Ash Wednesday is March 9th 2010 and that day marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Catholics and some Protestant denominations. As a Catholic, our family will mark that day by fasting and attending Mass where we will receive ashes and the reminder that we came from dust and to dust we will return.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent which is 6 weeks of fasting/ abstinence, prayer and charitable giving that continues through to The Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.) During this time, some people fast from their favorite foods, others from FaceBook or other leisurely pursuits, others add to their spiritual lives rather than subtract from their worldly ones. But for many parents and caregivers, the season of Lent brings about another quandary… what, besides Mac and Cheese and Fish Sticks, can I serve my family on the Fridays of abstaining from meat? Well, hopefully I can help out there.
I love to cook. I mean it. There is something about looking into the great unknown of your pantry or refrigerator and coming up with a dish for your family. Some are great hits… others great misses, but they are all fun to make. It wasn’t always like this though. When I was first married, I couldn’t cook a lick (hehehe, Pun intended!) and the Mister did most of the cooking, but as time progressed, I started to see cooking as scientific and I was hooked. It didn’t help that we started watching “Good Eats” pretty regularity. My In-laws soon gave us subscriptions to “Bon Appetit” and “Cooking Light” and the rest is history.
Starting today and continuing through the Lenten Season, I will post meat-free (and sometimes dairy-free) recipes that I have tried and found success with in my family. Some will have pics, others will not all depends on what’s going on in the CCM household! You will also have the chance to send me your favorite meat-free recipes and I will be glad to post them! I have found that the Lenten abstinence from meat allows my family to try some veggies that they might not otherwise, saves the family some cash that we can then donate and is overall healthier for us all. So, look for the tags “Lent,” “meatless,” or “dairy-free” and I hope you have a prayer-full Lent.
(P.S. For my friends and family who have wondered about my weight loss… many of these recipes are weekly offerings in our house.)
If you have a meat-free recipe that you’d like to share, email it to caffeinatedcatholicmama (at) gmail (dot) com. Leave your name and location for the props that are sure to come (I’ll only use first names on the site!)