Lenten abstinence does not have to be boring
Those of us who grew up Catholic during the 1950’s through 1960’s remember meatless Fridays during Lent. The one day of the week where some kind of fish, eggs, or vegetable dish ruled.
We remember tuna or egg salad sandwiches, sardine sandwiches, and cheese sandwiches, PB&J, all wrapped in wax paper.
Then things changed. Meatless Fridays were reserved for Lent, along with Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and one or two other days.
Some Christian Orthodox sects totally abstain from meat during the Lenten season.
There are plenty of ways for people to have their meatless Fridays and enjoy them. This is becoming easier with more great recipes for vegetarian dishes, better recipes for fish, and creative uses of other ingredients.
There are many restaurants serving great meatless fare.
The classic Chicago Lenten sandwich (sanguich in Chicagoese) is the pepper and egg, seen above. The pepper and egg sanguich is Chicago born and a Chicago classic. There are plenty of places to get a good one. Naming the best one would cause an outbreak of tribal warfare. Most beef stands and casual Italian restaurants serve them.
A hearty version of a tuna salad sandwich can be found at many sandwich shops.
There are other ways to go meatless and still enjoy a hearty meal. Just because you sacrifice something does not mean you should deny yourself pleasure.
Fish is a good choice if your religious sect does not forbid eating anything that had a mother.
Thanks to our modern food chain and faster transportation there are wider varieties of fresh and frozen fish available. There are plenty of great recipes to cook fish. Make the internet your friend.
There are many Middle Eastern restaurants serving great tasting vegetarian dishes. Many of them have inexpensive specials you can take advantage of.
Salads are always a good choice for Lent. Salads offer a variety of taste combinations, including olives, capers, anchovies, various cheeses for example. Salads do not have to be boring rabbit food with just oil and vinegar.
There are a wide variety of Mac and Cheese recipes, from savory to spicy, to indulge in too.
There are plenty of options available to make great meatless meals. There are plenty of restaurant options. Do some homework. You do not have to suffer to abstain.