This week marks the beginning of Lent, and in our house, that means being more deliberate about planning meatless meals. Is giving up meat really a sacrifice in this day and age? Not usually–and replacing it with fish often feels like more of a splurge for a seafood lover like me. But I view the tradition as an opportunity to be mindful about how we consume our food resources, as well as a weekly reminder of the season. The kids made Lenten promises in religious ed on Sunday, and I was pleased to hear that they didn’t give up candy or dessert. The eldest gave up Nintendo (a real sacrifice, I assure you), and the youngest promised to “help Dad take out the trash.” Miss Seven hasn’t divulged her promise yet–she’s still thinking about it. I’m still thinking about it, too.
In the meantime, I’ve planned two meatless meals this week, both quick and easy for busy weeknights.
Monday: Hamburgers and oven fries
Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Cordon Bleu, rice pilaf with thyme, green beans
Wednesday: Pasta with tuna sauce, salad
Thursday: Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyere and Egg (and some variation for the kids)
Friday: Black bean crispy tacos, guacamole, salad
Do you regularly plan meatless meals in your house?
We usually do Thursdays meatless. It’s not too bad as long as you plan. I’m impressed that you plan out a week ahead of time. Cheers.
We are meatless at least 50% of the time – mainly for health reasons. I’ve noticed that I don’t love meat quite as much much as I used to, and when I do indulge in a nice burger it tastes good but I just don’t feel good all night long and don’t sleep as well. Probably not going vegan but definitely a plant-based diet. Love to see what else your family eats in this category!