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Daniel Fast Menu Week 3

The Daniel Fast is explained in detail in this post. Basically, it’s vegan extreme — only fruits and vegetables to eat, only water to drink. We consider whole grains allowable, which is why I’m serving brown rice and homemade crackers, oatmeal, and muesli. Our family also fasts from leavened bread while doing a Daniel Fast.

With this kind of diet and fasting, it’s important to menu plan. Here is my plan for week three:

Jan 16 Mango, pineapple, banana, coconut , cashews smoothie Baked acorn squash

Grilled vegetables

Salad

Vegetable stir fry

Edamame

Brown rice

Jan 17 Fresh fruit

Raw almonds

Veggie wrap in homemade tortilla

Chips and salsa

Mushroom and asparagus risotto

Salad

Jan 18 Oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts Vegetable soup

Homemade crackers

Sweet potato and black bean hash

Salad

Jan 19 Muesli with unsweetened coconut milk Leftover soup Vegetarian spaghetti sauce over whole wheat noodles

Salad

Jan 20 Mango, pineapple, banana, coconut , cashews smoothie Baked sweet potato

Steamed broccoli

Salad with sunflower seeds

Roasted portabella mushrooms and veggies over brown rice

Salad

Jan 21 Fresh fruit

Raw almonds

Tortillas with pinto beans and guacamole Ratatouille

Brown rice

Salad

Jan 22 Oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts Spinach and strawberry salad

Chips and hummus

Taco dinner – pinto  beans, Brown rice, homemade tortillas, guacamole

 

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Daniel Fast Menu Week 2

The Daniel Fast is explained in detail in this post. Basically, it’s vegan extreme — only fruits and vegetables to eat, only water to drink. We consider whole grains allowable, which is why I’m serving brown rice and homemade crackers, oatmeal, and muesli. Our family also fasts from leavened bread while doing a Daniel Fast.

With this kind of diet and fasting, it’s important to menu plan. Here is my plan for week two:

Jan 10 Oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts Tomato, kale, and lentil soup

Salad

16-bean soup

Salad

Jan 11 Muesli with unsweetened coconut milk Leftover soup

Salad

Falafel

Hummus

Salad

Jan 12 Mango, pineapple, banana, coconut , cashews smoothie  Chips and hummus

Salad

Chickpea and butternut tagine over cous cous
Jan 13 Fresh fruit

Raw almonds

Baked sweet potato

Salad with sunflower seeds

Pink beans

Brown rice

Fried cabbage

Steamed veggies

Jan 14 Oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts Sautéed veggies over brown rice

Salad

Vegetarian chili

Salad

Jan 15 Muesli with unsweetened coconut milk Baked potato topped with leftover chili and guacamole

Salad

Grilled Portabella mushrooms, onions, and peppers over brown rice

Salad

Jan 16 Mango, pineapple, banana, coconut , cashews smoothie Baked acorn squash

Grilled vegetables

Salad

Vegetable stir fry

Edamame

Brown rice

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Daniel Fast Menu Week One

The Daniel Fast is explained in detail in this post. Basically, it’s vegan extreme — only fruits and vegetables to eat, only water to drink. We consider whole grains allowable, which is why I’m serving brown rice and homemade crackers, oatmeal, and muesli. Our family also fasts from leavened bread while doing a Daniel Fast.

With this kind of diet and fasting, it’s important to menu plan. Here is my plan for week one:

  BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
 Jan 2 Oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts Salad with sunflower seeds

Chips and hummus

Vegetable soup

Homemade crackers

Jan 3 Muesli with unsweetened coconut milk Leftover vegetable soup Falafel

Hummus

Salad

Jan 4 Mango, pineapple, banana, coconut , cashews smoothie Apples with unsweetened almond butter

Salad

Pink beans

Brown rice

Fried cabbage

Steamed veggies

Jan 5 Fresh fruit

Raw almonds

Leftover beans and rice

Salad

Tortilla soup

Salad

Jan 6 Oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts Baked sweet potato

Steamed broccoli

Salad with sunflower seeds

Sautéed veggies and mushrooms

Brown rice

Salad

Jan 7 Muesli with unsweetened coconut milk Homemade tomato soup

Salad

Sweet potato and black bean hash

steamed vegetables

Salad

Jan 8 Mango, pineapple, banana, coconut , cashews smoothie Baked potato topped with pinto beans cooked in chili spiced tomato sauce Taco dinner – black beans, Brown rice, homemade tortillas, guacamole
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Observing a Daniel Fast

Daniel was a prophet of God during the 6th century B.C.  I once heard it preached that Daniel is the only man, other than Christ, that the Bible has nothing bad to say about.  I have enjoyed any and all of the studies I’ve done in the book of Daniel.

He was among some Israelite children who were taken captive by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar during a siege of Jerusalem. Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, were among a select group who were chosen based on:

Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.  Daniel 1:3-4

Based on how they did things, the king fed them delicacies and wine and gave them intense training for 3 years, after which they would be able to serve the king.  The problem with the food was that the Babylonians did not follow a Levitical diet, and they offered their food to their idols before they consumed it.  Despite their circumstances and the fact that this could have resulted in severe punishment for them, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, refused to eat the food and to drink the wine.  The eunuch in charge of them said:

“I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.”   Daniel 1:10

Daniel offered a challenge to him.

“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.  Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”  Daniel 1:13-14

So, the eunuch consented and at the end of ten days, Daniel and his friends looked healthier and stronger than the other captives who partook of the delicacies and wine of the king.  So they were allowed to continue with their diet for the three years training time.

Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.  Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abed-Nego); therefore they served before the king.  And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.  Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus. Daniel 1:18-21

That is the first time such a diet is mentioned in the book of Daniel.  The next time is in Daniel 10.

In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks.  I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.  Daniel 10:2-3

Daniel had received a message from God, and he fasted for 21 days so that he would fully understand this vision.  At the end of his fast, he was able to interpret the vision from God (which is understood to have been a vision of the risen Christ) and give a prophecy about his vision.

So, there are two instances in the book of Daniel where he fasts from anything but vegetables (and according to everything I’ve studied, the term for vegetables includes fruits and seeds) and water.  Once was to make his body healthy, to improve his appearance, to “buff up” so to speak.  Another time was to strengthen himself spiritually for God to speak to him.

Starting January 2, my husband and I will begin a 21-day observance of “The Daniel Fast”.  I want to detox my body and focus on God.  I’m using the fast to strengthen both my body and my spirit.

If you Google Daniel Fast, you will get a wealth of resources that do all sorts of talking and explaining about the fast.  Some allow tofu, some explain away drinking herbal tea, some spend page after page trying to explain just how to do it.  I’m going to keep it simple.

In observing the diet we will eat only vegetables, fruits, and unleavened bread that does not contain any ingredient that is not made directly from a vegetable or fruit.  For instance, I am going to make tortillas out of fresh ground flour and olive oil (instead of shortening or beef tallow).  When I make a salad, I’ll flavor it with olive oil (cold pressed) and lemon juice.  We will eat only whole grains (brown rice vs. white rice). We will only drink water.  We call it “vegan extreme”.

We aren’t looking for shortcuts. We’re not going to consume a “to-furkey” because it’s a vegan turkey. We’re just looking to simply eat straightup fruits and veggies and drink only water.

We do this fast annually, and it is so rejuvenating to both my body and spirit that I start looking forward to it weeks in advance. This year, I feel led to share with you my menus for the fast as well as recipes, hints, tricks, and insights I receive as I fast and pray.  I will be posting daily in my Hallee the Homemaker facebook group about it. If you want to join in, check back on this blog through the Daniel Fast tag at this link, or join that group (I promise I won’t try to sell you anything.)

Other than that specific group, I’ll also be on a social media fast. So, that’s about the only place you’ll be able to find me other than this website.

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Daniel Fast Menu Week 3

In my Monday Morning Coffee and Chat a few weeks ago, I talked about doing the Daniel Fast for the month of April. A friend asked if I’d post my menu while we did it, because if you’re not used to a vegan diet with no processed soy, leavening, or sugars, you’re facing a daunting challenge of meal planning.

A Daniel Fast is a vegan fast. That means, no animal proteins at all, including dairy and eggs, and only water to drink. It also has “no pleasant food”, which to me means processed sugars and baked goods. We also do whole grains (no white rice, etc.). Passover ended, so we can now eat leavened bread. Most bread I make has some form of sugar (or honey) and dairy (milk or eggs); however, I have a pita bread I make and a French bread I make that do not contain any sweeteners or dairy. I will keep those on hand during the fast.

Here is my menu for the week 3:

Sunday:

Breakfast: oatmeal with fresh apple and sliced almonds

Lunch: hodge podge of leftovers from the week before

Dinner: Baked potatoes topped with vegetarian chili, salad

MONDAY:

Breakfast: oatmeal, almonds, dried fruit

Lunch: whole grain pasta tossed with kale, fresh vegetables, olive oil, garlic

Dinner: pink beans, turnip greens with turnips, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, fried cabbage, French bread.

TUESDAY:

Breakfast: fresh melon, walnuts

Lunch: vegetable soup

Dinner: taco dinner: black beans, fresh guacamole, brown rice, homemade fresh salsa on homemade whole wheat tortillas

WEDNESDAY:

Breakfast: oatmeal, almonds, dried fruit

Lunch: Leftover black beans and guacamole added to lettuce and fresh vegetables for a taco salad

Dinner: vegetarian stir fry, brown rice

THURSDAY:

Breakfast: fresh fruit salad, pecans/walnuts/raisins trail mix

Lunch: leftover vegetable soup

Dinner: grilled vegetables (portobello mushrooms, eggplant, red onion, squash) served over brown rice, salad, whole wheat French bread

FRIDAY:

Breakfast: oatmeal, almonds, dried fruit

Lunch: leftover chili

Dinner: sweet potato, black bean, and corn hash; salad; whole wheat French bread

SATURDAY:

Breakfast: fresh melons, raw almonds

Lunch:  fried rice with vegetables

Dinner: pasta tossed with homemade pesto (fresh parsley, fresh garlic, pine nuts, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil), mushrooms, and roasted red peppers; salad; garlic bread made from whole wheat French bread brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with garlic.

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Daniel Fast Menu Week 2

In my Monday Morning Coffee and Chat, I talked about doing the Daniel Fast for the month of April. A friend asked if I’d post my menu while we did it, because if you’re not used to a vegan diet with no processed soy, leavening, or sugars, you’re facing a daunting challenge of meal planning.

A Daniel Fast is a vegan fast. That means, no animal proteins at all, including dairy and eggs, and only water to drink. It also has “no pleasant food”, which to me means processed sugars and baked goods. We also do whole grains (no white rice, etc.). Passover ended, so we can now eat leavened bread. Most bread I make has some form of sugar (or honey) and dairy (milk or eggs); however, I have a pita bread I make and a French bread I make that do not contain any sweeteners or dairy. I will keep those on hand during the fast.

Here is my menu for the week 2:

Sunday:

Breakfast: fresh fruit and dried nuts

Lunch: baked sweet potato, fried cabbage with onion, pita bread

Dinner: Vegetarian chili, brown rice, pita bread

MONDAY:

Breakfast: oatmeal, almonds, dried fruit

Lunch: whole grain pasta tossed with kale, fresh vegetables, olive oil, garlic

Dinner: pink beans, turnip greens with turnips, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, fried cabbage (leftovers), French bread.

TUESDAY:

Breakfast: fresh melon, walnuts

Lunch: leftover beans and greens.

Dinner: falafel (a fried fritter made from chick peas and Mediterranean spices), hummus, pita bread, salad, olives and pickled vegetables

WEDNESDAY:

Breakfast: oatmeal, almonds, dried fruit

Lunch: taco salad made from black beans, guacamole, whole grain tortilla chips, salsa

Dinner: Dinner out at a work celebration. We’ll be in a pizza parlor, so we’ll get salads

THURSDAY:

Breakfast: fresh fruit salad, pecans/walnuts/raisins trail mix

Lunch: baked sweet potato, steamed broccoli, salad.

Dinner: Pasta with sauce made from eggplant and portobello mushrooms, salad

FRIDAY:

Breakfast: oatmeal, almonds, dried fruit

Lunch: leftover stir fry or pasta

Dinner: Spinach, lintel, and artichoke soup, French bread

SATURDAY:

Breakfast: fresh melons, raw almonds

Lunch: leftover soup

Dinner: vegetarian stir-fry with edamame (soy beans) over brown rice

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