Lenten Quinoa & Coconut Cream Pudding Recipe

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Eating healthy has been a pretty challenging lifestyle change for us.  Sometimes we do really well and other times not so much.  I’m a meat and potatoes kinda gal with a big sweet tooth (as you can probably tell since most of my recipes are desserts, lol), so it takes enormous amounts of willpower for me to stay away from all the junk I’m used to eating all the time.

I’ve had a bag of quinoa in my pantry for a long time.  I won’t tell you how long because you’ll think I’m totally gross and might call the health department on me.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  There’s no expiration date by the way so don’t judge.  ;)

Even though quinoa is incredibly versatile, I just couldn’t figure out what to make with it.  I’m not a big fan of it by itself and if I sprinkled it randomly into dinner, my boys wouldn’t touch it.  And I really, really wanted to find a way for them to eat it this incredible super food! [Read more...]

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! {OrthodoxMom.com in The Washington Post}

Extra! Extra!

Adventures of an Orthodox Mom is in The Washington Post today!

I was recently contacted by Bonnie Benwick, food editor at The Washington Post about lenten cooking.  She asked lots of great questions like why we fast, if the kids fast and if they know why the do, etc.  I thought it was really neat that she was interested in finding out more about lenten meals, and more importantly, why we cook them.  It was a pleasure chatting with you, Bonnie!  [Read more...]

Lenten Chocolate Chip Cookies {version 2.0}

lenten chocolate chip cookie recipe

We baked up a giant batch of Lenten chocolate chip cookies over the weekend. I was in the mood for a thicker type of cookie and decided to make them in our tart pan like we did these cookies. They turned out super yummy and I was glad we took the time to make them when I enjoyed a few with my tea this morning.

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Cinnamon Bun Waffles {recipe}

Cinnamon Bun Waffles

I don’t know about you guys, but I love finding things my family will eat without complaining and only takes minutes to prepare.   Make it good for fasting days and we’ve got a  keeper.

These cinnamon bun waffles have reappeared on our breakfast menu quite a bit in recent months.  I seriously can’t even call this a recipe because all you do is pop open a can of cinnamon rolls and place them on a greased waffle iron.  When they’re done, spread the icing on instead of using syrup.  I usually serve them with some fresh fruit.

Ace isn’t a fan of regular cinnamon rolls but even he really loves these!  They’re perfect for mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to make breakfast but want something other than cereal or frozen pancakes.

Just be sure to check the ingredients if you want dairy free ones because it depends on the brand.  Normally, I get the Pillsbury Cinnabon kind.

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ways to involve children in the nativity fast

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This morning I dusted off my Christmas binder and began to flip through the pages.  My heart fluttered at the sight of all the beautiful decorations, yummy recipes and sweet memories of Christmases past.  I began to add reminder notes for projects I want to do with the boys this year and scribbled a few new names onto my Christmas card list.  I can hardly believe Christmastime is almost here.

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The Nativity fast, or Advent, begins every year on November 15.   Unlike the start of Great Lent, the start of this fast gets lost somewhere among all the other fall activities.  This means we must make an extra effort to mark it as an important event in our homes.   Advent is also different from Great Lent because there is excitement in the air as we anxiously prepare for God’s greatest gift to mankind.

The Nativity fast is also a slightly easier fast because fish is allowed on most weekends and seafood throughout the week, yet it still ends up feeling more difficult, doesn’t it?  I think this is mainly because the majority of our friends and family are not fasting and are busy pre-celebrating Christmas with parties full of all of the things we are abstaining from.  So, I wanted to compile a list of some suggestions on how to make the holidays a little bit easier so we can continue focusing on the upcoming birth of our Savior.  

It’s so hard not to get caught up in the secular hustle and bustle of the season, but by guarding ourselves against all of that we take so much pressure off ourselves and that creates more room for the peace of Christ to enter our homes and hearts during this special time of year.

Below you’ll find a few delicious recipes to serve at this year’s Christmas parties and lots of ways to help your children prepare for the wonderful feast of the Nativity.

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Vegan Strawberry Banana Muffins with Coconut Oil {recipe}

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Sunday marked the first week of the triodion, which means Great Lent is right around the corner.  I’ve been scouring my cookbooks for our favorite lenten dishes and adding them to my new handy dandy meal planning binder (details coming soon!).

On our most recent trip to a local farm for produce, the boys did some strawberry picking and I wanted to bake something with all of the deliciously fresh strawberries we brought home.  I had recently run across a recipe for these strawberry banana muffins on Love, Joleen Photography and they sounded simply delicious.  So, I whipped up a batch.  My favorite part of this recipe is that it calls for coconut oil.  I’ve been trying to cook and bake more often with coconut oil because it seems I’m hearing more and more about the benefits of it.  Plus, it’s great for non-oil days!

Vegan Strawberry Banana Muffins

(recipe yields approx. 18 muffins)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (can also use all-purpose flour or half and half)
  • 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large and very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 tbs. light brown sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup diced strawberries, stems removed
  • cinnamon & sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, sift and mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and the salt.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the mashed bananas, brown sugar, coconut oil, and the applesauce.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the wet ingredients and fold into the dry ingredients until everything is just combined. Fold in the strawberries. Do not over mix!
5. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners. Lightly spray them with a bit of cooking spray. Scoop the batter into each mold until each is about ¾ of the way full. Sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top of each muffin if desired.
6. Bake for about 13-15 minutes until lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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 I made these last week for our drive to Orlando and they were the perfect snack.  The muffins were not crumbly at all and the kids loved them!

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Lenten Cocoa Roasted Almond Biscotti {recipe}

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i’m a dunking kind of gal. i love to have my tea or coffee as soon as i wake up and something to dunk is almost a necessity. it’s so hard to find good lenten morning snacks though. don’t get me wrong, i can eat chocolate chip cookies and curious george bread till i’m stuffed, but sometimes i’m just in the mood for something different. it feels like i’m always eating the same things when i fast, so i’m usually on a mission to find new recipes.
biscotti are one of my all-time favorite snacks. always have been. and i have scoured the grocery stores looking for any kind that are vegan but i never have any luck. so, i googled for recipes and ran across a few but none that really made me think, yum! so i improvised. i took a couple of different recipes and combined them and then changed a couple of things around. the most important thing i changed were the almonds. i didn’t have any regular almonds, only the cocoa roasted ones. lucky me because they turned out super scrumptious! i wasn’t in the mood for anything super chocolate-y, so these almonds just gave the slightest hint of cocoa, which was perfect.

Lenten Thanksgiving {recipes}

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For those of you planning on keeping the fast during Thanksgiving this year, I’ve compiled a list of some lenten (bka vegan) recipes to help you plan your menu.   Some of them I’ve already tried and loved, a few of them will be on our table for the first time this year.  Hope you enjoy the company of family and loved ones this and contemplate on all the blessings in your life. [Read more...]

Fall Knitting & {lenten} Apple Cake Recipe

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Yesterday was the first morning that you could really feel fall in the air and I knew in a few short hours it would be gone, so I made tea for all of us and headed to the front porch.

The boys played on the playset and I sat on the swing and started working on this beautiful Fifth Avenue scarf. I am still on a NYC high, so the name made me smile and think back on our trip and miss all my favorite ladies.

It was such a gorgeous morning; the sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful shade of blue. Combine that with a good cup of pumpkin creme tea and some fall knitting, and we’re talking serious relaxation time. For a little while anyhow…

Soon thereafter, I found myself sitting on the other side of the porch helping the GI Joes take down Cobra Commander. ;)
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Later that afternoon, I made our first apple cake of the season. Come September, I’m all about apples and pumpkins. Considering it’s still at least 85 degrees here every day, I have to make it feel like fall as much as possible until it finally arrives.

This is a very simple cake, especially now that I finally bought a new apple peeler corer slicer!

The recipe is below.  Enjoy!!

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Apple Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium apples, peeled, cored, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup oil
  • powdered sugar, for sprinkling
  • (You can also add 1 cup of nuts or raisins if desired)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place apples and sugar in pot and simmer until sugar begins to melt. Do not boil apples. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine, flour, spices, salt, (and nuts & raisins if using).
  4. Add oil and vanilla to apples sugar mixture and blend well.
  5. Add to flour mixture and mix until well blended. Batter will be thick.
  6. Spread evenly in a greased pan (I prefer bundt pans for this cake).
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  8. When completely cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Enjoy!!

Lenten Chocolate Doughnut Recipe

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Last weekend, we had company which consisted of nine children including my own, so I decided that snacks were in order.  For the adults, of course. [Read more...]