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Friday, February 27, 2009

...ASAT Top Five Meatless/Lenten Friday Lunches

Considering that most of my ancestors told the Bishop of Rome where he could stick it 500 years ago, I am free to eat meat if I so choose on Fridays during the Lenten season. I do, however, have sympathy for my Catholic friends and in-laws who are moping over their fish sandwiches and ketchup 'n cottage cheese salads. Therefore, in the spirit of ecumenical dialogue, here are my five favorite meatless lunchtastic dishes:

1. Curry. Considering that most Indians, especially in the higher castes, are vegetarians 24-7-365, they've learned a thing or two about making tasty and protein-filled meals over the past several millennia. Try a dish with "dahl" (lentils) or "rajma" (red beans) in the title. If you are not near an Indian restaurant at your work, larger Kroger stores sell a selection of veggie curries in the ethnic food section. Just boil some rice the day before, nuke together, and enjoy.

2. Morningstar Farms Grillers Prime veggie burgers. Cook them in a skillet with a litte oil or microwave (make sure to err on the side of over-cooking in the radiation box, however, as they can otherwise end up a bit slimy), slide them on a Heiner's Sunny Bun, and top like you would a regular burger. You'll find that it actually tastes more like a homemade burger than many all-beef offerings from fast food joints.

3. Hoppin' John. A mix of black-eyed peas, jalapenos, onions, and tomatoes, a can of this stuff costs about a buck and tastes great on rice (and is fat free to boot). Hint: use frozen rice, as it will have dried out a bit and will reconstitute with some of the spicy tomato juice.

4. Bagged salad with olive oil, basalmic vinegar, avocado, berries, and sea salt. The toppings make the cheapo ensalada taste like a million bucks and, when served with a slice or two of sourdough bread, cover your nutritional needs for a lunch.

5. Emeril's Gaaahlic Pasta Sauce & Spaghetti. Boil up some noodles the night before and pour over some of this killer red sauce. The next day, you'll be two minutes away from a lunch so zesty that you wont even miss the meat. Just be sure to brush your teeth before any business meetings.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous rebecca said...

Mmmmmm... curry...

Great list! Now I know what Hoppin' John is, and it sounds pretty good!

Friday, February 27, 2009  
Blogger Evil Twin's Wife said...

For breakfast, I like the Morningstar Farm "sausage" patties - one of those with a small cheese omelet makes me very happy in the morning!

Friday, February 27, 2009  
Blogger Chris James said...

Hoppin' John is "peasant" food at its best: cheap, hearty, and tasty.

As for the Morningstar sausage, there is a seasoning that just doesn't agree with my palate. Give me the fake bacon, or "facon," any day of the week, though.

Saturday, February 28, 2009  

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