This is embarrassingly easy- but it is what is waiting for us after church services this evening:
Peel and parboil 6 carrots and 8 potatoes.
In a crockpot set to 'high,' place one large can of diced tomatoes with juice.
Peel and crush one full head of garlic; place in crockpot.
Put carrots and potatoes in crockpot. Add chopped celery if you have it.
Add half a bag of frozen pearl onions (or one large diced onion) in crockpot. Stir.
A few hours later, turn to low and add half a bag each of frozen peas (or green beans) and corn (I like lots of color in my stew).
Next, add about 10 oz. of chopped fresh mushrooms or a can of mushrooms if that is what is on hand (if the family likes them).
Go to the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
When you get home, add some vegetable bullion to taste and any freshly chopped herbs you have on hand- at least fresh parsley. Put salt and pepper on the table along with 'Red Hot.'
Have the kids set the table, adding bread with hummus (to stay vegan) or egg salad (to stay meatless) and maybe pickles along with peaches or applesauce for dessert.
Say your prayers and enjoy a very easy meal.
in the Lenten desert- but with the hope of Easter!
PRAYER BEFORE MEALS
The poor shall eat and be filled, and they that seek the Lord shall praise him; their hearts shall live for ever and ever. O Christ God, bless + the food and drink of Your servants for You are holy always, now and ever, and forever. Amen.
PRAYER AFTER MEALS
We thank You, Christ our God, for You have satisfied us with the good things of Your earth. Do not deprive us of Your heavenly kingdom but as You appeared to Your disciples, O Savior, granting them peace-come also to us and save us. Lord have mercy (Three times) Give the blessing. Blessed is our God who, through His grace and loving kindness, is merciful to us and nourishes us from the abundance of His gifts, always, now and ever, and forever. Amen.