Friday, February 27, 2009

Veggie Tales

Hello, all.

It's Friday again, YAY! We're headed into the weekend, and I am pleased to be going to my writer's group tomorrow, and working on cleaning the house.

So, here is my update on going meatless for Lent:


Whew! I feel much better now. This is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.

For starters, my brother and sister-in-law stopped by the other day. Which was great! We were glad to see them.

But . . . he was also kind enough to bring 2 pounds of deer jerky with him for me and my hubby.

Now, this was not done as a deliberate taunt, since he didn't know I had given up meat for the next few weeks. If he had known . . . he'd have done it anyway and laughed about it until he wet his pants.

My husband has already finished off one pound. I put the other in the freezer, and warned I'd carve him up and put him in the freezer if he touched that jerky!

On Fat Tuesday we had fajitas, and the next day, I had the leftovers, minus the steak: beans, cheese, salsa, peppers, onions, etc.

Then one night we had cheese pizza, breadsticks and marinara sauce. That wasn't so bad. Although the pepperoni pizza for my son and husband beckoned to me, practically calling my name, I was able to resist.

Last night we had Chinese food. I make a really good pork lo mein, and last night it was just as good, without the pork for me. Hubby still had it in his, I just didn't put it in mine.

And that was ridiculously difficult to ignore. The meat, the garlic, the crushed red pepper flakes . . . oh, my. It smelled heavenly. At one point I really did start to pray for the strength to just ignore all that yummy meat on the plate while I stir-fried all the (gulp) healthy veggies.

And it was still good. The noodles and vegetables tasted great. But it just wasn't the same.

So tonight my husband will be having steak, and I'll be having a baked potato. Again, I'm sure it will be fine, but it just won't be the same.

I have found some interesting vegetarian meals online, and I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes. I'll be trying Black Bean Mexican Pizza, Garbonzo Bean Burgers, Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas, and a few others.

So I guess that's it for now. I'm off to the grocery store on my veggie quest.



Mary Connealy said...

Just remember the point of giving something up for Lent is to relect on Jesus's sacrifice. So every time you're dying for a bite of meat, take a few seconds to praise the Lord and give thanks.

That is what was behind my daughter giving up FORKS for Lent one year. She spend considerable time every day being aware of this decision and she'd think of Jesus.

D.C. Stewart said...

Oh, I have so been praying about this. And you're right, my tiny sacrifice is nothing compared to His.

But giving up forks?! How'd she pull that one off?