One of my New Year’s resolutions was to finally get us into the routine of meatless Fridays. If you aren’t Catholic, it’s a devotion of sorts, a small deprivation performed for the sake of doing penance for our sins and those of others. It’s really small. It’s pretty easy. But we couldn’t maintain it at all. We’d forget about it in our meal planning, or go grocery shopping and partake of the sample lady’s sausages on pretzel toothpicks. We messed it up so often that I just gave up!
But it’s a small sacrifice, and it’s an easy sacrifice, and if millions of other Catholics can do it, so can I, right?
To eliminate any decision making that might accidentally result in sausages on the breakfast plate, I set a Standard Friday Menu Plan. We have oatmeal for breakfast and we have tuna salad for lunch. By the time I have to cook dinner, I’m already well aware that it’s a meatless day, and have no trouble cooking appropriately.
That’s it! That’s all it took: eliminating the mealtime decision-making that might lead to slip-ups. We’re ten Fridays into the year, and we haven’t messed up a single one!
You are probably a superstar at your Friday penance, but I thought I’d share, just in case.