- Sunday ~ leftovers from Shabbos
- Monday ~ Fish or Pareve
- Tuesday ~ Whatever – either leftovers of Monday or Meat
- Wednesday ~ Meat (sometimes leftovers from Tuesday)
- Thursday ~ Dairy
- (and then it’s Shabbos, which is really its own thing)
But the Nine Days presents its own challenge, since meat is off the table (ba-dum-CHING).
In case you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about, this is the (very abridged) deal with the Nine Days:
We used to have a Temple, in Jerusalem. It was amazing. God’s Presence was *right there* and it was great. Now we don’t have it, and we are sad, very sad.
We are reminded of this regularly :
- When we pray, we face Jerusalem, where the Temple was.
- At the end of our daily prayers, we say a short supplication asking for the return of our Temple to us.
- During the Grace After Meals, we reference Jerusalem and/or the Temple.
- Concluding the wedding ceremony is the breaking of the glass, which signifies that there is no complete joy until we have our Temple back.
It’s not just that we want our Temple, it’s that we want the closeness to God that comes with it, among other things. I could go on, but you’re probably here for the menu ideas, not a drasha. If you want to read more about this time of year, here are some excellent linkies:
- Why Do We Still Mourn?
- ABCs of Tisha B’Av & The Three Weeks
- History of the Destruction of the Temples
As part of this three week mourning process, of which the Nine Days is the most intense, we restrain from some enjoyable things in order to connect to the grieving. Foodwise, this means during the Nine Days we don’t eat meat or drink wine, except on Shabbos.
We’re not big meat-eaters over here, not like some of my neighbors who eat meat every single night (hey, to each their own). But taking a meat meal or two out of the normal rotation does call for a little bit of thought to ensure enough protein is being eaten (my vegan and vegetarian friends, this is where you shine! Please share your wisdom!).
Here’s a tentative menu plan:
- Monday, July 8th (the 1st of Av) ~ Cornmeal Crusted Flounder (from Kosher by Design Short on Time), Green Salad with Veggies
- Tuesday, July 9th (2nd of Av) ~ Creamy Bow Ties with Peas & Tuna, from More Quiche, Please, Black Bean and Corn Salad
- Wednesday, July 10th (3rd of Av) ~ Veggie Curry from Hannah’s Nook (from the freezer), Couscous, Roasted Tofu
- Thursday, July 11th (4th of Av) ~ Baked Noodles with Sauce and Cheese (from the freezer), Green Salad with Veggies
- Friday, July 12th/Shabbos, July 13th (5th & 6th of Av) ~ Shabbos, so that’s pretty much normal
- Sunday, July 14th (7th of Av) ~ Tuna Salad on Bagels, Green Salad with some kind of nuts (pecans, maybe)
- Monday, July 15th (8th of Av) ~ this the pre-fast meal Mushroom Barley Soup (from the freezer), whole wheat bagels with cream cheese and lox
- Tuesday, July 16th (9th of Av) ~ Fast Day (Tisha B’Av – “Tisha” means 9th)
What’s on your menu? Please feel free to share links to your menu plan or to recipes that you would use during this time of year.
And next year, may we be eating a festive meal!