Thursday, February 15, 2007

Cheesefare Fare?

For those accustomed to the Orthodox Great Fast, Cheesefare week is easy! After some years of it, we know the routine and pull out our family favorites for using up and enjoying the last fling with milk, eggs and butter – until after the fast.

For those new to Orthodox fasting traditions, even Cheesefare week might be a bit of a challenge. What does one do after the family says no more blini and quesadillas? Even though the week is quickly waning, we’ll share a few ideas and some of our family favorites to help you get through!

Some of the following will simply be menu suggestions. For some ideas, we will also share some recipes.

Enjoy the rest of this most blessed week of preparation!

Easy Breakfasts:

Cheese Grits
Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies
Quesadillas, with an egg on the side
Breakfast Burritos (without meat)
Bagels with Cream Cheese
Blini, Pancakes or Waffles
Breakfast Casserole (without sausage!)

Easy Lunches or Quick Suppers:

Cheese or Cheese & Veggie Pizzas (can do homemade or start w/frozen)
Haystacks – Recipe Below
Bean & Cheese Burritos
Veggie Cheese Burgers
Baked Potatoes w/Sour Cream, Grated Cheese & Diced Onions & other Veggies
Macaroni & Cheese – boxed type, w/soy hot dogs cut up in it
REAL Macaroni & Cheese – Recipe Below
Potatoes Au Gratin - w/Onions, Garlic, etc.
Chalupas – w/Cheese, Beans & Guacamole
Creamy Pumpkin or Winter Squash Soup
Cheese Fondue
Blini, Pancakes or Waffles, w/sour cream and/or soft cheeses
Taco Salad – with beans, cheese & ground (soy) crumbles
Chef Salad – with cheese cubes, boiled eggs, etc.
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches w/Tomato Soup on Side
Cheese Submarine Sandwiches
Potato & Cheese Pirogies
Cheese & Spinach Ravioli (Italian pirogies!)
Pasta with Pesto or Alfredo Sauce
Cheese Enchiladas
Chili Rellenos
Pasta Salad w/veggies, cubed cheese, boiled eggs

St. George's Orthodox ChurchRio Grande Valley of Tropical South Texaswww.stgeorgepantry.org

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