The Great Lent began about two weeks ago, which means that those who follow this tradition, abstain from eating meat at least on Friday of every week, or some even do it on Wednesdays as well.
If you are like me, and are used to having meat at least once or twice per day, preparing meatless meals a couple of times per week might create a challenge. I used to really stress out about this during my early years of cooking, but after a while I built quite a long list of meatless meal choices, and could easily be a vegetarian, if I could only win my family over to that eating style.
I have been posting some of my meatless recipes during this past year, so if you are searching for ideas, here are the links to these posts:
Palushky (Potato Dumplings)
Halushky (Pasta with cabbage)
Vegetarian Holubtsi (Cabbage Rolls)
Homemade Pasta (in the lower section of the linked post)
If you are interested in a rather quick meal, there is always Macaroni and Cheese (you can add in some steamed broccoli, or any other of your favorite vegetables), Tuna Fish Salad, Egg Salad, Shrimp Scampi, any other fish which may be fried or broiled, pasta with steamed veggies, pasta with tomato sauce, pizza, PBJ, etc.
With so many different choices, the few meatless days during the 40 days of lent, pass by so quickly, that before you know it, you are back to the old meat cooking routine.
Sometimes I actually miss a meatless meal, so I whip one up for a change, just to add a new twist to my meal planning.
As always, please share your favorite meatless meal idea with all of us.