Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday. For Catholics, it is a time for reflection and contemplation of our transgressions in order to repent of our sins. We abstain from meat on this first day of Lent and many Catholics mark the day by fasting as well. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholic adults (who are physically and medically able) are asked to consume only one full meal, which may be supplemented by two smaller meals, which together should not equal the full meal.

Traditionally, Ash Wednesday and Lent bring fish frys at church, fish sticks at home and Filet O' Fish for the fast food junkies. Oh, and if you're in downtown Mesa, it's time for the annual pilgramage to Pete's Fish and Chips.

In our home, we prefer a healthier, more economically friendly approach. Spinach Cheese Manicotti is a great 'make ahead' dish, that tastes even better as leftovers the next day. I made a batch last night for tonight's dinner, and the leftovers will be DH's lunch on Friday (Friday's are also meatless during Lent).

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