For centuries, the rules of fasting were very strict. Once, all animal products were banned. These days, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are still strict days of fasting, but on other days meals tend to be simple and healthy. In addition, individuals may give up alcohol, meat, or sweets during the Lenten period.
Our collection of recipes for Lent includes regional recipes and recipes from various religious orders. During Lent, practicing Christians strive for a nutritious simplicity in their food, so that their focus may remain on contemplation and repentence in advance of Easter. These recipes include a selection of simple, mostly meat-free, plant-based recipes that supply nutritious simplicity without too much deprivation.