The fast isn’t easy, nor is it supposed to be, but it’s particularly difficult for those of us in mixed households. One way to address this is to go Thai, Indian, and Chinese (and that’s not a recommendation for tofu, which is a disgusting substance that is not fit for human consumption).
Here are a few recipes you might try.
1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
2 T. oil (not olive)
1/2 t. thyme
salt and pepper
1 qt. vegetable stock
Saute the onion and celery in the oil over low heat until soft. Add the potatoes and thyme, then the stock. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, until the potatoes are falling apart. Puree in a blender, heat, and season with salt and pepper. Serve with French rolls (no dairy).
Lent-friendly Dan Dan Mian
These are Szechuan street food, but are easily adapted to Lent, because they contain only 1/4 lb. pork, not enough to miss. You won’t want to make these unless you like fiery hot food.
1 package chao main/lo mein noodles
4 T. chili oil
1 T. dark soy sauce
1 1/2 T. black rice vinegar
1/2 t. Szechuan peppercorns, ground
Put a large pot of water on to boil. Mix the chili oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and peppercorns in a serving bowl. When the water is boiling, add the noodles (these are very long, and I find it makes them easier to work with and serve if you cut through one end with a knife first), and boil about 3 minutes, until the water comes back to a boil and the noodles float. Drain, add to the serving bowl, and mix well.
Lent-friendly Thai Red Curry
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1 Thai or baby eggplant, diced
1 can coconut milk
1 small tin Thai red curry paste
2 T. fish sauce, or 1/2 t. salt
In a sauce pan, heat a couple of spoonsful of the coconut cream from the can until the oil starts to bubble out. Add the paste, and mix well. Mix in the potato (the eggplant comes later) and the rest of the coconut milk, add the fish sauce, bring to a boil, then cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes. Mix in the eggplant, and simmer an additional 5 minutes. Serve with rice.
Lots of great recipes on this thread.