Lenten Meatless Friday: Spinach Quiche

Finally fulfilling a promise made a few weeks ago and bringing you a recipe suitable for paleo followers for a Friday during Lent (i.e., a meatless, paleo recipe).

I will admit that I have struggled these past few Lenten Fridays, asking whether to “stay paleo” or “stay Catholic.” I succeeded, despite the difficulty: salmon caesar salad with oil & vinegar dressing in lieu of the caesar dressing (no croutons or parmesan) for lunch; roasted trout with baked sweet potato for dinner. Another meal involved a visit to sweetgreen with a yummy salad of mesclun, avocado, egg, shrimp, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Sandwiches, fried fish, pasta are great food options for Fridays during Lent, but they certainly do not comport with the paleo lifestyle. Bacon, steak, chicken, burgers, fajita meat, tacos are all great paleo options, but they do not comply with the requirement to stay away from meat. The typical answer: baked/sautéed/roasted fish and veggies. Let me say this: it is all easier said than done when meat is such a significant component of the paleo lifestyle. Hats off to those of you that follow paleo and are vegetarians! Please tell me how you do it!

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Lent (aka no bacon!?!)

Tomorrow – February 13, 2013 – is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. While I am not as good about attending mass as often as I should, I do typically try to abide by the obligatory rules of fasting and abstinence during Lent:

  • Fasting: on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (March 29, 2013), reducing the amount of food consumed to one meal. Although two smaller meals may also be eaten, together they should not exceed the size of the one meal.
  • Abstinence: On Ash Wednesday and all Fridays throughout Lent, abstaining from meat (which includes flesh of mammals and fowl and gravies made from them but does not include fish).

*True, the rules are different depending upon where you live and your faith. These are the rules for Roman Catholics in the U.S.*

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