Friday in Lent: recipe and prayer

Friday in Lent: recipe and prayer

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Recipe:  from Jazzy Vegetarian


Easy Vegetarian Paella


Makes 5 to 6 servings


1 can (28 ounces) organic whole tomatoes

2 cups brown rice (basmati is best)

8 to 10 ounces crimini mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 sweet red pepper, diced

1 cup frozen peas

4 scallions, sliced

½ cup fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 ¾ cups vegetable broth, plus more as needed

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon turmeric

¼ teaspoon sea salt

1 jar (12 ounces) artichoke hearts, packed in oil


Put the tomatoes into a medium bowl and break up slightly using a potato masher or large fork.


Put the crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, rice, garlic, red pepper, frozen peas, scallions, parsley, vegetable broth, paprika, turmeric, and salt into a very large mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Pour the mixture into a large skillet or paella pan with a tight fitting lid.


Cook over medium-low heat for about 50 minutes. Remove cover. Gently stir the paella. Press the artichokes one by one into the top of the casserole, arranging evenly over the top of the rice. If the paella seems dry at this point, pour ¼ to ½ cup more broth over top of the casserole. Do not stir!


Cook another 15 to 25 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and rice is soft, checking occasionally. If rice is still firm, add ¼ cup more vegetable broth and cook for 15 minutes more.


Serve in pretty bowls with whole grain bread on the side.


Episode #203 – Recipe © LAURA THEODORE 2011


This is so easy; it’s all in one pan on the stove top, lots of flavor and not labor intensive. I have made this several times and loved it. The only adjustments I made were:  1- 1/2 cups of rice instead of 2, used curly Italian parsley since I don’t like flat leaf. And you’ll definitely need more veggie broth.




St Gertrude’s 7th Prayer: Devout affections on the Passion of Christ


O Jesus mighty King, remember now that when Thou wast plunged into the bitter waters of Thy Passion

until they closed over Thy head,

Thou wast forsaken not only by men, but by thy Father also,

and didst cry out with a loud voice, saying:


My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?


By this anguish and dereliction, I beseech thee,

forsake me not in my last agony.




  • Photo: A kitchen with a well. Santa Catalina Monastery kitchen, Wikimedia

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