The Great Lent begins on Monday, as it always does for the Byzantine Rite Catholics.
The Great Lent for Roman Catholics does not start until Ash Wednesday, so they have two extra days to enjoy meat meals. They also celebrate a very traditional Fat Thursday, when they enjoy their delicious “Paczki”, doughnuts.
I personally like to prepare meatless meals on Wednesdays and Fridays for the duration of the Great Lent, as well as during the full Holy Week, which is the week just before Easter Sunday.
If you are craving Varenyky (also known as Pyrohy or Pierogi), but it is too hot to cook or no time for such a project, Palushky (Plachyky, Kopytka, or Gnocchi) is an excellent alternative for that dish. It is simple, quick, and delicious. I love to serve mine with butter and sauteed onions, a dollop of sour cream, and a side vegetable dish like broccoli, mixed vegetables, or cooked carrots.
Cooking meatless meals few times per week might sound challenging for those who are used to cooking with meat most of the time, hence Suburbangrandma is here to offer TWENTY-FIVE meatless meals suggestions with pictures and links to the corresponding recipes.
Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras – in French), which always falls before Ash Wednesday (the beginning of the Great Lent for Christians), so by tradition, everyone loves to eat, drink, and be merry, on Fat Tuesday.