Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of Lent for many Christians, including Catholics. Ash Wednesday is a 40-day period of prayer, fasting, and abstinence before Easter. There are actually 46 days before Easter, but Sundays are not included in the fasting period.
However, Fridays, as well as today, are designated "no meat" days. Here is a good explanation of all the possible reasons why this tradition has continued, but ultimately it's about recognizing the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on that Friday long ago. That means seven Fridays before Easter, and seven nights of, "What should I cook?"
If you're not a fan of fish and fish fries (don't worry - we'll keep you in the church), I'm offering six meatless recipes, and one super easy, super yummy recipe for salmon that I just have to give you because even my kids like it.
First up: Potato Egg Bake.
I really love egg and potato casseroles. They have come to remind me of holidays at my sister-in-law's house. She makes the best egg casseroles. They are easy, nutritious, and fairly inexpensive to make. The one I am sharing with you is adapted from one of my go-to cookbooks, Gluten-Free Made Simple: Easy Everyday Meals That Everyone Can Enjoy. It contains lots of protein in the eggs, milk and cheese.
It's a recipe the whole family will love, and when Lent is over, you can throw your favorite meat in the casserole!
One more bonus recipe is here (pancakes - yum!) courtesy of The Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms. Happy Lent everyone!