Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Five - Food

Happy Friday!! how are you today?



I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with  Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness. The theme today is food, and I LOVE talking about food!

Today I want to tell you about eating during Lent. I used to not observe Lent, but after my grandmother passed away, I chose to observe Lent in her memory. For anybody who is not Catholic, Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter, in which we cannot have meat on Fridays and give up 1 (or more) thing that we enjoy for those 40 days. I gave up Cheesteaks.

I am not a vegetarian, and I have a deep respect for those who are vegetarians or vegans. Here are 5 meat free meals that are my favorites for meat free Fridays

1. Avocado Rolls - The new love of my life!



2 . Vegetable Hibachi at Tokyo Diner- It has the perfect ratio of broccoli and onions! and I love my onions a lot!!



3. Rice and eggs- when I was little, my mom used to make Mexican rice and boiled eggs. It was one of my favorite meals! It's so simple and so delicious! We call this our "we are broke" meal.



4. Chilaquiles - chilaquiles are simply nacho chips smothered in mole sauce. I top mine with cheese, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and cheese.

 

5. When all inspiration has left, there is always veggie and cheese pizza to fill up my belly! and I do love pizza very much!!


Do you observe Lent?
Did you even know what Lent was? lots of people at my office had no idea what lent was!
What is your favorite part of a pizza? The crust, melty cheese or the sause? for me is the cheese! Yums!!
Do you have a favorite Veggie?



26 comments:

  1. I am not a vegetarian either but do eat like that a few times a week. I never though of putting hard boiled eggs with fried rice. What is the sauce you put on it?

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    1. I love hardboiled eggs and rice! but I don't like fried egg in my fried rice, I just can't deal with it.

      The sauce on top of my rice is homemade tomato salsa, this one was extra red.

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  2. I live and breathe for avocado rolls. I always ask for mine with the rice on the outside of the seaweed too! Try it!

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    1. That sounds amazing!! I'm going to ask for that next time !! Thanks!

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  3. It is surprising to me that people you work with don't know what Lent is! Methodists, Lutherans, and other Christian denominations observe it too, right? I was not brought up in any religion, but I knew what Lent was because all my friends growing up would give up something. I remember in HS my friend Emily gave up chocolate but at lunch on the first day of Lent she accidentally drank a chocolate milk! We all laughed. I didn't learn about the no meat thing until I was on a date with a guy (post college) and he was Catholic so he couldn't order what he wanted- a cheesesteak!!! :)

    If we hadn't just spent so much money, I would suggest a Tokyo Diner dinner to Paul tonight!

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    1. I know! I was surprised people at work didn't know about Lent! I asked the 3 people who didn't know if they celebrated Easter, and they said yes, but didn't know about the 40 days leading up to it! Weird!

      Growing up my mom never enforced the no meat on Fridays, it would be late at night, and we were hungry for dinner and she sent us for tacos at the corner, half way through the meal, she was all annoyed about forgetting it was lent!! My grandmother was the religion enforcer.

      Tell me about it! I can't have Tokyo diner until the next paycheck!!

      it's funny now that you say it... we Catholics seem to be very dramatic about Lent and what we give up! it's like if nobody else knows, it doesn't count!

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  4. Dat hibachi looks amazing! I love the ratio!
    Hmmm my fave veggie dish... I love all veggies, honestly, so I"m not too picky, I just can't have things that are overly sauced or super rich/oily/buttery and I'm not a big cheese person. Honestly, I love to just be unleashed at a salad bar :D
    If a veggie egg white omelet counts... I will demolish one!

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    1. Veggies are soo good!! Salad bars are the best! I used to get a salad for dessert back in my buffet days!

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  5. I was born and raised Catholic so yes, Lent was a big deal. Candy and sweets were seemed to be the thing we gave up. My grandma was better at staying strong than the rest of us. I too am a huge pizza fan!

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    1. It seems all grandma's were strong on the dedication to lent! My mom still forgets !

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  6. Like Marcia, yes, I was raised Catholic. But we don't practice any religion now. Altho I am a fan of people who use lent for activities like daily meditation and things like that.

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    1. I don't practice it either, I only do lent on my grandma's memory.

      I saw that on Lisa's post, and it sounds amazing!!

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  7. I am Catholic and observe Lent. This year I started meditating instead of giving something up. Going meatless on Fridays is a struggle for me- this week I made a veggie lasagna but I am always looking for new ideas!

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    1. Veggie Lasagna sounds really tasty! I will give that a try this week! We did pasta and sauce this past week. I'm always also looking for new ideas to rotate!

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  8. I was not raised Catholic, but have observed my own version of Lent (so to speak). This is the first year (in a long time) that I have not either given up something or done a "new" thing for the 40 days. My bad.

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    1. That is awesome Kimberly! I had never tried to do a new thing for lent, that's an awesome concept!

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  9. I'm Jewish so I don't observe Lent, but I can certainly appreciate it. And I can also appreciate your delicious food -- these dishes look amazing!

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    1. Thank you Rachel! food can be appreciated across the board, right?

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  10. Mmmm, these all look like delicious options! I had never thought of Mexican rice and eggs together, but it sounds simple and yummy!

    Do you eat fish on Fridays during Lent, or do you abstain?

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    1. Mexican rice and hardboiled eggs are amazing!!

      I don't eat fish, but only because I don't like fish, but it is allowed.

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  11. I do observe Lent. This year I gave up junk food. I don't eat meat on Fridays but I do eat seafood.

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    1. Giving up junk food is HUGE!! I couldn't survive that!

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  12. I grew up observing lent but I don't observe it anymore. I looooove rice with egg in it - so good!

    I am vegan-curious. I would love to be a vegan but I enjoy eating chicken a lot and am not sure about giving it up. Adam and I went vegetarian for a year once, and I was so happy to eat meat again when the year was up. I feel like today vegan/vegetarian food is much more accessible and there are many other options at restaurants besides a salad, so it might be easier to go vegan these days. I do love vegan rolls when they are stuffed with avocado!!! <3

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    1. I have been Vegan curious too!! But then I remember I love tacos!

      you went vegetarian for a year?? OmG! how did you do? Tell me more about it!

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  13. Yum, I love avocado rolls! Though I also love it when sushi places get creative and put other veggies in their veggie rolls. Rice and beans is my I'm broke meal, I never thought about rice and eggs. I'll have to remember that :)

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    1. Yes!! there is a place in Chester County that does a sweet potato tempura roll! it is divine!! Wegmans also does very fancy veggie rolls!

      Rice and beans is an awesome meal!

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