Although in theory we don’t eat such a lot of meat during the week, often it’s the only thing that the whole family is happy to eat on a particular evening. This makes the Nine Days, when we have a meatless menu, a bit of a challenge. A few years ago I started making a list of vegetarian/fish options, a few days before Rosh Chodesh Av and asking the family to tick the ones they would like to eat, or add their own suggestions. This has generally been reasonably successful. The only downside to this is that because we have thought about it before, rather than deciding at the last minute, we often end up eating better during the 9 days than we do the rest of the year, which I am sure defeats the purpose of not having meat!
Anyway this year so far we have had:
Veggie schnitzels with potato wedges, lettuce, crudités and bean salad
Pasta with a choice of tomato or mushroom sauce
Baked potatoes with toppings: cheese, tuna, baked beans, homemade baked beans, and spicy fishcakes
We are planning to still have:
Salmon with Nando’s lime/coriander marinade (maybe after the fast?)
Probably pasta again
Stirfry – got to do something with the rest of the tofu from the miso soup!
Pizza, probably with crustless broccoli quiche or tuna bake for non-wheat eaters
There are of course other “advantages” to a milky only menu eg we don’t have to change the tablecloth, we can eat milky chocolate all the time. The downside is that I am constantly loading and unloading the milky dishwasher!