january food calendar

Every January, my church goes through the Daniel Fast as a big family, and this year is no exception! I look forward to the natural cleanse every year, and I love hearing stories about why people fast and what they're praying for.

Because we do the Daniel Fast, we use the days before to clean out our fridge/freezer and then keep our grocery budget for fruits and veggies!

This year, I'm trying out the Vegetarian option of Hello Fresh for free because of one of my sweet friends! That will help our grocery bill and give me motivation to cook during the second week. 

Thursday, January 4th: Rosemary Pork, Shells-n-Cheese, Steamed Broccoli
Cleaning out the fridge, freezer, and pantry means finding what we have and making a meal out of it! Thankfully, we just came home with 50 pounds of meat, so finding the main dish isn't difficult.

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Leader Team Night: Sunday, January 7th: Cafe Rio Copycat pork, rice, and vinaigrette, and Tamale Soup
We heard Cafe Rio is coming to San Diego! All the heart eyes. Until that time, I'll continue to make copycat recipes for our Impact Leader Team.

Thursday, January 11th: Cauliflower Pizza
We'll begin prepping for Daniel Fast by removing bread, which is something I'm trying to do anyway. Plus, this cauliflower pizza is always my favorite. I plan to make four mini pizzas for us to top ourselves. 

Daniel fast begins

Most recipes are from the Daniel Plan Cookbook, but the 20th, 25th, and 26th are from Hello Fresh.

Thursday, January 18th: Five-Veggie Lasagna, Mixed Berry Salad
Veggie lasagna, y'all. With no meat or pasta. These are the challenges I love.

Friday, January 19th: Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
We had this last time we did the Daniel Fast, and it was really filling. Veggies, nuts, and a gluten-free sauce.

Saturday, January 20th: Patatas Bravas and Crispy Artichokes with a Garlicky Aioli
This looks hearty because of the potatoes and delicious because of the artichokes. I love artichokes. I'm excited to try a new way of cooking them!

Student Lunch: Sunday, January 21st: Spicy Black Bean Soup with Lime and Cilantro, Veggie Tacos
Not all students are on the Daniel Fast, but this black bean soup and veggie tacos will be filling for those who are--and enough for those who aren't. I'll put chips and salsa out as well because teenagers are hungry little beasts.

Thursday, January 25th: Harissa Sweet Potato Pita Pockets with Cucumber Dill Salad
I'm gonna learn so much from Hello Fresh this week. We may leave out the pita part (depending on ingredients), but the rest of this meal looks delicious.

Friday, January 26th: Gorgeous Greens Farro Bowl with Grilled Zucchini and Asparagus
Have you ever hear of farro? It's a wheaty rice and the main ingredient of this dish. Then you throw zucchini and asparagus, and who even cares what you're putting it on.

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Saturday, January 27th: Zucchini Pasta, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Stone Fruit Salad
Stone fruit salad is basically salad with fruits that have pits like peaches. Aaron loves peaches, so on the last day of the fast, we'll throw some peaches in there.

Marriage Mondays, Monday, January 29th: Garlic Aioli, steak, grilled veggies in balsamic glaze, roasted butternut squash, Iced Valencia Americano
This is the first day of the Whole30, and I'm having three other couples at my house. Normally, I'd be a little nervous, but I am really not worried at all about serving this Whole30 goodness.

Breakfast & Lunch

Lunches will consist of leftovers and baked potatoes filled with roasted veggies.

Breakfasts are super important on the Daniel Fast, and we will be eating lots of smoothies! In addition to a good breakfast is some good snacks. I dehydrated some cranberries and dates and plan to roast some walnuts and cashews to make a yummy trail mix. 

Dessert

One of the best part of Daniel Fast is that it reintroduces fruit into our diet. I'll make lots of cinna-apples, and we'll eat a ton of fresh fruit.