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Ellie Krieger's Tuscan Vegetable Soup powers up meatless Lenten meals

Ellie Krieger looks great both in the kitchen and out
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Ash Wednesday 2014 falls on March 5.

The day marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, the 40 days that lead up to the church’s triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Practicing Central New Jersey Catholics will be joining Catholics throughout the world in observing the dietary changes of fasting and abstinence that Lent requires.

On the two days of fasting, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meal is permitted. Those who are over the age of 18 and under 60 are obliged to observe the rules of fasting. Abstinence forbids the consumption of meat in any form. All Catholics 14 and over are required to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays in Lent, according to the American Catholic website. Those whose health would be compromised by fasting and abstinence are excused.

No meat on Fridays means no steaks, burgers or chicken wings for dinner. At least not for the next six weeks.

Lenten Friday dinners don't have to be boring. Meatless soups like Ellie Krieger’s Tuscan Vegetable Soup, are so soul-satisfying, there won’t be a single person at the dinner table missing the meat. Use the vegetable broth option as the soup’s base to fully comply with the abstinence restrictions.

The recipe can be found on the Food Network’s website. It is a good recipe to make for the one full meal allowed on Ash Wednesday as well.

Click here to watch Ellie make Tuscan Vegetable Soup.

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