Ash Wednesday kicked off the season of Lent this week. Thought I don’t celebrate Lent in a traditional manner, I believe Lent is a great time to focus on God as we prepare for Easter.
What is Lent?
Lent is the 40 day period of time (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until the Thursday prior to Good Friday. This year Lent runs from March 5 to April 17.
The purpose of Lent is for people to prepare their hearts for the celebration of Easter, which is arguably Christianity’s most important holiday. Traditionally, people celebrate Lent by giving up meat either all together or on Fridays. When they eat their meatless meals, they are reminded to focus on Jesus and his sacrifice for us.
In modern times, people have chosen to include various luxuries for the Lenten fast. This year I’ve read about people giving up Facebook, sugar, and even extra-curricular activities.
This year I am giving up diet soda. It’s an unhealthy habit, and I’ve been indulging in too much soda lately. Until Easter (and beyond), every time I crave a soda, I will remind myself that God’s grace is sufficient for me, and that Christ sacrificed so much more than I am sacrificing by giving up my paltry diet soda habit.
A Vegetarian Crustless Quiche Recipe for Lent
For those of you wanting to do meatless Fridays for Lent, I’m including one of my favorite (and most versatile) recipes. Meatless meals often leave me feeling hungry, as I can’t eat the carbs that usually go along with vegetarian meals.
My Vegetarian Crustless Quiche recipe contains enough protein (eggs) and good fats (cream and cheese) to satisfy even the most die-hard meat eater. You can use any veggies and cheese. I wanted to use some Master’s Touch vine sweet mini-peppers I found at Walmart, because they’re so colorful and pretty. And I chose Swiss Cheese, because it’s mild and tastes great when it browns in the oven while cooking! I buy the pre-shredded cheese at Walmart, because it’s convenient and cheap.
So if you’re going vegetarian at all for Lent, give this a try! And even if you’re not, vegetarian crustless quiche is an easy meal to prepare for breakfast or dinner anytime.
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 5 mini-bell peppers, sliced (or use one regular bell pepper)
- 10 oz. package spinach, thawed and drained
- Cooking spray
- 5 eggs
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1.5 cups shredded swiss cheese
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spray a 9" pie plate with oil.
- Saute mushrooms in butter over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add onion, garlic, and peppers and saute 3 minutes more.
- Wrap thawed spinach in a clean towel and squeeze out all the moisture. Spread spinach in prepared pie plate. Spread sauteed veggies over the top.
- Mix eggs, cream, salt, and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Stir in cheese.
- Pour egg mixture over veggies.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.