In a world filled with tempting food and extravagance, there is something refreshing about embracing simplicity and nourishing our bodies with foods that honor both our physical and spiritual well-being. The Daniel Fast, inspired by the biblical account of Daniel's dietary choices, offers a unique opportunity to do just that. It's a spiritual journey that not only rejuvenates your faith but also rejuvenates your health. These Daniel Fast Recipes will keep you on track with your commitment to the fast. Nutritious ingredients come together to create dishes that are as satisfying to the soul as they are to the palate.
Whether you are a seasoned Daniel Faster or a curious newcomer seeking inspiration for your next fast, this roundup is your passport to a collection of delectable and wholesome recipes that will carry you through your journey with grace and flavor. If seeking breakfast ideas that will energize your mornings, hearty salads to keep you full throughout the day, or comforting dinners that warm your heart, this roundup has something for everyone.
With the coming winter months, you’re going to want a good chili recipe. This vegan bean chili is just that - perfect for a cold winter night, but strict on ingredients that comply with the Daniel Fast guidelines. It’s packed full of beans, spices, and veggies so you’re sure to be satiated.
A lot of Mediterranean dishes comply with the Daniel Fast guidelines, so take full advantage of delicious Greek food. Briam, which is baked zucchini and potatoes, sounds simple (and it is simple to make) but it’s absolutely delicious. It highlights fresh vegetables with a simple topping of parsley, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
Lentils are a fantastic meat substitute because of their texture. Once cooked, lentils are meaty, hearty, and filling. Scoop out some zucchini to hold the spiced vegan filling, and you’ve got an easy, tasty meal. These would be great for meal prep lunches if you need to take your lunch to work in order to stay on plan with the fast.
Yes, you can still participate in Taco Tuesday while on the Daniel Fast! These black bean tacos highlight the best of the Mexican flavors - corn, black beans, lime, and cilantro. There’s even a delicious dressing you can use to top the black bean tacos. You may not be able to join in on the margaritas, but you can at least have these delicious tacos.
Since the guidelines prohibit processed foods, buying vegan burgers is out of the question. But that’s okay because you can make them right at home, and even make them taste better than store-bought vegan burgers. These quinoa black bean burgers are crispy and chewy without being too crumbly and dry. They are also budget-friendly and full of healthy fiber!
The popular Houston restaurant chain (now Hillstone) had a delicious kale salad. This Daniel Fast recipe allows you to make that salad right at home and comply with all guidelines. It’s got nutrition kale (of course) cabbage, cilantro, roasted peanuts, and a tangy Thai peanut dressing. This salad is great for even those not on the fast!
This traditional dish is naturally vegan and Daniel Fast compliant! Chana Aloo Curry (chickpea and potato curry) is an easy weeknight meal that is bursting with flavor. The chickpeas give protein and the potatoes make hearty. You can spice up the heat, or spice it down - it’s up to your preference!
This recipe is fast and easy to make, and you can have dinner done in 30 minutes. The vegetables roast in one pan, which makes cleanup easy. Herbs and garlic pair with the roasted chickpeas and nutritious veggies to create a healthy, one-pan meal. It’s a good recipe to use when you have veggies sitting in the fridge that need to be used up.
Arakas Latheros is a super simple recipe. You can use frozen peas for ease, combine them with some olive oil, dill, tomatoes, and a potato, and viola- you’ve got a unique side dish that fits well within this Daniel Fast Recipes Roundup. This version is actually a much lighter version than the original, which features a lot more olive oil.
Stuffed peppers are easy and so so filling. The only difference with these is there is no meat, so it’s completely Daniel Fast-friendly. Mexican spices such as cumin, paprika, and chili powder really come through with the quinoa and black beans. You even get a bit of “cheesiness” from the nutritional yeast.
Spaghetti squash is such a versatile vegetable because it can take on the flavors of whatever it is paired with. In this instance, fresh veggies and Italian seasoning are put together to create an Italian Primavera dish that is Daniel Fast compliant. You can cook the entire thing in the Instant Pot so it’s quick and cleanup is easy!
Potato cakes are made with leftover mashed potatoes, rice, carrots, onions, and parsley and are naturally gluten-free. You don’t need to add anything to this recipe. These vegan potato cakes crisp up on the outside with you cook them in a saute pan or even in the air fryer. And the insides stay soft and moist.
Dersa - a spicy chili garlic paste- is the star of this traditional Algerian stew. Even though it’s a North African dish, the ingredients are easy to find. No need to hunt down one unique food just to make this recipe - it’s local grocery store friendly! Once the Dersa is made, all you need are some potatoes and tomato paste to complete the potato stew.
As long as you leave off the bacon, these roasted potatoes and kale are Daniel Fast compliant! Outside of the potatoes and kale, you need some olive oil and spices and that’s it. The peppery kale balances the crispy, warm potatoes in a very satisfying way. Kids may not enjoy this one, but it’ll fit your fast nicely!
Another super simple recipe, that you need to make just one adjustment for. Leave out the maple syrup and you’ve got cinnamony, sweet apples you can have for dessert. When apples are warmed and cooked, their natural sweetness comes out. Combined with the cinnamon, it brings fall flavors out that will be divine if you’re feeling “deprived” on the Daniel Fast.
This pumpkin dinner is hearty, deliciously filling, and serves 2 for a fantastic plant-based meal. It can be ready in under 30 minutes. Curry is known to be warm and comforting (and spicy when you want it that way) so it’s a great fit for a cold night if you’re feeling extra hungry.
You don’t have to skip out on yummy gyros just because you’re on the Daniel Fast! These Greek gyros are made with vegan tempeh, plenty of fresh veggies, and hearty pita bread. It would make a great dinner if you have to entertain, as you could set up a gyros bar and have people build their own. That way you can join in on the fun, but keep yours compliant with your Daniel Fast guidelines.
Don’t let the word “cheesy” scare you off of this one. These zoodles get their cheesiness from nutritional yeast, so the whole dish is vegan and Daniel Fast compliant. The best part is, it takes about 15 minutes total to make. So if you need something quick before you run out of the door, or if you’ve just come in the door, this vegan cheesy zoodle recipe will do wonders.
Air Fryer Cinamon Apple Chips will give you a crispy, sweet, healthy snack that will satisfy any cravings you may be struggling with. They do take about 20 minutes in the air fryer to get ultra crispy, but it’s worth the wait. You can whip up this snack for a movie night at home with the family so you’re not tempted by the buttery popcorn.
Burrito bowls are so comforting and delicious. Just a bowl of goodness that will fill you up. These veggie burrito bowls are just as satisfying as the real thing, and will keep you compliant with your fasting guidelines. The pumpkin seeds bring a much needed crunch and flavor to the bowl, which is what really helps satisfy the cravings.
Yes, you can have mashed potatoes on your Daniel Fast! Most mashed potatoes are not compliant as they are filled with butter, cream, milk, and sometimes cheese. This three ingredient recipe, however, features plain soymilk, garlic, and chopped parsley or chives. The potatoes are the star of the show with this dish - not the dairy, so it’s a win all around.
We’ve got another North African dish on the Daniel Fast recipes list because it so easily fits the guidelines. This recipe has 11 key ingredients, all of which, again, you can find at your local grocery store. Chickpeas are hearty and give this soup the filling texture it needs. The savory broth is full with North African spices that leave the palate craving more.
Because you can have grains while on the Daniel Fast, you can have pasta. You just have to be careful about what sauce you use for your pasta. Most sauces are either filled with cheese or meat- both of which are on the “no” list. This pasta sauce recipe is perfect for spaghetti noodles. It’s vegan and uses homemade date syrup as the sweetener.
Groats are the husked oat kernel. This includes the cereal germ, the bran, and the endosperm of the grain. Oat Groats give texture, are high in fiber, and are fantastic for gut health. This oat groats recipe easily fits the Daniel Fast recipes list as it contains natural grains, fruits, and plant-based milk. It’s a hearty breakfast that will keep you full all morning.
Leave off the cheese, and you have a Mexican Stuffed Baked Potato fit for a Daniel Fast Recipes round up. These baked potatoes are topped with an amazing black bean and corn salsa that will make your mouth water. If you can get your hands on fresh corn, use it! It’s the star of the show in this recipe.
With a vegan almond pesto (rather than one filled with parmesan cheese), you can make this amazing pesto pasta salad. It’s fantastic for dinner parties, potlucks, or cookouts because no one has to know it’s vegan! Pesto is supposed to be “nutty” so using almonds works perfectly. It’s tasty, nutty, and absolutely delicious.
Shredded veggies and the secret ingredient (mushroom powder) come together in this recipe to make a healthy, Daniel Fast-friendly, vegan tuna salad. It’s amazing in lettuce wraps, with whole grain crackers, wrapped up in a vegan sushi roll, or even with just a fork! It’s definitely one of those recipes that doesn’t “feel” like it should be compliant - it’s so decadent. But it is!
This list of Daniel Fast recipes will help you explore the principles of the Daniel Fast, delve into its significance, and discover a variety of mouthwatering meals that prove you don't have to sacrifice taste to honor your faith and health.
And I'll leave you with our veggie kebab recipe that are consistent with the Daniel Fast.
27 Daniel Fast Recipes
- 2 tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 cups seitan chunks
- 1 cup zucchini cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup button mushrooms
- 1 small red beet cut into bite sized pieces
- 4-6 cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tablespoon bbq seasoning of choice
- In a ceramic or glass bowl, mix the mustard and soy sauce until well combined. Add seitan chunks to the bowl and let them marinate for about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place bamboo skewers in a dish, pour over warm water and leave them to soak for 20 minutes.
- Next, toss vegetables with BBQ spice mix and olive oil. Thread the marinated seitan and vegetables onto the skewers, alternating between different ingredients.
- Grill your kebabs for approximately 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through and nicely charred.