Vegetarian Mondays

For Lent we are inviting people to eat vegetables on Mondays. Giving up something for Lent is an ancient discipline intended to make us mindful of our dependence on God and our need to sacrifice for God when necessary. The word “carnival” means the last feast of meat before Lent begins (carne-vale is old Latin for “farewell to meat.”)

 

This Lenten discipline has three goals:

·         To make us mindful of what we eat rather than eating simply from habit or for convenience. To eat with reverence and gratitude to God for all our food. To eat a healthier diet that may reduce risk of chronic diseases.

·         To support the ELCA World Hunger program with the money we save from not eating meat on Mondays. To share our bountiful food resources by eating lower on the food chain.

·         To reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. To care for God’s creation, including animals raised for human consumption.

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Vegetable Monday is easy:

1.      Eat a vegetarian meal on the six Mondays during Lent.

2.     Donate the money you save to the ELCA hunger program. The amount saved from supper is suggested in each week’s handout, but you can also donate the amount saved from breakfast and lunch, too. In fact, donate all you can; there are more than 960 million hungry people in the world!

 

Recipes. Use the following recipes for your main meal, or use any of your own meatless meals. Most of these recipes contain complete protein (cheese, eggs, or a combination such as beans + rice). If you eat a low-fat diet, you may need to choose recipes more carefully. Or go to the Meatless Monday website at http://meatlessmonday.com for lots of ideas.

 

VEGETABLE MONDAY (WEEK 1)

TABLE PRAYER

God, for daily bread, we give thanks.

To those who have bread, give hunger for justice,

And to those who hunger, give bread. Amen.

(Nicaraguan prayer)

RECIPE

Taco Chili

1      can ranch-style beans or chili beans (don’t drain)

1      can pinto beans (drain)

1    can white hominy (drain)

1    8-ounce can tomato sauce

1      14 ½- ounce can diced tomatoes (Hunt’s stewed tomatoes are good)

1      can whole kernel corn (drain)

1      can mild Rotel (leave this out if you don’t like spicy food)

1      packet taco seasoning (mild if you don’t like spicy food)

1    packet dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing

Put all ingredients in a pot and heat.

Top with cheese and you won’t miss the meat.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE HUNGRY?

Cost of 1 ½ pound of extra-lean ground sirloin: $3.99

Please put this amount in ELCA World Hunger envelope and bring it to church next Sunday.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE EARTH?

·         Half of all fresh water worldwide is used for thirsty livestock.

·         The water necessary for one pound of steak equals the water consumption of the average household for a year.
 

VEGETABLE MONDAY (WEEK 2)

TABLE PRAYER

God, we remember all those who have been affected

by weather that has threatened and destroyed homes and habitats.

We pray especially for those who have no homes and no

shelters in times such as these. We ask that your

hand would protect them and keep them safe.

May our paths cross with theirs so that we might

have an opportunity to love and serve them. Amen

(Sojourners)

 

RECIPE

Fried Rice

1 small onion or ½ cup green onions

Other diced vegetables- carrots, celery, green pepper (whatever you wish)

2 Tbs. vegetable oil

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

1 cup frozen peas

2 cups cooked rice (better cold; cook ahead if possible)

2 Tbs. soy sauce

2 eggs, beaten

Cook onion and other veggies until tender. Stir in rice, mushrooms, peas, soy sauce.

Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, 5-7 minutes.

Stir in eggs.

 Cook and stir until eggs are done, 4-5 minutes longer.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE HUNGRY?

Cost of 1 pound of pork:  $4.69

Please put this amount in ELCA World Hunger envelope and bring it to church next Sunday.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE EARTH?

·         The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse emissions that are accelerating climate change world- wide—far more than transportation.

 

VEGETABLE MONDAY (WEEK 3)

TABLE PRAYER

Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest;

Let these gifts to us be blessed.

Blessed be God, who is our bread,

May all the world be clothed and fed. Amen

 

RECIPE

Curry Garbonzo and Potatoes

2 tsp. vegetable oil

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

½ cup chopped onion

4 tsp. flour

1 tsp. mild curry powder (adjust to taste)

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ - ½ tsp. black pepper

2 ½ cups of water

1 ¾ cups diced unpeeled uncooked potatoes

1 cup peeled, sliced granny smith apples (2 apples)

1 cup frozen peas (thawed)

1 can garbonzo beans, drained

 6 cups cooked rice

Heat oil.

Add pepper and onions, sauté.

Sprinkle with flour, curry, salt, cumin, and pepper.

Stir.

Add water and potatoes.

Reduce heat, cover, simmer until potatoes are tender.

Add Apples, peas, beans. Simmer 15 minutes.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE HUNGRY?

Cost of 1 pound boneless chicken breasts: $4.49

Please put this amount in ELCA World Hunger envelope and bring it to church next Sunday.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE EARTH?

·         Currently, 98% of chickens in the US are produced by large corporations. They are often raised in cages or in buildings so crowded that they cannot move about. Sometimes their beaks are cut off. (If you eat chicken, look for label “humanely raised.”)

 

VEGETABLE MONDAY (WEEK 4)

TABLE PRAYER

O Christ, you have conquered all the forces of evil.

During these days of Lent, may we find our strength in you,

So that we might serve god by helping those

Who suffer from the evil of hunger.

(Bread for the World Prayer)

 

RECIPE

Easy Baked Ziti

Sauce

2  15-oz container ricotta cheese

3 Tbs olive oil

2 tst garlic powder

2 garlic cloves, minced                

1 tsp salt

2 28-oz cans crushed tomatoes     

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

¾ tsp salt                                      

2 tsp dried basil

1 tsp sugar                                     

½ cup grated Parmisian

pepper  

Reggiano or Pecorino Romano

2 cups shredded mozzarella or

1 ½ lb ziti or other short pasta         

Provolone cheese

Heat olive oil; add garlic and cook 1 minute.

Add tomatoes, cover and bring to boil.

Reduce heat and simmer 20 min.

Add salt, sugar, and pepper.

Preheat oven to 350.

Coat a 13x9 pan with cooking spray.

Cook ziti 3 min less than package directions indicate. Drain.

Reserve ½ cup cooking water.

Place pasta, ricotta, salt, garlic powder, basil, red and black pepper, and half the Parmigiano

cheese in large bowl and mix, adding few spoons of cooking water until creamy.

Add tomato sauce and mix.

Put in baking dish.

Sprinkle with remainder of Parmigiano and mozzarella.

Cover with foil and bake 30-45 minutes.

Remove foil during last 10 minutes of cooking. 

Serves 10.     

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE HUNGRY?

Cost of 1 pound of ground beef: $2.89

Please put this amount in ELCA World Hunger envelope and bring it to church next Sunday.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE EARTH?

·         More than 70% of the grain produced in the United States is fed to livestock, most of it to cattle. How many more hungry people in the world could be fed with the grain we feed our cattle?

 

VEGETABLE MONDAY (WEEK 5)

TABLE PRAYER

Jesus, you told us that we would always have the poor. And God,

we acknowledge the special concern you have for the poor,

the oppressed, and the marginalized. So give us eyes to see them around us,

give us wisdom to know how to help,

and give us the boldness and fortitude to take action to stand with them

and on their behalf.  Amen.

(Sojourners Magazine)

 

RECIPE

Rice-Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

1 Tbs. oil

1 medium onion. chopped

1 5-oz. jar plain Cheese Whiz

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 pkg. frozen broccoli or fresh broccoli, cooked

1 cup rice, cooked (brown or white)

 

Saute onions in oil.

Then add soup and mix.

Add Cheese Whiz and mix til melted. Heat for a few minutes.

Take off heat.

Add rice and mix.

Put into oven at 375 and bake 15-20 minutes..

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE HUNGRY?

Cost of 1 pound of ham: $3.49

Please put this amount in ELCA World Hunger envelope and bring it to church next Sunday.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE EARTH?

·         Every year, some farmers feed about 25 million pounds of antibiotics to livestock for growth promotion and disease prevention, almost 8 times the amount given to humans to treat disease.

 

 

VEGETABLE MONDAY (WEEK 6)

TABLE PRAYER

We pray: …give us neither poverty nor riches;

feed us with the food we need,

or we may be full and deny you, and say “Who is the Lord?”

or we shall be poor, and steal, and profane the name of our God.

Keep us humble and mindful of you, of your provision, of your mercy.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Adapted from Proverbs 30:8-9)

 

 RECIPE

Quiche

9-inch pie shell

2 cups shredded sharp natural Cheddar cheese

1/3 cup finely chopped onion

Frozen or fresh broccoli, cut small, gently cooked

4 eggs

2 cups half-and-half

¾ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne red pepper if desired

 

Prepare pastry.

Sprinkle cheese, onion, broccoli on bottom of pie crust.

Beat eggs slightly.

Beat in rest of ingredients.

Pour egg mixture into pie plate.

Cook at 425 for 15 minutes;

turn oven down to 300,

cook 30 minutes more until knife comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE HUNGRY?

Cost of 1 pound of bacon: $3.88

Please put this amount in ELCA World Hunger envelope and bring it to church next Sunday.

 

HOW AM I HELPING THE EARTH?

·         What is the single most effective thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint? Eat vegetarian meals!