Vegetarianism never lured me to ditch my carnivore urges, but every Lent I go meatless on Fridays. Except for those times I forgot. Hopefully Jesus was watching March Madness instead of my sinful lunch plate with processed turkey or a delicious burrito.
Imprisoned at home with a cold, I didn’t have a ton of options for today’s Lenten lunch. My first thought was to make a tuna melt. I keep my bread at the office rather than making sandwiches every morning and carting them to work. As I inspected the bread in the fridge and on the kitchen table, most needed to be tossed out.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Clearly, I’m no Jesus. Can we clarify if those five loaves were moldy?
Know what seems to never mold? Tortillas.
Left with no other options it was either tuna tacos or quesadillas. Tuna never seems to be high on the list of meats in Mexican cuisine. I don’t think I have ever seen in on the menu.
I fired up the cast iron skillet, drizzled some vegetable oil into the pan and began frying up the corn tortillas. Meanwhile, I opened and drained one can of tuna. Slice on stalk of celery. Add one tablespoon of mayonnaise. Combine all three. Tuna is usually salty, so you can skip that if you want to spend more time on this earth. If you have bell peppers, I suggest adding those. Otherwise, that’s your basic tuna salad.
Once my tortillas were flipped and crisp, I scooped a spoon of tuna salad, sprinkled shredded cheddar, sauteed red onions and added a few slices of cherry tomatoes.
What are your go-to Lenten lunch options?