7 Day Meal Plan Ideas for the Lenten Season

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By: Ana Margarita  Olar| Foodfindsasia.com

The Lenten season has begun. If you are planning to observe fasting and abstinence for 40 days, this article is for you.

I saw a post from the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Facebook Page about what is fasting and abstinence. Fasting is eating 1 full meal, 2 half meals, and no snacks. Abstinence is refraining from eating meat like pork, beef, chicken, goat, and lamb.

To help you succeed in the forty days of observing this spiritual journey for the Lenten season, here are some meal plan ideas:

Monday

Breakfast: ½ cup rice, 1 hardboiled egg, tomato, 1 medium sized banana (half meal)

Lunch: 1 cup rice, steamed tilapia, kangkong in oyster sauce, 1 medium sized apple (full meal)

Dinner: ½ cup rice, tofu in kangkong, 1 medium sized orange (half meal)

Tuesday

Breakfast: ½ cup rice, canned tuna in white onions, fresh bean sprout in sesame oil, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Lunch: 1 cup rice, bangus sisig, chopsuey, fruit of your choice (full meal)

Dinner: ½ cup rice, steamed bangus, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Wednesday

Breakfast: ½ cup rice, mushroom omelet, vegetable salad, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Lunch: 1 cup rice, fish afritada, simple onion soup, fruit of your choice (full meal)

Dinner: ½ cup rice, fried tilapia, simple onion soup, fruit of your choice (half meal)

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Thursday

Breakfast: 1 piece pancake, 1 cup of oatmeal, nuts and fresh milk, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Lunch: 1 cup rice, ginataang langka, fried galunggong, fruit of your choice (full meal)

Dinner: ½ cup rice, sweet and sour fish, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Friday

Breakfast: 2 whole wheat bread, peanut butter, green tea, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Lunch: 1 cup rice, monggo gisado (monggo soup), fried fish of your choice, fruit of your choice (full meal)

Dinner: ½ cup rice, steamed cream dory, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Saturday

Breakfast: ½ cup rice, egg omelet, ginger brew, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Lunch: 1 cup rice, pinakbet, fried fish of your choice, fruit of your choice (full meal)

Dinner: ½ cup rice, buttered shrimp, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Sunday

Breakfast: Toasted Bread, scrambled egg, vegetable salad, (half meal)

Lunch: 1 cup rice, dinengdeng, fried fish of your choice, fruit of your choice (full meal)

Dinner: ½ cup rice, tofu in sweet sauce, fruit of your choice (half meal)

Just a reminder, you need to ask your Doctor if you have medical problems. Pregnant women, senior citizen, children, or people with medical conditions are not encouraged to fast.

This 7-day meal plan is great for 14 to 59 years old essentially well people.