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Lent recipes on a budget
March 2, 2012, 9:33 AM
Filed under: recipes

It’s Friday and its Lent.  For some of you that means no meat, chicken, or pork.  For others that’s all 40 days and for some that’s just on Fridays during lent.  Growing up in our house Fridays during lent ment PIZZA!  As kids, we thought that was the best night of the week.  We also did this every Friday of the year.  It was family time, and I am sure our parents wanted it to remind us of a sacrifice, but to us kids it was better than the usual dinner (no sacrifice there)!  If you are not familiar with this tradition let me give you a brief summary of these traditions.

The History of Lent goes back to the early Christians who took this 40 days of lent as a time of penance, reflection, and fasting.  In early days at the beginning of Lent Ash Wednesday the christians would attend church and receive sackcloth to wear ans ashes on their heads to remind them to humble themselves and remind us that we came from dust and will return to dust.  It also prepares us for our redemption in Jesus Christ on the day of resurrection Easter Sunday.  In this tradition, the Christians would wear these garments and lead a life of fasting until Munday Thursday when they would return to church for the first time since Ash Wednesday.  The ashes are made from the burning of the previous years palms.  Which are used on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter.

The tradition of meeatless Fridays comes from the sacrificial portion of this practice.  It was meant to remind us of Jesus’ sacrifice and suffering for our redemption by His death on the cross.  Sacrificing meat or some other item or practice we enjoy, is intended to give us more time to focus on God and refocus our attention away from what we thought was important.  Meat became popular for this practice because it was seen either as an inconvenience, or as a valuable commodity.  An inconvenience because the church thought we should inconvenience ourselves as a reminder to make God the top priority in our life.  A valuable commodity in some countries because of its high price and therefore special treat, it reminds us that there are people less fortunate than we.

  A quick meal on a budget is pizza.  You can make it at home for a fraction of the price.  You will need refrigerated pizza dough, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and oregano.  You can also make a white version of pizza using ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.  You can also add vegetables to make a healthier option.

To start, take out the pizza dough and unroll onto a pizza stone or plate.  Pizza stones are the best and helps evenly cook everything including pizza.  Next spread sauce out over the dough and sprinkle what ever toppings you wish, include oregano.  Some of our favorites include  zucchini, peppers, onions, broccoli, and when not in the Lenten season; chicken, sausage and pepperoni.

Our favorite one is a white pizza with ranch dressing, and buffalo flavored chicken chunks, and a mix of mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. The last time I made it I added the leftover green beans.  Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Another tip is to pull out some of the refrigerated bread sticks cut and season with butter and parmesan cheese and oregano.  Bust out some pasta sauce for dipping or make some olive oil dipping sauce.  This will quickly become a family favorite and is a party pleaser as well.

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