We're almost 3 full weeks into our meat-free Lent. At this point, it is becoming much more challenging. I still have 1 more week of meals planned before we have to start repeating meals and potentially get very sick of eating the same things each week. We discovered this week that eating on the road can be difficult when you can't eat meat. We took a mini road trip this weekend to visit some friends in Carthage, Missouri for their annual St. Patrick's Day party. In an effort to grab some dinner on the road, we found ourselves scanning our brains for fast food options that would have a meat-free menu choice. We ended up at Sonic for grilled cheese sandwiches from the kid's menu. Yuck! This was quite possibly one of the worst grilled cheese sandwiches I've ever had. First of all, it's on that uber thick texas toast. Big white texas toast does not appeal to me unless it has been made into garlic toast. Then the sandwich was more "steamed" than "grilled" given that it was all soggy looking. Do kids actually like these things?
I'm also noticing that I rarely feel truly full and satisfied after a meal. I just always have a little bit of a void feeling in my stomach these days, no matter what I eat. It's becoming difficult not to eat all the time! We have found a few meals that are pretty satisfying overall, so I guess we'll have to incorporate those into our meal plan more often.
Here's what we've been eating this week!
Lentil Tacos! (These were absolutely delicious. We will definitely be making these again!)
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Sauteed Mushrooms and Black Bean Soup
Lentil Sloppy Joes with Brussels Sprouts
Southwest Salad with Salsa Ranch dressing
Whole Wheat Pasta with Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, and Olives (carbo-loading for a Saturday Run!)
Veggie and Lentil Quesadillas