If you’re stumped on where to begin with the fast and aren’t sure exactly how to prepare a meal that your family will come within 10 feet of this sample menu is for you. It’s easy, and sure to please!
- 1 & 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup of quick cooking oatmeal
- 1 apple, peeled and diced
- small handful of nuts
In a small pot place 1 cup of water on high heat to boil, and add 1/2 cup of oatmeal cook oatmeal to package instructions.
Place the remaining water in a small saute pan with apples. Sprinkle Apples with cinnamon. Cook on medium high heat until apples are softened and the water has evaporated. Add nuts to pan. Add oatmeal to apple nut mixture and stir to incorporate. Serve with extra cinnamon and a splash of low fat milk.
Banana Berry Smoothie
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup yogurt, I like to use non fat plain or low fat vanilla
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup white grape or apple juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Walnuts and Baked Potatoes
- 1 bag baby spinach
- 1 pint of strawberries, sliced
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Potatoes and favorite meat free toppings
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, place potato on the rack and bake until soft. In a large bowl combine spinach, sliced strawberries and walnuts. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil and toss. Serve with baked potatoes.
Family Friendly Dinner:
- 1 package of dry active yeast
- 1 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 3 cups flour ( wheat, spelt…)
- Cheese (dairy or soy)
- Veggies: Black olives, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, artichokes, and any other veggie you might want
Fill your mixer bowl with very hot water and allow it to warm for about 5 minutes. This will keep the water you will be adding to your yeast to stay warm enough for the yeast to work it’s magic. Drain the water out of the bowl and add warm water, and yeast. Give it a little bit of a stir, and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes. It should start to bubble and start to smell yeasty.
Add the salt, olive oil and flour. Place the dough hook attachment onto the mixer. Mix at a low speed until the dough starts to come together, about 2 or 3 minutes. Increase the speed one notch, and continue mixing until the dough forms a ball that cleans the side of the bowl, another 3 or 4 minutes.
If the dough looks too dry add a little bit of water. If it looks too wet, add a little bit of flour. You are looking for a nice ball of dough that cleans the sides of the bowl. Work in small increments so that you don’t add too much flour or water.
Grease a bowl with some olive oil and place the dough in the bowl, turning to grease the entire ball of dough. Cover with a clean dish towel and set in a warm place. I like to place it on top of my oven and preheat my oven. Allow the dough to rest for about an hour or until doubled in size.
Grease two pizza pans with a little olive oil. Divide dough in half, and press into pan. Allow the dough to rest for about 15 minutes. It will be puffy when you come back to it. Press it down, and poke with a fork.
Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 8 minutes to give the crust a head start on cooking. Top with desired sauce, cheese, and toppings and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.
With a little planning, you can easily do this fast and make it family friendly too. God bless you on your fast! Happy Cooking!