our Lent menu, recipes recommended above will be useful for keeping the Orthodox tradition during Lent. The dishes offered here, you can easily prepare and surprise your family. In addition, these recipes will be useful for people watching their health, with certain diseases, and - for all fans properly and healthy food.

Enjoy your meal!


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