Five fasting menu ideas

Fasting during the Lent is pretty common in Greece. Most people stay away from meat and dairy and some even fast from fish and oil, up until Easter. Naturally, there are lots of dishes in Greek cuisine that are ideal for vegetarians, vegans and even people with food allergies. Here follow five simple ideas for fasting meals and snacks.

  • Olive-bread rolls

Ideal option for people that fast from oil. Take half a bag of all purpose flour, mix it with a pinch of salt and sugar, as well as a tablespoon of dried yeast. Add enough water to make a smooth dough and let that rest, while you mix some olives (roughly 14.1oz), with a dash of flour, some garlic and a little oregano. Cut the dough into pieces, spread them, add a generous amount of the olive stuffing into each sheet of dough and roll. Once you’ve created your rolls, sprinkle them with water and some sesame seeds. Bake for 20mins. Delicious!

  • Baguette with olives, tomato and lettuce.

Another great snack for those that stay away from oil! The olives give you the energy you need, the fresh bread satisfies your hunger, while the tomatoes and lettuce add the necessary nutrients to your diet. If you want to jazz things up, I suggest a dusting of cumin and some slices of cucumber. Perhaps some beans thrown in there too…

  • Lentil salad

  This is such a tasty meal. Start by boiling some lentils and chopping up the following ingredients:  a handful of green olives (Halkidiki are my favorite of this kind), a handful of Kalamon olives, some sundried tomatoes, a red pepper and a few fresh tomatoes. Make a sauce by mixing some good quality olive oil with garlic and a little balsamic vinegar. Season to taste and mix what you chopped with the lentils and the lovely sauce.

  • Rigatoni with octopus

This recipe is a favorite of mine. Chop up your octopus and let it cook for a while in its own juices. Add one chopped onion and a good amount of extra virgin olive oil. For extra flavor, use some wine, salt, pepper and a bay leaf or two. Take a bag of tomatoes, dice them and add them in your pot. Once the octopus gets softened, add the rigatoni and cook according to the instructions.

  • Two-minute-brownie

Who said there are no sweets when you are fasting! 2 minute brownie is so quick and easy! Mix ¼ cup flour and ¼ cup sugar, with 2 tablespoons cocoa and a pinch of salt. Add 2 tablespoons of melted butter and an equal amount of the coffee that’s probably sitting in your mug already (if you aren’t fasting you can try milk instead of coffee). Stir and pop it in the microwave for one minute. Your brownie should be ready. Feel free to throw some dairy-free ice-cream on top. 


photo by by YoAmes

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