Now I am not very trendy. This is nothing new to those that know me. I’ve been old fashioned since I was born. When I was about 13 my favorite thing to do, besides re-reading ‘Little House on the Prairie’, was put on a long prarie dress I had, tie a bonnet to my head and take flowers to a nearby cemetary with a girl friend of mine. We would make up stories about the names on the headstones. Wild stuff huh?
It is very trendy nowadays to eat meatless, to be vegetarian, to be vegan even. It is a sign of fortitude, standing in the face of us omnivores, to take a stand against eating “anything with a face”. It shows enlightenment. To face the onslaught of carnivorous fast food ads, to a point where now every restaurant offer meatless options, some not even even giving you a choice. (you know who you are).
Then there are people like, oh, who was it, Paul McCartney maybe, who tried to encourage trendy people to set one day a week aside, to have “meatless mondays” for better health and to help “save” our planet. (or at least a steer).
Well, news flash. Catholics have been doing this for years. And years. Only recently giving it up as a requirement for the club and making it a “suggestions”. Does anyone say ‘thank you’ to the catholics for all those cows they spared? I bet its the loss of meatless Fridays that is causing global warming!! Okay, maybe not. As tradition goes, one sacrificed eating meat each Friday as a small sacrifice for God, as a way of disciplining ones spirit and showing ones body who is boss. Now we do it to ‘be green’. A sacrifice for the planet. Hmmm.
Having become catholic after 20 odd years of meatfull and guilt-free protestanism, I now have the weekly challenge of coming up with meatless meals every friday. I know, I know, modern catholics don’t need to have meatless fridays anymore. But as more old fashioned, traditional catholics, we still try to maintain meatless fridays traditions. Besides, what if I want to save the planet? Or a cow? I need to come up with something besides cereal or pancake night. (A friend of mine called it ‘Brinner’) That gets old real fast. This would be easy if it was just for me. But I am stumped when it comes to feeding the whole family.
In theory since I would like to only buy grass fed meat, and since it is more expensive I would be buying less and we would be eating less of it. Quality, not quantity. Of course, this often falls into the just theory category, depending on who is doing the shopping. But we try.
Which brings me back to meatless meals. This is not something that comes easy to me. When I first learned to cook, well, not even learned really. But I would fry up pork chops, thin ones and make them real crispy. Serve them up with applesauce and ta-da! Dinner. Thats it. No side dish, no bread. Dinner is pork chops, period. Maybe a napkin. The rest of the week we eat out. Veggies? Ptffff. See that applesauce? What more do you want?
Anyway, it is friday today and as usual, I have no plan. I have been bouncing ideas around for a couple hours. I looked through a notebook of recipes. That helped. Now as I am writing, I am jumping up to saute the onions for soup. Then putting together a salad and some grilled cheese sandwiches, ones with cheddar on the inside and parmesan on the outside. ummm. But every week its the same old dilemma. What to do, what to do? I rarely have a plan. So now, here, I am trying to come up with one.
I will list my meatless menu ideas here. Then, when I get stuck, I will look back here for suggestions. Thats the plan. I will make a meatless meals category. What, you expected something big and exciting? Thats the plan! I am willing to listen to better ones.
I will start a new post to list meatless dinner plans as I find them. It has to be something we will all eat. If it was just me, it would be tuna and noodles every friday night. No worries. But this is for all of us.
Feel free to offer suggestions.
- Tuna and Noodles (duh)
- Fish tacos
- egg and vegy scramble
- other breakfast type foods
- Jumbo baked potatoes, salad, garlic bread
- Tomato soup, sandwiches
- pizza, like shrimp scampi or vegy
- baked halibut, rice, rolls, spinich
- Shrimp scampi
- Pasta with marinara
- all time favorite-eat out!
- *veggie/rice teriyoki
- *veggie/cheese/bean quesadilla
- *lemon/tuna melt
- *Portabello sliders. (wouldn’t they need bacon though?)
* credit goes to my sweetie-daughter, who never liked cooking much at home and now is unstoppable in the kitchen!