“Daniel Fast” Recipes - Metrolina Church

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					Essential Exercises
for Spiritual Growth
“Train yourself to be godly” - 1 Timothy 4:7b

21 Day Daniel Fast Guide & Devotional
"Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to
drink.” - Daniel 1:12

“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine
came into my mouth” - Daniel 10:2-3

Daily “Daniel Fast” Guidelines
Foods to Eat
Fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, nuts and seeds, unleavened bread, legumes (beans and
peas), quality oils, water, juices, almond or rice milk, fruit and vegetable broths, unsweetened
applesauce, herbs and seasonings.
Foods to Avoid
Meat, dairy products, all sweeteners, leavened bread, refined and processed food products
including white flour, white rice and pasta, deep-fried foods, solid fats, alcohol, caffeine, soda,
coffee, energy drinks, tea

Typical Daily Menu
Breakfast—Oatmeal, topped with raisins, chopped walnuts and unsweetened applesauce
Snack—Homemade Trail mix
Lunch—Mediterranean Black Bean Salad
Snack—Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
Dinner—Roasted Potato Salad, Split Pea Soup, Grilled Portabella with Sun-dried Tomatoes &

Breakfast suggestions
Oatmeal with Fruit & Nuts, Cinnamon Baked Apples, Nutty Fruit Cereal with Almond milk, Fruit
pizza, Fruit Smoothie, Fruit Salad
Snack Suggestions
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, Date Honey, oatmeal raisin cookies, salsa, pesto, baked tortilla
chips, trail mix
Salad & Salad Dressings Suggestions
Berry, Avocado & Mango Salad, Fig, Pear & Walnut Salad, Marinated Vegetable Salad,
Mediterranean Black Bean Salad, Greek Salad, Sunset Fruit Salad, Roasted Potato Salad,
Strawberry Spinach Salad, Taco Salad
Soup Suggestions
Chunky Potato Soup, Split Pea Soup, Tomato Basil Soup, Tuscan Soup, Vegetable Bean Soup,
Zucchini Soup
Vegetables Suggestions
Acorn Squash with Apples, Baked Potato Chips, Ginger-Garlic Baby Carrots, Tomato & Garlic
Green Beans, Grilled Veggie Kebobs, Kale with Tomato & Onions, Mashed Potato & Corn
Casserole, Rosemary Red Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus
Main Dish Suggestions
Stuffed Bell Peppers, Grilled Portabella Mushrooms with Sundried Tomatoes, Mexican Rice and
Beans, Rice & Cabbage Casserole, South of the Border Pizza, Two-Bean Burger

Sample “Daniel Fast” Recipes
Cinnamon Baked Apples
2 apples thinly sliced, unpeeled
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place slice d apples in 8x8 baking dish. In a small bowl whisk apple juice
and cinnamon, and pour over apples. Bake 15 minutes, stir and bake another 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Fruit Pizza
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup roughly chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
Fruit Sauce
1/4 cup Date honey (see next recipe)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
Topping ideas
Sliced apples, bananas, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, mangoes, peaches, pineapples, strawberries, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place almond flour, dates, pecans, and apple juice in food processor.
Process until mixture forms a ball. Press dough into 10 inch circle, about 1/4 inch thick on a baking sheet
or pizza pan. (Rub a little olive oil on your hands if dough gets too sticky) With a fork, poke holes all
across dough. Bake 10 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool
Put Date Honey and strawberries in food processor or blender. Process about 30 seconds or until smooth
and creamy, Spread fruit sauce onto cooled crust. Top with your favorite assortment of fruits. Refrigerate
until chilled.

Date Honey
1 cup pitted dates (dates are high in natural sugars and are great for boosting energy)
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pour dates and water into small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and
simmer 45-60 minutes or until dates are very soft and broken down. Remove from heat and allow to cool
for about 15 minutes. Pour mixture into a blender and puree until smooth. Add cinnamon and stir well.
Store in a sealed container in refrigerator.

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
2 cups whole almonds
1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line 11x17 baking sheet with parchment paper or rub lightly with olive oil.
Put almonds in large bowl, add olive oil, and stir well. Sprinkle in cinnamon and salt and toss to coat.
Spread almonds evenly on baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Cool and serve, or
store in air-tight container.

Trail Mix
1 cup raw almonds, 1 cup cashew halves & pieces, 1 cup walnut halves & pieces, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup
golden raisins, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (You can substitute with various other
nuts and seeds)
Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.

Blackberry, Avocado, and Mango Salad
4 cups mixed salad greens
1 cup blackberries
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup mango, peeled, pitted and cut into 1 inch cubes
 1/2 cup pecan halves
In a large bowl, combine salad greens, blackberries, avocado, mango and pecan halves. Toss and serve
with light dressing of your choice.

Mediterranean Black Bean Salad
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped green bell peppers
1 cup chopped red bell peppers
1 cup chopped tomatoes, unpeeled
1 cup chopped avocados cut into ½ inch cubes
½ cup diced onion
 ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
Put beans, peppers, tomatoes, avocado, onions and parsley in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine
lime juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Whisk together and pour over salad. Toss well to coat. Refrigerate 2-
4 before serving. Serve over romaine or spinach leaves.

Roasted Potato Salad
1 pound red potatoes, washed & unpeeled
½ pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 cup trimmed fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon tarragon
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
¼ cup chopped red onions
¼ cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
2 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
Scrub potatoes well. Place in a large saucepan, and cover with water. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat
slightly to a soft rolling boil, and cook, uncovered, 15 minutes. Drain, and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut potatoes into quarters, and place in a large bowl along with Brussels
sprouts and green beans. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, tarragon, salt, and pepper. Stir well to coat. Place
vegetables on an 11x17 inch baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, and flip. Cook another 10 minutes, or until
vegetables are slightly browned. Remove from oven and place in a large bowl and set aside.

Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onions and pecans, and cook until onions are
soft and translucent. Mix with potatoes and vegetables. To serve, place ½ cup lettuce on each plate, and
top with roasted potato-vegetable mixture.

Chunky Potato Soup
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water or vegetable broth
3 large potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon pepper
½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or rice milk or soy milk)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat olive oil in saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, carrots, and celery until vegetables are
softened. Stir in garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly so garlic doesn’t burn.
Add water or broth, potatoes, bay leaf, salt, thyme, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, for 30
minutes or until potatoes are tender. Discard bay leaf. Add half of potato mixture to a food processor or
blender and process until smooth. Return to sauce pan. Stir in almond milk and parsley. Cook until
heated through and serve.

Baked Potato Chips
2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut potatoes into thin 1/8 inch discs. Place potato slices in a large bowl.
Add olive oil, salt, pepper and stir well to coat. Spread in a single layer on two 11x17 inch baking sheets.
Bake 15 minutes. Flip potatoes, and cook another 10-15 minutes, or until chips are crispy.

Kale with Tomatoes and Onions
4 ounces curly kale, stems removed and coarsely chopped (about 6 cups)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced (pole to pole) onion
2 cloves garlic minced
3 cups chopped tomatoes, unpeeled
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano flakes
½ teaspoon salt
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Put tomatoes in a large bowl,
and squeeze them with your hands so that some juice is extracted. Pour tomatoes and juice into skillet
with onions and garlic, and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in kale, basil, oregano, and salt. Cover and simmer
5-7 minutes, or until kale has softened. Serve immediately. (optional - sprinkle with pine nuts). This is
great served over cooked brown or wild rice!
Grilled Portabella Steaks with Sun-dried Tomatoes
4 portabella mushroom caps
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup unsweetened pineapple or orange juice
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons chopped green onions (green parts only)
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon dried crushed rosemary
Sun-dried Tomato Topping
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil and drained
¼ cup sliced black olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Place mushrooms in a glass dish with gills up. Whisk together marinade ingredients in a small bowl and
pour over mushrooms. Marinate a room temperature for 30 minutes.
While mushrooms marinate, prepare Sun-dried tomato topping. Combine topping ingredients in an 8x8
inch baking dish. Preheat oven to broil setting and broil for 5-7 minutes.
Preheat barbecue grill. When grill is ready, place mushrooms over heat for 5 minutes, flipping halfway
through cooking time.
To serve, place grilled mushroom on a plate, and top with Sun-dried tomato topping.

Two-Bean Burger
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped onions
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup canned great northern beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon salt
Mash beans in a large bowl, leaving about ¼ of the beans whole, and set aside.
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, and cook until soft and translucent. Place in
a bowl with beans, and add flaxseed meal, garlic powder, cumin, and salt.
Return skillet to medium heat and add a teaspoon of olive oil if needed to prevent burgers from sticking.
Scoop out about 1/3 cup of bean mixture for each burger, and add to skillet. Flatten with a spatula. Cook
5 minutes, or until bottoms are browned and slightly crispy. Flip, and cook another 5 minutes.
Week One - Training in the Word

Day 1
1 Peter 2:2 – “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of
the word, that you may grow thereby,”
        There is a famine in the lives of many Christians across
America today. Not a famine of food or water . . . not a famine of
jobs or finances, but a famine of hearing and reading and studying and
knowing and practicing the Word of God. When He walked the earth, our Lord often looked at
religious people and rebuked them with the words, “Do you not know? Have you not read?
Why do you not understand what the scriptures say?”
        It is absolutely essential that we who claim to love the Lord Jesus Christ and commit
ourselves to the Truth of His Word KNOW what His Word says!

As you begin your fast today and your stomach and body begins to hunger for food, pray for
God to create in you a hunger and thirst for the Word of God. Pray that you would crave
reading, studying, understanding, and practicing the truths of the Bible more than you crave
physical food.
Psalm 119:103 - How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Day 2
Colossians 3:1 - “seek those things which are above”
Seek = to have urgency for, desire for; it is a continuous passion, zeal, desire and pursuit of
Christ and the characteristics of Christ. It means to be preoccupied with heavenly things.
1 Chronicles 22:19 - “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God.”
Matt 6:33 - “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”
Hebrews 11:6 - “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must
believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

       What is the best way to seek the things that are above? When we seek God, where will
He be found? How can we know God? God is found in the scriptures! We know God by knowing
His Word. We know God by knowing His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Living Word and he is
revealed to us in the written Word!

        As you pray today, continue to pray and ask for God to create in you a passion and zeal
to know Him. Pray for an ever increasing desire to know the Word of God. When you begin to
fast you will usually notice that your mind becomes preoccupied with the desire for food for the
first few days. Pray for that same kind of preoccupation for the Word of God and the
righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Day 3
Revelation 1:3 - “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the
words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it;
for the time is near.”
The main reason people don't understand the Bible is they just
don't read it. Too many of us are more faithful to the sports page
than we are to God's word, more faithful to Facebook than the Holy
Book. We go home and watch television for three hours and then we read
the Bible for three minutes and expect to be spiritual giants. It just doesn't work that way. We
know more about “Doug and Carrie” than we do about Paul and Peter. We need to read the
Word of God.
The Bible is the bestselling book in human history. It’s filled with the kind of stories that we like
to read. It has stories about God’s compassion, stories about how God reaches out to people
who felt like they could never find God. It has stories about God working miracles in people’s
lives. It’s an incredible book. It’s filled with stories of people who fought against giants and
won, people who were swallowed by whales and people who rose again from the dead. It’s the
cornerstone of our entire civilization. The Bible has inspired the art of Michelangelo, the plays
of William Shakespeare, and the music of some of the greatest composers of all time. It still
inspires the films of Hollywood today.
So why don’t we read it as much? Why do we struggle to read it? Maybe we don’t understand
why God wants us to read it. Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the
words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it;” God wants you to read
his book because He wants to bring joy to your life! The Bible brings the joy of knowing which
direction to go next, the joy of finding a solution where it didn’t seem like there was one
possible, and the joy of finding hope where there is nowhere else to find hope. That's why He
wants you to read the Bible.
As you pray today, make a commitment to read the Bible every day. Commit to just 15 minutes
a day or one chapter per day. Start with reading one Psalm per day, or one Proverb per day, or
one chapter of the Gospel of Mark each day. Consistency is more important that volume.

Day 4
Colossians 3:2 - “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
The last few days we have been focusing on getting our hearts oriented toward the Word of
God. We’ve talked about craving and desiring the Word. These are matters of the heart or will.
Now we must also set our minds to be continuously engrossed in the things of God. This
preoccupation of the mind means that my life is always oriented toward the things of God; that
my disposition, my very nature is inclined toward God.
Romans 8:5-8 - Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set
on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the
Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of
sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and
peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's
law, nor can it do so.

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever
things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever
things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is
anything praiseworthy — meditate(think) on these things.
Where are “the things above” found? Where do I discover the things that are true, noble, just,
pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy? In the Bible, the Word of God!
How to set your mind on the things which are above:
     Read it through - regularly and consistently read the scriptures
     Think it out - S-L-O-W down. Meditate, think about the passage you just read. Turn off
        your radio on the drive to work or school and THINK about the scripture.
     Pray it in - pray the verses back to God. Use the truths of that passage in your prayers
        that day. (Example = “Lord, help me to spend my time today thinking on the true, noble,
        just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy things of the scriptures, and
        not on the carnal, ungodly, and scandalous things of the world and media.”)
     Write it down - try keeping a spiritual journal where you record how God is speaking to
        you through His Word.
     Live it out - put to practice the truths you learn as you read & meditate on the Word.

Day 5
Isaiah 55:8-9 - "My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the Lord."And my ways are
far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so
my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
         God has a different perspective on life than we do. In fact, He doesn’t just have a
different perspective, He has a perfect perspective! Wouldn’t you like to have God’s
perspective on life? If you don't get God's perspective in your life, I will be able to sum up your
life in one word -- frustration. You end up asking questions like: "Why is this happening to
me?" "Why is this happening to other people?" "What is the purpose of this?" "What is the
meaning to life?" The answer is all found in perspective. Perspective allows you to understand
the mind of God, to begin thinking like God does. You learn to see why He does what He does.

In Psalm 103:7 it says "The people of Israel knew the acts of God; but Moses, God shared His
ways with." The people of Israel saw the deeds, the Red Sea open, the manna, the miracles of
the water, etc., they saw the acts of God. But God made known His ways to Moses, His
perspective, why He does what He does. I want God’s perfect perspective! We gain God’s
perspective through God’s Word.

Day 6
Hebrews 5:14 "Solid food is for the mature who by constant use
have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."
        Is it possible to know right and wrong in this day and age of
pluralism? Is it possible to know good from evil? Of course it is. There are
some things that are absolutely right. There are some things that are absolutely
wrong. How do you find out? How do you discern truth from error? This passage describes the
person who is able to discern right from wrong as spiritually mature. This maturity is a result of
“constant use” of the scripture. The word “constant use” can also be translated with the word
“habitual use.” By constant and habitual use of the scriptures you gain biblical convictions
based on truth that keep you from error and trouble. There is right and wrong. This truth is
found in the Word of God. When you give yourself to constant use of the scriptures, not only do
you clearly know right and wrong, but even the gray areas of life come into focus because you
know the heart and mind of God as revealed through His Word.

Day 7
2 Tim 3:16-17 - “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
        These two key verse teach that the scriptures (The Bible) are profitable for doctrine
(what is right), for reproof (what is not right), for correction (how to get right), and for
instruction in righteousness (how to stay right). A Christian who studies the Bible and applies
what he learns will grow in holiness and avoid many pitfalls in this world.

The Scriptures also equip us for service (v. 17). Earlier Paul had called Timothy a "man of God"
(1 Tim 6:11); but here Paul states that any Christian can become a man or woman of God. How?
By studying the Word of God, obeying it, and letting it control his/her life. It is worth noting that
all of the "men of God" named in Scripture - including Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, David, and
Timothy - were men who were devoted to God's Word.

Two words in this verse are especially important: "complete" and "thoroughly equipped." The
word translated "complete" means “in fit shape, in fit condition." it implies being in tip top
spiritually fit condition, ready for gold-medal ministry!

"Thoroughly equipped” has a similar meaning: “adequately equipped for service." In other
words, the Word of God equips a believer with everything he needs so that he can live a life
that pleases God and do the work God wants him to do. The better we know the Word, the
better we are able to live and work for God.

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