A journey begins

13 Feb

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lenten journey in the Catholic church.  Without getting all ‘holy art thou’ on everyone, I’d like to spend just a few minutes discussing how the next 40 days impacts our household.

Lent is supposed to be a time of fasting and abstinence.  Many people give up certain types of luxuries or vices as a sign of penitence.  I have known people who have given up junk food, fast food, alcohol, coffee and Facebook.  Additionally, Catholics are also asked to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent.  Most families will simply substitute seafood for meat products, making the friday abstinence very manageable.  However, while Alex will participate in the occasional church fish fry, Lent is a little more challenging in our household.  Alex is allergic to shellfish which means he cannot eat shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, scallops or calamari.  Alex also does not like to eat fish unless its fried and let’s face it, fried fish smell is not exactly optimal in a ranch-style home. So my challenge is to think of hearty non-meat and non-seafood vegetable meals that will satisfy the hunger of a hockey player.

Today, I plan to make falafel sandwiches using this recipe I found online.

Vote on what we should eat for our next Lenten meal.  Check back on Friday to see what I make!

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