This Lent, I am trying to do two things with our eating. First, I am only shopping at Aldi, which is ... not my favorite. I love the Market District, with its huge selection of international foods, gourmet chocolate, and massive produce section. (And people who bag your groceries for you.) What I don't get at Aldi, I will try to buy locally--bread from the baker's, coffee from the local roaster, fresh fish from Wholey's. And my beloved Market District will be a last resort for things I can't get elsewhere.
I meant to go to a local market this afternoon but found that I'd forgotten my shopping list, so rather than getting all the kids out of the car into severely cold weather with certain knowledge I'd forget half the things I needed ...I got some fresh challah at the bakery (and a free slice of cinnamon bread for Michael!), and then some whole bean coffee from a local chain in the same plaza. The coffee I remembered, because my coffee jar looked like this.
And that was yesterday. I don't think it's a coincidence I took a long nap today while the kids slept ... something I never do!
I'm also trying to cook mostly meatless meals this Lent. Right now my plans are to cook with meat on Sundays, and perhaps one other day during the week.
I'm going to try not to rely too heavily on dairy, partly because Keith is sensitive to it, but when I typed out the meals we've had this week they all included cheese or cream in some form.
Here's what we've eaten so far:
Ash Wednesday: homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese on sourdough
Thursday: risotto with peas and mushrooms
Friday: carrot, apple, and ginger soup with salad and fresh challah :)
Some old standbys I anticipate using (some of which are also listed in this post):
Sweet potato and black bean tacos (this recipe makes a lot and everyone here loves it)
Meatless pizza (I know! Dairy! But there's also this which is completely amazing)
And some new recipes I'm looking forward to trying:
Squash, lentils, and goat cheese
French onion soup
Soups from this cookbook