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The Weekend Cook Observing Lent

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Fish and Slaw Tostadas

Fish and Slaw Tostadas

Linda Larsen
What do you give up for Lent? For Christians, Lent is a period of 40 days bracketed by Ash Wednesday and Easter. Lent is characterized by self-examination and self-denial. Many people think of Lent as the time Catholics give up meat on Ash Wednesday and Friday; even McDonald's offers specials on fish sandwiches the Fridays of Lent.

Whether or not you observe Lent, it's still a good idea to occasionally review your diet and life and restate or rephrase the goals you so optimistically set forth on New Year's Eve. And everyone can certainly do with a day or two each week without meat; even think about giving up an indulgence for a week or two.

For me, spring is an ideal time of year to think about all of these things. I've done pretty well on my New Year's resolutions, and as I start spring cleaning, I'm enjoying the feel of stronger muscles that are a result of my exercise program and improved diet. I'm also trying to include fish in my diet at least once a week.

So this weekend think about your life goals. Are you meeting them? Are you feeding your family the healthiest diet possible? Is everyone in your family exercising? Enjoy the weekend with these easy recipes and menus.

Friday Dinner

  • Tangy Glazed Fish Fillets
    This delicious recipe is so simple it takes just minutes to prepare.
  • Special Green Beans
    Green and wax beans combine with pine nuts, onions, and butter in this easy and flavorful side dish recipe.
  • milk, coffee, tea
  • Strawberry Asparagus Salad
    This beautiful salad is perfect for this time of year; strawberries and asparagus are really coming into their wn in the market.
  • Baked Apple Dessert
    I love this super simple dessert - apple pie filling is baked with a crunchy oatmeal cookie topping. Yum.

Saturday Breakfast

  • Scrambled Eggs with Spinach
    Baby spinach is so tender and soft and has such a wonderful mild taste. Try it in this simple entree recipe.
  • Pull Apart Cinnamon Rolls
    Just four ingredients make this delightful recipe that your kids will love.
  • grapefruit halves
  • orange juice, milk, coffee, tea

Saturday Lunch

  • Fish Sandwiches
    When most people think of fish sandwiches, they automatically think of breaded fish fillets with American cheese and mayonnaise on soft rolls. This recipe is different! It's good for you and delicious.
  • apple and pear slices
  • Peanut Butter Candy Cookies
    These easy cookies start with a cake mix. Save some for lunchboxes next week!

Saturday Dinner

  • Fish and Slaw Tostadas
    This delicious and super easy recipe has the best combination of flavors and textures; you'll love it!
  • Carrots with Dill
    Look for small whole carrots in the market; if you can find them with the tops attached, even better! This recipe adds great flavor to carrots. If you can't find small carrots, cut large carrots into 2" chunks; simmer until tender.
  • Toasted Garlic Bread
    This crisp and fragrant bread is one of my favorites.
  • Fruit Pavlova
    You can make your own fruit topping for this simple recipe instead of the deli fruit salad; also nonfat frozen whipped topping works well instead of the whipped cream.

Sunday Brunch

  • Grapefruit Avocado Salad
    This elegant salad is a nice change of pace. Buy the avocados Thursday or Friday and keep them in a paper bag until today so they can ripen to perfection.
  • Stuffed French Toast Bake
    Make this delicious recipe Saturday night, then you'll be ready to eat in minutes on Sunday morning.
  • milk, orange juice, coffee, tea

Sunday Dinner

  • Veggie Fish Skillet
    You can use any type of firm fleshed fish in this delicious and beautiful recipe; I like swordfish steaks.
  • Parmesan Straws
    You'll love working with puff pastry - it's just so much fun to use! And the flaky breadsticks are perfection itself.
  • Pear and Greens Salad
    This salad is so easy to make and has the most wonderful combination of flavors and textures.
  • Lemon Truffled Pie
    Nothing says spring to me more than this beautiful pie, with its perfect combination of lemon and white chocolate.

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