So, I went grocery shopping yesterday afternoon. I needed to get meals for that night and for the rest of the week. And, being that it was Ash Wednesday...and being that I'm still a reluctant Catholic (at least in guilt and tradition)...I chose a variety of meatless items. Shrimp. Angel food cake. Egg salad. Fresh mozzarella balls with cherry tomato halves, drizzled in extra-virgin olive oil. Chocolate.
And, I have to admit, there wasn't much of a sense of sacrifice in my shopping cart. I'm not sure when it happened, exactly, but "giving up" meat is pretty easy for me. I've gone vegetarian on and off lots of times in the past 2 decades. I eat vegan a day or two every week, just kind of accidentally, because I'm really fond of Mediterranean dishes like stuffed grape leaves, hummus and tabouli.
Now, if someone were to take my mushroom-olive-and-roasted-red-pepper pizzas away from me and force me to eat only Whoppers and chicken nuggets (both of which I happen to like, but only sometimes), then it would feel more like a sacrifice. But--going out on a limb here--I don't think that's the kind of Lenten observation God had in mind either.
Religion aside, what are your favorite foods to eat during this time of year? Any good meatless meal ideas?