Today also marks the end of meat eating for Orthodox Christians as we get closer to the beginning of Great Lent. Fasting is an ancient practice of cleansing and preparation, and every person must discern how best to practice the fast with regards to their own health limitations, and with the help of their priest/spiritual father. Nursing and pregnant moms, as well as those with severe dietary allergies, and of course young children, are exempt from fasting.
Fasting while also being grain-free is a big challenge, since most vegans/vegetarians rely heavily on grains for protein and calories. I’m going to rely heavily on vegetables, seafood, and good fats to nourish us during this period while still keeping the spirit of the fast.
Thankfully, the executives at Kroger, Inc. felt lead to put a large variety of fresh, wild-caught seafood on sale this week at Fred Meyer and I’m going to take advantage of the good prices on wild, Northwest-caught shrimp meat ($3.99/lb) , wild bay scallops ($3.99 /lb), wild Alaskan cod ($5.99/lb), and wild Alaskan whole sockeye salmon($3.99/lb) and stock my freezer so that we can enjoy good sources of protein and good fats during the fast. I’ll also be taking advantage of some rock-bottom prices on broccoli and cauliflower ($0.68/lb!!!) to use in soups, stir-fries, or simply steamed with butter to form the basis of our grain-free, thrifty meals.
Remember, the way to eat nourishing without spending a bunch of money is to look for the deals on meat, poultry, and seafood as well as produce and build your menu on those things. Then, round out your meals with whatever you have on hand. And remember, you don’t need lots and lots of meat per meal; only about the size of a deck of cards! Serve a cheap, nourishing soup (made from homemade stock) with your protein in order to better digest and assimilate its nutrients.
*Items in green are on my shopping list this week.**All other items “using what I have“.
B: eggs, fruit, leftover muffins
L: leftover veggie curry, kids: leftover sloppy joes
D: scallop/veggie stir-fry
B: green smoothies & acorn squash muffins
L: broccoli/carrot/onion saute
D: creamy, veggie soup, high-enzyme salad(w/avocado), salmon
B: squash pudding
L: sardines, cheese, celery sticks
D: tuna curry w/ cauliflower “rice” pilaf
B: eggs & veggies
L: leftover tuna curry
D: zucchini latkes, lacto-fermented salsa, cheese
B: nut butter pancakes, green smoothies
L: salad (me) hot dogs (kids)
D: Greek vegetable-navy bean soup, coconut flour biscuits w/ herbs & cheese
L: leftover soup
D: cheese & veggie pizza w/ sunflower seed crust (come back Tuesday for this bargain recipe!)
D: cheesy cauliflower bake, sauteed greens
For more menu-planning inspiration, visit The Organizing Junkie.
Update! Go see how Country Girl cleaned out her fridge and pantry to make a delicious, thrifty menu plan!
If you would like to participate in the Fridge & Pantry Cleanout, please send me a link to your post listing how you used what you had on hand to create a nourishing meal plan or leave a comment! I’m always looking for inspiration!