Time to plan those meatless family meals: Lent is very near. Today’s CNS feature tells a bit of it. I usually have one meatless meal with my family each week. Lately, I’ve tried to move that to Friday. I did a baked macaroni dish the other night, following a Joy of Cooking recipe. The eggs made it rich, but the cheese I had on hand gave it an overall bland flavor. Even though I added nutmeg to the egg mix along with the other spices, I didn’t think much of the final result. I told the young miss to mix in some pasta sauce with the leftovers tonight before reheating.
A local sub shop sells day-old bread for 48 cents a loaf. Once or twice a month a pick up a dollar’s worth of bread and I’ll split them, brush them with olive oil and red sauce, then sprinkle cheese on them. The young miss likes when I add my pistachio pesto under the mozzarella.
Me, I could take red beans and rice two or three times a week, but the women of the house can’t handle the spice–plus my wife doesn’t like beans.
Fondue is a favorite of the young miss, too. It can be awkward sharing that large fondue pot, so for the nights in front of a movie on the tube, I’ve conceded to pouring the cheese mixture in warmed mugs.
When we were kids, I remember having an occasional “breakfast” dinner: Mom would fix eggs and pancakes. I don’t do that a lot. I’ve tried one or two recipes for savory waffles, but they aren’t popular on my home front.
The CNS piece mentioned a baked potato bar–I think that would work in my home. The women both love potatoes. My preference would be potato crepes. For these I run potato in the blender with the other ingredients and get a super smooth batter. I spread them thin in the fry pan and when done, I’ll roll the potato cakes like taquitos, filled with applesauce or sour cream. I understand there is an Eastern European lokse, pictured above left. My crepes are even thinner.
My challenge is to fix a meal that’s simpler than my usual meatless fare. My daughter is already used to one to even three dinners a week without chicken, beef, or fish. One Lent I drank only water, but water-only at a meal wouldn’t look much different to the young miss, either. Half the time she prefers water to milk or juice, anyway. My wife is the only pop drinker in the house.
Any good ideas for Lenten meals?