Each January a number of people enter a time of fasting and prayer, asking God for direction in the new year.  Often this is done for 21 days in January and is modeled after the diet that Daniel ate when he was praying for answers from God (Daniel 10).    It took the angel of the Lord 21 days to get to him because he was resisted by the devil on his way.  We fast meat, sweets and perfumes for 21 days and ask God to reveal His will in a certain matter.  The lack of meat leaves a lot of folks hungry.  The fact that few of us follow a vegetarian diet makes it hard to find alternatives.

God asked me to fast meat more than 15 years ago so the Daniel Fast is for the most part is my daily meal plan.  I usually try follow a Vegan diet during the 21 days of the Daniel fast.  So I am always on the look out for good foods and recipes I can pass along to my friends.   Here’s one of them:

Hummus.  I like Hummus anytime I can get it and it is REALLY easy to make.  It is filling and full of good protein.  I like to make rather than buy it because I can control some of the ingredients (preservatives) and I can make it taste the way I like.  To make it:

In a food processor:

1) Grind up 4 cloves of Garlic (Fresh is best – I personally just do not like Garlic Powder.

2) Open a can of Garbonzo beans and drain them.  Put in with the garlic and process till smooth.

3)  Add a 1/4 cup of Tahini.  This is very important and is something that most folks don’t have on the shelf.  It is a sesame seed paste a lot like peanut butter.  I am planning to try peanut butter sometime to see if that will work as well.

4) Add 2 table spoons of Olive Oil; 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne; juice of 1 lemon (I use the stuff in a bottle ’cause I alway have than); 1/2 teaspoon of salt (I like seasalt or course salt).

5) At this point you can add pretty much what ever you like in a dip.  Some suggestions:  Hot Peppers, Capers, Olives, Sun dried tomatoes.   Be careful when adding these kinds of things remember that this is basically bean dip and will take on the flavors you put in.

6) Most folks like to pretty it up when they serve it by sprinkling Paprika on top.  I never bother with that personally.

It is ready to serve as soon as it is processed smooth.  Cost of this is very low so if you taste it and hate it try again.

I have just this year learned to make Vegan “Tuna Salad” and Vegan Mayonnaise.  I will put those in another post or with my observations real soon.

Remember the Daniel fast is about setting our flesh aside and hearing from God.  Gay and I find that time spent in the kitchen enjoying each other’s company and preparing foods to which God has called us is very special.  Please enjoy the fast, have fun listening to God rather than the nightly news.  I hope this recipe will make your time of fasting more enjoyable and that when you make it later you will celebrate time spend in the presence of the living God.

 

Be blessed my friends.