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Daniel Fast Recipes

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When abstaining from meat for an extended period, a vitamin B12 supplement will be needed if not regularly drinking soy, rice or almond milk that has been fortified with an adequate amount of B12.  The Institute of Medicine has not established an Upper Limit for B12 due to it's low potential for toxicity --taking at least a 100 mcg vitamin B12 supplement every day or every other day is recommended while fasting from meat. 

For additional information on B12, click here.  

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Lunch / Dinner


Desserts / Snacks



Peanut Butter Sandwich Cereal
1/4 - 3/4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 - 4 T raisons
2 - 4 T peanuts
1/2 - 1 cup soy, almond, coconut or rice milk

Old Fashioned Cinnamon or Steel Cut Oats
1/2 cup old fashioned or steel cut oats
3/4 - 1 cup water

Heat over stove top or in microwave until tender then add
Raisons or date pieces
1/4 - 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4-1/2 cup almond or soy milk

Homemade Muesli:
3 - 4 cups rolled oats
1 cup rolled wheat or barley
1/2 - 1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 - 1 cup almond slivers
1/2 - 1 cup walnuts and/or peanuts
1/3 - 1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 - 1 cup date pieces (about 8 - 14 dates) or unsweetened carob chips
Ice cold almond, soy or rice milk

Basic Peanut Butter Smoothies
1 - 4 cups unsweetened soy, almond or rice milk
1 banana
1/2 - 1 cup cherries, strawberries, blueberries or other desireable fruit
1 - 4 T peanut butter or a handful of your favorite nuts
1 - 2 T hemp seeds and/or ground flax meal
1/4 - 1/2 cup oats (would not recommend steel-cut oats)

The oats and the flax will cause your smoothie to thicken in a few minutes so adding these may mean drinking faster to avoid big gulps or eating your smoothie with a spoon! :-p

Green Smoothie
1 banana
1/2 cup soy, almond, coconut or rice milk
handful of walnuts
2 - 3 ice cubes
1/2 - 1 tsp Spirulina

Soy or almond milk with a banana or other fruit and a handful of almonds or cashews

Great option if you're in a hurry.

Costco offers cases of soy milk and nuts at a great price. 

To make almond milk, soak 1 - 3 cups regular almonds in water overnight, strain and add three cups of water per cup of almonds to blender and blend on high speed.  To strain pulp, use cheese cloth or a juicer.  Pulp may be freezed for later use in breads or batters. 


Breakfast Beans (click here)


No Oil Granola (click here)


Basic Hearty Chili
3 cups of your favorite dry beans soaked in water to plumpen and reduce cooking time
or, 4 ~15 oz cans of your favorite bean(s).
~30 oz tomato sauce
~30 oz cushed tomatoes
~15 oz refried beans
2 - 3 T chili powder
1 - 2 tsp curry powder (optional)
Salt to taste
If using dry beans, after simmering or pressure cooking to desired tenderness, add all ingredients and simmer on medium/low until steaming hot, stir regularly to avoid burning.  If using canned beans, combine all ingredients and heat until steaming.  

Basic Vegetable Soup
Bell Peppers
A few tablestoons of olive, safflower or other oil
Salt and herbs to tasty!
Cut into bite sized portions and toss in a crock pot submerged in water for several hours or over the stove on low heat until soft and juicy. 

You may also find this similar dish from Costco easy and helpful:

Basic Stir Fry
Your favorite blend of vegetables (example from Costco)
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Sunflower seeds
Saute vegetables in 1 - 2 T olive oil
Season with salt and 1 - 3 tsp balsamic vinegar, top with raisons and sunflower seeds


Bread and Olives (based on the fasting diet St. Philip Neri (1515 - 1595), which he subsisted on for most of his life (

A random or predetermined blend of grain flours (wheat, rye, barley, flax, spelt, rice, oat, etc), or singular flour, mixed with water or nut milk (I sometimes use dairy), a splash of oil and a dash of salt, then cook on a non-stick fyring pan or with oil, with or without a little leavening (suc h as a dash of baking soda and vinegar mixed into the batter, or use a bit of baking powder (I only use aluminum free baking powder; recent research confirms a risk associated with aluminum intake and Alzheimer's disease)).  Serve with a few olives.  Also feel free to mix your favorite nuts and dried fruit into the batter.   The batter thickens pretty quickly, so consider making small amounts in the blender at a time, using multiple fyring pans, or adding more water and milk to the batter and remixing as necessary.


Peanut Soup with Brown Rice ((sub vegetable broth for chicken)
(click here))


Kale and Black Bean Tacos (click here)
Whole Foods has a corn tortilla made from stone ground white corn, sunflower seed oil, sea salt, water and a trace of lime (okay for Daniel Fast).  

Lentil Tacos
1 lb bag of lentils softened via pressure cooker or boiling (high protein lentils preferred over high starch varieties)
2 six ounce cans tomato paste
Taco seasoning
Mix above ingredients together and add to a torilla (check tortilla ingredients to ensure Daniel Fast compatible)
Add favorite salsa! 

Lentil and Vegetable Soup
2 1/2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
2 carrots, peeled and chopped (about 3/4 cup)
2 celery stalks, peeled and chopped (about 2/3 cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
2 -3 tsp salt
1 small tomato, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
1 T tomato paste
2 cups green or brown lentils
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 small bay leaf
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 vegetable broth
4 - 5 C water
2 tsp red wine vinegar

Saute onion, carrots, celery and garlic in olive oil for about five minutes, add tomatoes and cook for two minutes then add tomato paste and cook for additoinal two minutes.  Combine with broth, water, salt, lentils, thyme, bay leaf and pepper and bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for around 20 minutes to desired lentil tenderness.  Add vinegar and additional salt and pepper to desired taste.  Garnish with scallions and/or tofu-based sour cream.


Spicy Avocado Chili
3 cups pinto beans rinsed, cleaned and soaked until plump.

Place beans in a crock pot on high for 1-2 days until soft; drain and add 1 can tomato sauce and 2 cans stewed tomatoes with oregano and basil

Lastly, add 1 - 2 Tbl chili powder, 1-2 tsp curry powder and salt to taste. For each bowl served, add 1 ripe avocado cut into pieces, mix and enjoy!

Costco has had great deals on S&W organic for both types of canned tomatoes as well as for 10 pound bags of pinto beans.

Basic Lentils
1 lb lentils, 8 cups water, simmer to soft, add 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce, basil or other desired seasonings, salt.


Yemiser Wat (Ethiopian Spicy Lentils) (click here)

Misor Wat - Ethiopian Spicy Lentils
(click here)


Peas and Peanuts
1 pound split peas
7 cups water
Simmer until tender, about 45 minutes to an hour.  If adding other vegetables, add after 30 - 45 minutes to reach desired tenderness. 
Add 1 cup peanuts, 1 teaspoon salt and other seasonings to desired taste

Simple Bean Soup
A variety of your favorite beans, lentils and peas soaked and cooked until tender. For each serving, add salt and 1/2 of an avocado cut into pieces.

For a more complex flavor, to each 6 cups of cooked bean, pea and lentil blend add:

1 - 4 cups reserved liquid from cooking beans
1 can tomato sauce (16oz)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
2 medium red bell peppers, diced
6 garlic cloves
2 Tbs chili powder
2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
For garnish: chopped cilatro, green onions, avocado

Saute onions, bell peppers and garlic; add seasonings and stir for 2 minutes; mix in bean blend, reserved liquid and tomato sauce; reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes.

Three-Grain-Salad, containing wheat berries, pearl barley and brown rice (click here

Great Grains to Add to Any Salad (click here)


Vegetarian Minestrone Soup (omit pasta)


Sprouted Sweet Pea Soup

Russian Cabbage Borscht (substitute olive oil for butter, Stevia for honey and omit sour cream)

Spicy Cucumber-Avocado Soup
1 ripe avocado
4 medium cucumbers
1/2 large red onion
2 lemons, juice of
1 tsp salt or Braggs amino acid to desired taste
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh jalapeño chile with seeds
1/2 cup fresh dill
Peel and pit avocado. Blend all ingredients in a blender until very smooth, about 1 minute.
Garnish: diced avocado and chopped chives

Fresh Greens (Collard, Kale, Turnip or Mustard Greens (30-45 minute cooking time) Spinach or Swiss Chard (2 - 5 minutes)
Wash and chop desired amount of green, place into pan with aobut 1 & 1/2 inch water or use steamer.  Bring to boil over medium heat then reduce and simmer as appropriate.   Season as desired. 
Note: If taking a blood thinner, consult with your healthcare provider before making changes to your normal intake of vegetables containing vitamin K intake. 


Soy (or garbanzo) Corn Muffins (click here)


Stuffed Acorn Squash (click here)


Stuffed Pumpkin (click here)


Scalloped Potatoes (click here)


Ratatouille (click here)


"Chicken" and Rice Soup (click here) --uses chicken style seasoning

Toasted Almond and Coconut Salad

5 cups torn fresh spinach
3 cups torn lettuce
2 sclices red onion, separated into rings
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup mandarin oranges
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 fresh raspberries
1/4 pineapple juice
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Stevia to sweeten
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Line bowl with salad greens. Combine the next 6 ingredients and spoon into bowl.

Toast the coconut and almonds (oven to 400 degrees, 5 to 8 minutes for almonds, about 10 minutes for coconut). Set aside.

In a blender combine oil, raspberries, pineapple juice, vinegar and celery seed.  Taste and add Stevia to desired sweetness.  Pour over salad. Top with almonds and coconut. Serve immediately.


Protein Patties (click here, go to bottom of page; goes great with salads!)

Spaghetti Squash (click here)
(sub feta cheese with Garlic "Feta" dressing)


Many delicious vegetarian Indian dishes can be found here.


Country Kethcup
1 6-oz can Tomato paste
1 tsp salt
3 T Olive oil
3 T Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Garlic powder or 1 fresh clove
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 - 3/4 C water
Stevia to desired sweetness
Blend and refrigerate

Tofu Mayonnaise made with Sunflower Seeds or Cashews
1/3 C Sunflower Seeds or Cashews
1/3 C Water
12 oz silken tofu, extra firm
2 1/2 T lemon juice
1/2 - 1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
Combine all ingredients in blender. Store in refigerator.

To convert Tofu Mayonnaise to sour cream, add
1 T lemon juice

To convert Tofu Mayonnaise to an onion dill dip, add
2 tsp dill weed
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 T lemon juice

Tofu Mayonnaise
2 C soft tofu
1 tsp salt
2 T lemon juice
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder of 1 fresh clove
1/3 C Olive oil
Mix and refrigerate

Basic Dry Seasoning Mix
2 T salt
½ tsp tumeric
1 tsp garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1/2 tsp Marjoram
1 tsp Sage
1 T parlsey
Mix and store in a cool & dry locale
(may also add 4 T ground flax meal (when not mixed with liquid ingredients, e.g. salad dressing))


Chicken Style Seasoning (click here)


Spicy Seasoning Salt
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp red pepper
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder (optional)


Garlic "Feta" Dressing
1 box Tofu (14 oz, firm), water packed
6 T Lemon juice
2 C Cashews
2 1/2 C water
2 tsp Salt
2 T Onion, chopped
2 Garlic cloves
1 tsp garlic salt
1 ½ T Potato flour or corn starch (with no additives or sweetners)
1/4 C Lemon juice
Blend and refrigerate

Wild Salad Dressing
4 T Extra virgin olive oil or other favorite
2 T Lemon juice
2 tsp Basic Dry Seasoning Mix
2 tsp onion powder or 1 medium onion chopped extra fine (Kudos if using a fresh onion, which contains high levels of flavonoids particularly Quercetin, which is also an anti-oxidant)
1 - 1½ cup(s) water (to desired consistency)
Stevia to desired sweetness
Mix and refrigerate


Dill Dressing made with Sunflower Seeds (click here)

Cucumber Dip

1 C Cashews
1 large, peeled cucumber
1/3 C lemon juice (1 -2 lemons worth)
1½ tsp Salt
1 tsp onion powder or 1 small onion minced
Stevia to desired sweetness
Blend until smooth and creamy, keep refrigerated.

Tangy Tahini Dressing
1/2 C Sesame tahini
1/2 C Water
1/4 C Lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Garlic powder or 1 fresh clove
Stevia to desired sweetness
Blend until smooth and creamy, keep refrigerated

Italian Dressing
2 C Water
1/2 C Raw sunflower seeds
1/2 C Raw cashews
1/4 tsp Celery seed
3 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Garlic powder or 1 fresh clove\
1/2 C Lemon Juice
1 tsp salt
Blend until smooth and creamy then add
1 T Parsley
2 tsp Basil
Keep refrigerated


Desserts / Snacks

Basic banana ice cream
Peel ripe bananas and cut into 3 - 4 two inch pieces
Optional ingredients:
1 - 2 T peanut butter
1 - 3 T dates or raisons to sweeten
Blend all in food processor
Sprinkle with sunflower seeds or almond slivers

Banana cherry ice cream
Same ingredients as above but sub half banana content with half frozen cherries
Top with walnuts and date pieces

Dates and Peanut Butter
Your favorite brand of natural peanut scooped up with dates (preferably seedless!).  Bananas and peanut butter are excellent too! 

Nutty Cranberry Quinoa (click here)


Steamed Green Beans with Pine Nuts and Lemon
4 ounces green beans
1 tsp pine nuts
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
Steam beans 3-4 minutes until just tender, add zest, oil, pine nuts, salt, pepper and serve!