St Herman's Orthodox Church
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Sonia Pardun Lenten Recipes

Lenten Potluck Meal Ideas 2012 

  • Leek Soup: ( 
  • Curried Sweet Potatoes
  • Roasted Vegetables 
  • Nachos 
  • Vegetarian Chili, Slow Cooker or Crockpot Recipe 
  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot Chili Directions 
  • Vegan Pancakes 
  • Ingredients 
  • Spaghetti with Walnut Sauce 
  • Squash Soup with Peanut Butter 

Leek Soup

2 14.5oz cans of diced tomatoes (you can, of course, use fresh tomatoes, or one large can of 25oz - 28oz).
1 large onion, choppped
4 cloves of garlic, pressed (or more if you feel a particular desire for more)
2 Tbs oil ( - which it really doesn't need!!!)
6 Large Leeks, white part, chopped. (I use some of the green parts too - the softer, light green parts).
1 large celery stalk, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
6 cups of vegetable broth
1/4 cup of cabbage, chopped (for some reason, the red cabbage adds more flavor to this soup, than the green)
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp thyme
Salt & Pepper to taste

I sometimes add a few potatoes, chopped. 

Regular directions: (with oil) - In a large soup pot, heat oil and cook onion till nearly translucent. Add the garlic. Saute a few more minutes. Add the remaining vegetables and saute some more. Add seasonings. Put all the sauted veggies in a crock pot, add tomatoes and broth. Cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.

When cooking without the oil - it's much easier, just dump everything into the pot as your chopping each ingredient, add the liquids, cook till everything is done. 

Curried Sweet Potatoes
Fr. Kryil Riggs

4-½ lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes 
1 tsp. Salt 
1 c. dried apricots, loosely packed and cut into slivers 
½ c. raisins
1 T. canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tsp. mild curry powder

Place sweet potatoes in a pot of cold water (should be covered with about 1" of water). Add salt and boil, then simmer for about 8-12 minutes. Drain well. Meanwhile, combine apricots and raisins in a small bowl and pour over them 1 cup of boiling water. Let sit about 10 minutes. In a large, deep skillet, cook the onions in oil. Add curry powder and cook about 2 more minutes, until the smell changes. Add cooked sweet potatoes, apricots, raisins, and liquid from the fruits. Season with salt and pepper. Heat stirring gently, until heated through.

Roasted Vegetables

Vegetable ideas:
sweet potatoes
bell peppers (cut in 2+” pieces)
Brussels sprouts (halved)
white potatoes
onion (cut in 2+” pieces)
acorn or butternut squash

Cut your choice of vegetables into like-sized pieces (1” cubed works well). Toss with canola or coconut oil. Sprinkle with salt (kosher is delicious) and black pepper. Spread in a single layer on multiple cookie sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Done when vegetables are soft and browned. Excellent with rice. 


Instead of meat and cheese, think black beans and lots of flavor.
Cook dried black beans with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and cumin.

Soak 1lb of dried black beans in cold water overnight (6-8 hours). Drain and rinse beans. Put beans in crock pot with enough vegetable broth or water to cover them with ½ inch of liquid. Add 1-2 chopped chipotle peppers (sold in cans by the salsa) and 4+ chopped cloves of garlic. Cook on high (4-6 hours) or low (6-8 hours) until beans are very soft. If possible check beans every few hours to make sure they are still covered by the liquid, or add enough liquid to cover beans with 1” of liquid.

When beans are fully cooked, add 2 TBL spoons of ground cumin and salt to taste. These beans will taste even better if they are made a few days ahead and heated up when it is time to serve. 

Serve with corn chips, a variety of salsas, Romaine lettuce, fresh cilantro, lime wedges, or some fresh guacamole. 

Leftover chipotle peppers freeze very well. 

Vegetarian Chili, Slow Cooker or Crockpot Recipe                                                               
Ingredients for 6 servings: 
3 cups cooked kidney beans, with 6 cups cooking liquid 
OR: 3 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed, plus 6 cups water
1 cup bulgar or cracked wheat
One 6 oz can unsalted tomato paste
2 Tbsp Canola oil
Optional: 1 can crushed or chopped tomatoes
Optional: 1 medium red onion, peeled, quartered and diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced small
1 jalapeno peppers, halved, seeded, and minced - approx. 1 Tbsp ((add another for more heat)
1 - 2 Tbsp fresh ginger (2 - 4 thin slices) peeled & minced, OR 1 tsp dried
2 - 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (approx. 1 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder to make it mild, 1 tsp to make it hot, more to make it fiery
2 bay leaves
2 tsp each: paprika, gr. cumin   
1 tsp each: dried thyme, basil, oregano
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1/2 c. minced parsley or cilantro
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Kidney beans: 
1. 1 cup dried dark red kidney beans
2. Soak 4 hours in hot water, or overnight
3. Drain, rinse, add 6 cups unsalted water
4. Bring to a boil, skim foam, cover and simmer 2 hours

Slow Cooker or Crockpot Chili Directions  
1. Turn an 8 - 10 qt crockpot on high
2. Add cooked beans, cooking liquid or water, bulgar or cracked wheat, tomato paste, and bay leaves to the crockpot
3. After sautéing the veggies & spices, transfer them to the slow cooker
4. Reduce crockpot heat to low, cover and cook 4 - 6 hrs
5. Add corn, fresh herbs, and soy sauce to taste. Cook covered for 30 min on high heat.

Vegan Pancakes 

Prep Time: 5 Min Cook Time: 10 Min     Ready In: 15 Min     Servings: 12

5 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 TBL and 2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ TBL grated cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups water
1/4 cup oil
1. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk the water, vanilla, and oil together in a small bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the wet. Stir just until blended; mixture will be lumpy.
2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry (will not turn as brown as regular pancakes). Flip, and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.

Serve with some of the following toppings:
maple syrup
peanut butter
powdered sugar
fresh fruit

Spaghetti with Walnut Sauce

Cook noodles as usual. Add flavor to pre-made sauce by adding minced garlic, ground black pepper, fresh tomatoes, or chopped sun-dried tomatoes. 

For a heartier sauce, add finely chopped toasted walnuts. If sauce gets too thick add vegetable broth or tomato sauce. 

Try adding fresh chopped basil or parsley to heated sauce just before serving. 

Excellent served with steamed frozen peas. 

Squash Soup with Peanut Butter 

1 roasted butternut squash or 4-5 cups frozen squash
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 bay leaf (optional)
1 TBL thyme or sage
Tabasco or other hot sauce, to taste (optional)
Vegetable broth (or water)
¾ cup peanut butter, more or less to taste
1 can coconut milk (optional) 
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine squash, carrots, celery, onion, bay leaf, herbs, and hot sauce in a soup pot. Add enough broth to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are soft. Add broth as needed. 

For pureed soup, take out bay leaf, remove from heat, and blend. Return to pot, mix in peanut butter and coconut milk. Simmer on low for at least 10 minutes before serving.

For thicker soup, take out bay leaf and mix in peanut butter and coconut milk. Simmer on low for at least 10 minutes before serving.

This soup is excellent when made a few days before serving. 

To roast squash, cut in half length-wise, scoop out seeds and place on baking dish. Cook for 45-60 minutes at 400 degrees. Let cool and then peel off skin before adding to soup. 

From Laurie's Kitchen

Lentil-Bulgur Salad

From Moosewood Cookbook

Preparation Time: Yield: 6 servings +

30-40 minutes


Similar to Tabouli, but more complex (although no more difficult to prepare), this salad is a perfectly balanced protein dish that can be served as a main course – especially for lunch on a hot summer day. All you need to complete the meal is toasted pita bread and some ripe fresh fruit for dessert. This is also a good dish to bring to potluck parties. You can easily double the amounts.


1 cup dry lentils 2-3 Tbs. freshly minced dill (or 2 to 3 tsp. dried dill)

2 cups water fresh black pepper to taste

1 cup dry bulgur wheat ¼ cup (packed) freshly minced parsley

1 cup boiling water 1/3 cup finely minced red onion

¼ cup olive oil 1 small bell pepper (any color) diced

¼ cup lemon juice ½ stalk celery, finely minced

2 medium cloves garlic, crushed ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (when not fasting)

1 tsp. salt ½ cup Nicoise olives ( a scant ¼ lb.)

½ tsp. oregano 1 medium-sized tomato diced

2 Tbs. freshly minced mint ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts

Squeezable wedges of lemon, for garnish


1. Place the lentils in a medium-sized saucepan, cover with water and bring just to the boiling point. Turn the heat way down, partially cover and allow to simmer without agitation for 20-25 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Drain well, then transfer to a large bowl.


2. While the lentils are cooking, place the bulgur in a small bowl. Add boiling water, cover with a plate and let stand 10-15 minutes while getting the other ingredients ready.


3. Add everything to the lentils, except tomato chucks, walnuts and lemon wedges. Mix gently but thoroughly. Cover tightly and refrigerate.


4. Just before serving, top with tomatoes and walnuts. Garnish with the lemon wedges.

Favorite Lenten Recipes

Submitted by Nancy Soldatow 

German Potato Salad

 Cube 6 small cooked potatoes while still warm (red potatoes work best: they are firmer)
Add onion (to taste) diced fine
Little sugar (approx 1/2 tbsp.) salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil: about 2 tbsp. to 6 potatoes
2 tbsp. hot water
Vinegar to taste: try 2 tbsp. at first (white or cider vinegar)
Mix all well together and taste after standing awhile-add more seasoning if necessary.
(for a larger quantity- doubling the recipe equals about 1/2 gallon)


Tomato Soup

1 quart fresh tomatoes pieces, peeled or 1 -#2 1/2 size can tomatoes and juice or 2 pt container frozen tomatoes (thaw frozen tomatoes first)
1 slice onion (or to taste)
2 cups water (or vegetable water from cooking veggies) (I keep a container in the freezer and save the water)
2 teas. sugar
1 1/2 teas. salt
1 tbsp. soft butter or margarine
2 tbsp. flour
Put tomatoes into the blender, cover (always an important step) process at low until tomoatos are liquified.
Put into a saucepan and add the margarine. (bigger than 2 qt.)
put remaining ingredients into the blender, cover and process into smooth.
Add to tomatoes in saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer about 20 minutes.
Yields 4-6 servings.
Always good with rice or noodles added or frozen veggies.


Applesauce Loaf Cake

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 teas. baking soda
1 cup cold unsweetened applesauce
1 cup rainsin and nuts cut in pieces (I used dried cranberries instead of raisins-worked fine)
1/2 teas. powdered clove
1 teas. cinnamon
2 cups flour
Cream butter (or margarine), add sugar gradually.
Add baking soda to applesauce and add to butter (margarine) and sugar.
Add other ingredients and bake in greased and floured loaf pan at 350 for 40 minutes (I found that 50-55 minutes is better but test with a cake tester.)
Recipes doubles easily for 2 loaves and freezes well.  Just watch cooking time to be sure it is done.
Can also be topped with a lemon flavored icing.


Submitted by Tony Dunlop

Split Pea Soup

3 C. dried split peas
7 C. (or more) water
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. salt
1/2 – 1 tsp. dry mustard
2 C. minced onion
4 – 5 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
3 stalks celery, minced
2 med. carrots, sliced
1 small potato, thinly sliced
Plenty of black pepper, to taste
3 – 4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Suggestion: Use a food processor for the mincing and slicing and it goes pretty quickly.
1. Rinse the dried peas. Place peas, water, bay leaf, salt, and dry mustard in a kettle or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 20 minutes.
2. Add onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and potato. Partially cover, and simmer for another 40 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Add more water if necessary.
3. Add black pepper and vinegar just before serving. Top with diced tomato if desired.
This is one of my staples during fasting periods. I’ll send more recipes as Great Lent approaches.

Basic Baked Beans

Soak overnight:
1 lb. dry Navy or Great Northern beans
2 quarts water.
In the same liquid, bring the beans to a boil, and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Drain the beans, but reserve the liquid.
Preheat the oven to 285 degrees.
In a 2 quart casserole dish, combine:
The cooked beans;
Molasses and brown sugar to total 1/2 cup (you’ll find the combination that tastes best to you through trial and error);
1/4 cup ketchup;
1 teaspoon brown mustard;
2 teaspoons salt;
1 medium onion, chopped;
Enough bean liquid to cover it all.

Bake for about 6 hours, covered for the first three hours, then uncovered. Add reserved bean liquid as needed to keep the beans from scorching.


Submitted by Laurie Rother

Coconut Curry Chick Peas on Rice

1 onion, diced
1-2 potatoes, diced
1 can chick peas, drained
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can coconut milk
¼ c. mild curry paste (like Pataks)
 Put all into a pot and cook until the potatoes are tender, about ½ hour.
 Serve over cooked rice.
 Prep. Time about 45 minutes

 Note: Cub has several types of coconut milk from different countries and all vary in price. The one I used was from Thailand and was about $.99. They also had the curry.

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