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Meatless Meals That Will Make You Drool in 2018

I’m back with some more great ideas for your meatless meals! Have you checked out my beet and quinoa stuffed artichokes? Or my sundried tomato and mushroom lentil casserole?

How’s it going so far? A few of my friends swear by McDonald’s Fillet of Fish for Fridays in Lent. Who am I to judge?! Especially if you are super busy! But…if that isn’t your thing, hang out here with me for a few minutes and get your notepad ready to add a few new things to your grocery list.

CAN WE TALK WRAPS?

I love wraps. All sorts of wraps. Tortilla wraps, flatbread wraps, wonton-wrapped goodies, and Spring Rolls. They are pretty easy and so diverse! You can stick anything in there and call it a meal. I also love using the Spring Roll wraps because they are low carb, and the family gets a kick out of being able to see what is in their food.

Some great additions to Spring Rolls wraps are

  • Rice Noodles and veggies, with a side of spicy peanut sauce
  • Rice, Shrimp, and Avocado (a bit like a California Roll), soy sauce on the side
  • Cabbage, crab, and a few sprigs of Cilantro
  • Micro-greens and Lentils with a curry sauce on the side

You could basically put whatever you want inside!

Moving on to something more in line with comfort food, my family loves the simplicity of Tortellini in broth with cheese sprinkled over the top. It’s quick, cheap, and easy! You could always add a salad to the side, french bread, or some veggies.

Now for the Eggplant

Next, I bring you Eggplant. I admit that it can sometimes fall into the category of questionable vegetables. Fixed the right way, it’s almost unrecognizable! (For my kids, that can be a good thing sometimes.) Eggplant is very versatile, and it absorbs flavor very well. I’ve heard it referred to as “sponge-like”, which understandably turns some people off from using it. It reminds me a bit of Tofu in that regard, a bit flavorless on its own, but quite delightful when fixed just right.

For this recipe, I peeled and sliced the eggplant 1/2 inch thick. Then I brushed both sides with a Chimi Churry sauce, and let it marinate for a couple of hours in the fridge. When I was ready to make dinner, I cooked it low and slow in a cast iron skillet until it was tender. It was very flavorful served on a bed of greens with some melty cheese on top. It would also be great with a side of polenta.

Coming up in the next post, I’ll share the quick recipe for the cheesy noodle “cupcakes” in the featured photo! Be sure to check out our full archives for meatless meals as well as our Pinterest board of meatless meals, too!

May your Lent be blessed and spiritually fruitful!

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The Sorrowful Mysteries and a Good Friday Cry

rosaryFridays are full of feelings- anticipation, accomplishment, exhaustion, and, yes, sorrow. For me, it is the end of a packed week of getting kids out the door to school each morning, helping them with homework, packing lunches, doing laundry, going to work, keeping up the house, and making sure meals are made and eaten before kids head out to their activities. There is barely enough time to exhale; then, comes Friday. Often, I feel spent. Sometimes, I even need a good cry, like I need a glass of water on a hot August afternoon. I need it that much. It’s not that I am sad or disappointed, it is just a release. And, as I often discover, my Catholic faith has an app for that: The Sorrowful Mysteries. Each Friday, when I have a moment to pray the rosary, I meditate on the sorrowful mysteries of Christ’s life. These sorrows have an even deeper meaning during this season of Lent. Over the years, I have had insights into those sorrowful events from so long ago that speak to who I am as a mother today.

1. The Agony in the Garden

Sometimes, my insights come from unpleasant exchanges that I witness at home. Usually it is a quarrel between two or more of my children over some trivial material object like a toy or an article of clothing. Seeing them value an object over the feelings and well-being of another breaks my heart. On one particular day, I was so upset; I left the house and walked the dog to calm down. It occurred to me on our walk that when Jesus was in agony in the garden, it was not only because he dreaded the physical pain of death on the cross. Rather, he was in agony because he was about to witness his children sin in awful ways, ultimately condemning him to death.

2. The Scourging of Jesus at the Pillar

Jesus’ suffering is twofold; knowing that these are His children who are torturing Him, He now also has to witness the grief in the eyes of those who love Him as He is publicly scourged. He could tolerate the physical pain of the blows knowing the value of redemptive suffering. But, knowing that because of the gift of free will, some will choose to sin and, because of this, others will grieve, Jesus’ scourging was even more painful. As a mother, I have seen my children experience name calling and I am filled with sorrow because I know that it will leave scars on them. But, through compassion and good counsel, they will learn that they are not what they have been called, but rather they are what they do. Much worse is to see them call another person a name or spread gossip about another person. That alters their character and cannot be healed with good counsel, but rather, good confession.

 3. The Crowning with Thorns

Jesus is stripped of all human dignity and there is no suggestion of royalty or divinity. He is given a crown to be mocked and ridiculed. As moms, we often have a crown of thorns that we wear. It presents in the form of humiliations we have, just by being moms. I have crowns aplenty some days. I recall pulling up to the school drop-off in my old van one morning. As we approach, you can hear a rhythmic whistle of a car singing…”I am old, I am old.” As the slightly dented van door opens, there is an ugly scuffle in the back seat and I have to smile and correct my children to exit one at a time, as teachers and other parents look on. The last child drags a grocery bag full of the week’s car trash that has hooked onto her shoe and it spills onto the side of the road. Any hint of dignity is gone. I adjust my crown and pick up the trash and drive off.

4. The Carrying of the Cross

Here, Jesus carries the weight of our sins up the hill to Calvary where he will be crucified. His human body is weak but His divine spirit moves him to complete the journey. Mom’s have crosses, too. They are burdens that we know are necessary so that we can reach our ultimate destination. Moms sacrifice so much for the family. Yet, these trials of motherhood are wrought with great, worthy purpose. We cannot carry these burdens alone. We need divine assistance.

5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

My Friday meditations of these sorrowful mysteries end with the death of Jesus. And this mystery fills me with such hope that I cannot explain in human terms. I suppose that is why they are referred to as mysteries. He loved us that much. It really is the greatest love story ever told. And, with that, I exhale and I am ready to enjoy a weekend with my family.

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Meatless Fridays: Quick 3 Ingredient Meal

 

 

Hmmmm…it’s Friday and the troops are hungry, but I’ve simply been too busy to worry about that…that is until the rumbling bellies distracted me from other matters!

I need a quick solution and have three ingredients:
  • Frozen ravioli – generic from Walmart
  • Pasta sauce – large from Sam’s
  • Parmesan cheese – yep, the green shaker type – the hard block for grating is waiting for a more glamorous meal.

 

 

This is going to be quick and simple!

  •  Pour enough sauce to cover the bottom of an 8 x 13 pan.
  • Layer in the ravioli and pour on remaining sauce.

 

 

 

Evenly sprinkle any spices you usually use to ‘enhance’ jar sauce. (OK, I know that’s more than three items but I’m not counting optional ingredients.) No need to mix…I said it was simple!

 

 

I used:

  • Pepper
  • Minced garlic (Tones)
  • Italian Spices (Tones)
  • A bit of brown sugar (it reduces acidity from the tomatoes)

 

 

 Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese.

A quick taste, to make sure it’s ‘top chef’ fixin’s. Cover with aluminum foil and it’s off to a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

 

 

Bless us, oh Lord, and these Thy gifts,

Which we are about to receive,

From Thy Bounty,

Through Christ, Our Lord.

AMEN! 

 

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