Fasting as a Family: Planning and Preparing Delicious Lenten Meals

$21.95

Item No. 9781936270521

by Melissa Naasko

Does every fasting day or season find you scanning your pantry shelves in a panic, wondering what in the world to cook for dinner? Help is on the way! Melissa Naasko, food blogger and mother of 11, will walk you through the process of stocking your Lenten pantry, planning meals, providing for tight budgets and dietary restrictions, and cooking easy, delicious, and varied fast-appropriate meals that both kids and adults will love. With worry about food a thing of the past, you'll be able to focus on the spiritual aspect of the fasts as never before. (Includes an extensive recipe section.)

About the Author: Melissa Naasko, a wife and mother of eleven children, lives on a hobby farm in the rugged wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Melissa first learned to cook with her grandmothers, which provided the necessary experience for her to work in catering in a private reception hall. As her family grew, she started teaching classes in cooking, baking, and menu planning, as well as doing contract recipe development from home. Melissa enjoys writing and speaking to mothers’ groups and homeschooling conferences on topics of faith, food, and family.

 

Author: Melissa Naasko

Format: Paperback

Also available as an ebook

Dimensions: 8 X 8.75 inches

Page Length: 176 pages

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

ISBN: 9781936270521

Retail Price: $21.95

Interview with Melissa Naasko, author of Fasting as a Family

LOOK INSIDE... Fasting as a Family: Planning and Preparing Delicious Lenten Meals

 
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Item No. 9781936270521

by Melissa Naasko

Does every fasting day or season find you scanning your pantry shelves in a panic, wondering what in the world to cook for dinner? Help is on the way! Melissa Naasko, food blogger and mother of 11, will walk you through the process of stocking your Lenten pantry, planning meals, providing for tight budgets and dietary restrictions, and cooking easy, delicious, and varied fast-appropriate meals that both kids and adults will love. With worry about food a thing of the past, you'll be able to focus on the spiritual aspect of the fasts as never before. (Includes an extensive recipe section.)

About the Author: Melissa Naasko, a wife and mother of eleven children, lives on a hobby farm in the rugged wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Melissa first learned to cook with her grandmothers, which provided the necessary experience for her to work in catering in a private reception hall. As her family grew, she started teaching classes in cooking, baking, and menu planning, as well as doing contract recipe development from home. Melissa enjoys writing and speaking to mothers’ groups and homeschooling conferences on topics of faith, food, and family.

 

Author: Melissa Naasko

Format: Paperback

Also available as an ebook

Dimensions: 8 X 8.75 inches

Page Length: 176 pages

Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing

ISBN: 9781936270521

Retail Price: $21.95

Interview with Melissa Naasko, author of Fasting as a Family

LOOK INSIDE... Fasting as a Family: Planning and Preparing Delicious Lenten Meals

 

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Indispensable Fast-Friendly Food Guide for All

I was not raised Orthodox nor did learn anything about fasting growing up. I converted to Orthodoxy as an adult and on the food side of things, fasting has always been a confusing struggle with a barrage of meals that give the tastebuds and stomach a "meh" or a more unbearable "bleh." As I've been learning to fast, I've spent countless hours pouring over vegan internet recipes and the like. While a few gems exist on the inter-webs ((i.e. alwayslent.wordpress.com), I have not yet found, all in one place, the treasure of information and recipes that Fasting as a Family provides.
When I received this book, I practically read it cover-to-cover within days and I immediately started making recipes from it (all with great success). It features a concise and very useful intro and first part with valuable spiritual, meal-planning, and recipe inspiration. The recipe instructions thorough and clear, great for someone like myself with somewhat inept cooking abilities.
I'm in my first years of learning to cook as a parent for my small family and I also have multiple dietary restrictions. Preparing fast-friendly food has always been a guessing-game with many kitchen failures because I can't eat many of the oft-used meat/dairy alternatives in vegan recipes.
When I read the book description and noticed that dietary restrictions and food budgets are discussed, I was thrilled. I am so pleased with how thoroughly these topics are addressed, particularly food restrictions. This book contains gluten free, nut free and nightshade free recipes and recipe options. Furthermore, so many recipes are soy free, which is amazingly fantastic in a vegan world where tofu is so prominently used, yet it is something I cannot eat.
This book is such a blessing in my life right now and I'm sure it will be a great resource and help through other fasts in the future.
The only thing I want to add that I did not see mentioned is the wonderful process of sprouting legumes, nuts and grains. I've found great digestive and flavorful joy from sprouting as many fast-friendly food ingredients as possible (beans, lentils, chickpeas, nuts, rice, etc.) This extra step may not be for everyone (takes a bit more prep time) but as one who heartily struggles with digesting legumes, sprouting allows me to consume even more bean-filled fasting dishes (well, sprouting AND fermenting things too).
Thank you Mrs. Naasko and all others who contributed to making this book available. May God grant you many years!
Posted by Ruth Jensen on 17th Mar 2018