Monday, February 27, 2017
Menu Plan: First Week of Lent
We just got home (less than 24 hours ago) from a fantabulous family vacation. We were able to visit with some good friends, stay at some lovely hotels, eat amazing food, go to Legoland, take over a cooking friend's home, enjoy the sunshine and the beach and the ocean, attend church at a cathedral in our communion, commune with our brothers and sisters and visit with friends there, and then returned home after almost 11 days to the frozen north and snow and ice. Nejat has told us numerous times today that she wants to move to California because there is no snow there.
Glory to God, we did not return to a flooded basement! So, even though we hadn't planned on doing our doughnut night this year, since Shrove Tuesday was only a day after our return, we are going to throw it together, anyway. I'm not sure who will be able to make it, but our kids were rather disappointed to hear that I was skipping it this year.
Lent is upon us, and even though we follow the Western calendar, I am pleased that it coincides with the East this year. May both lungs of the Church be united in our lifetime. If you want a refresher on the Lenten fast, it is a Trinity of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. We find it better to fast with the Church than to come up with something to give up specifically, though we have done that as well as the fast. Since we have small children, we are not as strict about the fast as we might be otherwise, we still eat dairy and egg, and occasionally fish, and we eat meat on Sundays. Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are strict fasts, for at least 24 hours, but we have younger children who may only participate for one or two meals or none at all (in the case of Nejat, for instance), so I still plan meals for those days. We try to keep the stricter rules for Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent, but sometimes cannot do so. However, if you are looking for menu help and meal ideas for Lent, I do post meals and recipes that are meat free.
As we prepare for Lent, we must prepare for self-examination, in that frame of mind, if I have offended you or wronged you in any way, please forgive me and pray for me, a sinner. Have a blessed fast.
Breakfast: Cereal, Bananas, Cocoa and Coffee
Dinner: Pizza at the Airport
Breakfast: Pancakes with Butter and Blueberry Lemon Preserves, Fried Ham, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Mexican Spiced Beef and Vegetables with Salsa Rice
- Tuesday - Mardi Gras
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Toast, Oranges, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Crock Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage, Rice, Hot Pepper Vinegar, Yeasted Potato Doughnuts with Lemon Glaze, Apple Fritters with Cinnamon Glaze*
- Wednesday - Ash Wednesday
Breakfast: Almond Butter Toast, Tangerines, Tea with Honey
Dinner: Besan Chila, Harissa, Cabbage Salad, Fruit Plate
Breakfast: Creamed Eggs, Toast Fingers, Oranges, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Indian Dal Makhani, Garlic Rice, Fruit Plate
Breakfast: Honey Almond Butter Toast, Tea with Honey
Dinner: Garbanzo Bean Tomato Soup with Orzo, French Bread, Fruit
Breakfast: Cherry Almond Granola with Yogurt and Honey, Milk and Coffee
Dinner: Potato Kibbeh, Steam Sauteed Vegetables, Fruit Plate