Good Question: Giving Up for Lent

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Dear The Kitchen,

It's Ash Wednesday and even people who aren't highly religious sometimes want to give up penance for this holiday. In its strictest terms this means a meatless, fishless, and dairyless diet until Easter weekend. It's a challenging endeavor that offers this indescribable spiritual calmness to wash over you.

I'm excited to do this but boggled by what to be eat which will be filling and appetizing. Where is one to go to dine inexpensively, cook at home, and snack on if he/she isn't normally vegetarian or vegan?


We're going to put this one out to the masses... we usually give something up because we like the tradition, but we've never attempted meat, fish and dairy. Any good practicing Catholics out there?

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