Two weeks from today is Mardi Gras, which means that it’s almost time for Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent.
I don’t usually give up anything for Lent. Instead, I try to focus on doing things that draw me closer to God and put my faith into practice–daily Bible study, mid-week church services, community service, etc. But this year may be different.
I have been contemplating if I can give up meat for Lent, and it has been on my mind so much that I wonder if God put it there. I haven’t seen any of the movies or read any of the books that reveal the gross, gory and cruel practices that take place before I buy my chicken breast cutlets and hamburger patties at the grocery store, but I know that if I stop and think about what I am eating, I can lose my appetite.
While I don’t think that eating meat is morally wrong, I would be undertaking this Lenten sacrifice for moral reasons–and that’s why I think it is appropriate for Lent.
My husband is willing to go along at home (he can still get chicken shiskebabs for lunch at work), my son is back at college so he won’t be affected, and I still will feed Tiger Lilly her grain-free, lamb-based kibble.
While I won’t be doing this for health reasons, I need to figure out how to do it without relying too much on pasta and pizza.
I know there are lots of great vegetarian cookbooks, but I need to keep things simple, and my husband doesn’t eat tofu, is wary of “interesting” grains, and doesn’t like many vegetables. So far my recipe list includes pasta e fagioli, vegetable quiche, and grilled cheese and soup. If I don’t give up fish/shrimp I would have more options, but I’m not sure that would be true to my moral compass. (I know there also are issues with dairy and eggs, but I am not ready to give up dairy or eggs, even for 40 days.)
Have you ever given up a food or food group for Lent?
Do you have any simple vegetarian recipes for a picky eater?