first week done – days 5-8

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It’s been one week since I began my Lent Vegetarian Challenge and I feel great. The past few days have been pretty busy but pretty easy as far as staying meatless goes. The couple of times I had the occasion to go out to eat I made sure to go somewhere I knew had a good vegetarian option.

On Sunday we stopped at one of our favorite restaurants for lunch. It’s a little place in the West End called The Balkan. They do tend to be meat heavy but they cook their meat very well and they have amazing homemade lepinja bread. If you’ve never had Balkan cuisine or lepinja bread, go find it!

Here’s a description of Balkan food straight from their website:

Balkan cuisine uses many spices but usually in very small quantities. Most dishes are light, as they are cooked in lots of water. The sauces are fully natural, consisting of little more than the natural juices of the vegetables in the dish.

Typical ingredients include tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, spinach, fresh beans, milk, Ajvar (roasted red pepper and eggplant spread), and cream cheese called Kajmak.

Balkan cuisine is balanced between Western and Eastern influences. Balkan food is closely related to Turkish, Greek, Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines. However, due to years of Austrian rule, there are many influences from Central Europe.

Although I’m a big fan of their chicken shish kebab sandwich, I opted for the grilled vegetable sandwich instead. I was not dissapointed as it was full of delicous grilled zucchini, squash, mushrooms, onion and peppers all on that awesome lepinja bread. Yum!!

To read more about my Vegetarian Lent Challenge, click here.

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