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Fridays During Lent...

One would think that after having grown up Catholic when we still ate fish on Fridays and having been vegetarian, then flexitarian for many years that I wouldn't have any problems with abstaining from meat on Fridays. You would be wrong. I don't know what the problem is but I have trouble coming up with something to eat that I want. Now mind you I ate almost all vegetarian meals this week, yes that's right, we had macaroni and cheese, we had potatoes, what had potatoes scrambled with eggs, but yet when it came down to the crunch tonight I wanted food that I didn't have all of the "stuff" make and what I really wanted was Captain D's. Captain D's was too expensive and really not necessary. I just WANTED it. I didn't have the "stuff" to make a vegetarian Mexican meal (I needed salad mix) and I didn't have the stuff to make macaroni and cheese. I hadn't started planning early enough to make beans which are one of my favorite meals. I felt lost and forlorn and like a DOOFUS!!! This was not rocket science. I participated in Meatless Mondays for months, surely I could manage to come up with a veggie meal that did not require a trip to the grocery store.  Well, I did and it was perfect. I made pasta sauce with tempeh in it served over penne pasta with Parmesan cheese. Now was that so hard...no, no it wasn't but I was all tied in knots over silly stuff. I actually think that my problem was that I was "wanting" Captain D's. Sometimes I am such a spoiled brat. Dinner was wonderful. I was left wondering why I haven't made this in a while. I really, really like tempeh and make lots of yummy things with it. Sigh!

The really, really bad thing about this is that we eat meatless meals way more than half of the time. This is not a big deal most of the time but it sure was tonight. I guess I felt like it was "imposed" on me but I am the one who made the choice to be sure and observe Lent this year. No one "imposed" anything on me and bless Steffie's heart, she is a trooper as long as I don't make tuna casserole. She does NOT like "hot" tuna. LOL!!!

I think that part of my problem tonight (besides the siren's song of Captain D's) was that I just spent a week being sick as a dog and not being able to eat much more than dry toast so I was wanting FOOD!!!! I wanted smothered venison and rice with steamed baby carrots. I can have that tomorrow but that just didn't seem reasonable to me tonight for some reason. I can be so weird some days.

Anyway, we had a good dinner and enjoyed it very much. I am sure that I will have delicious meals the next two Fridays as Lent draws to a close. In the meantime I am going to try to plan ahead now that I am well so that I don't find my self in a ridiculous "cramp" like I did tonight.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



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Mar. 17th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Because I love you...

Spaghetti with Clam Sauce

From James Beard's Theory and Practice of Good Cooking (adapted by me)

Makes 4 servings

1 lb spaghetti
1/3 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves (I've been known to double this)
2 7-oz cans minced clams (I like 3 cans chopped clams)
1/2 cup parsley (I don't add this)

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until done to your taste. While it is cooking, heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a skillet, add the garlic, and sauté until just lightly colored, not brown. Add the rest of the oil. Drain the clams and add the liquid from them, and 1/4 cup parsley, and heat to the boiling point. Then add the drained clams and heat through thoroughly. Drain the spaghetti, cook it briefly with the clam sauce, and sprinkle with the rest of the parsley.

This is pretty easy and, if you get a good deal on the canned clams, cheap as well. It's nice to be flush enough to have some salad, too, but it doesn't always work out that way. (I like spinach with chopped or sliced red onions, sliced or slivered almonds (whichever's cheaper) and mandarin oranges. I still haven't made salad dressing like I keep telling myself I will, but a bottled Italian is good over this.)

I'd give you my recipe for pasta with anchovies and garlic, but most people don't like anchovies. One can will do it for a pound of pasta, though.
Mar. 17th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
Thanks Mer! I will have to give this a try! BTW, I am an anchovy fan...Steffie...not so much...the recipe sounds good though!


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