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Shabbos Erev Tisha b’Av: What “R” you eating?

Here’s our food plan, for a full 3-meal Shabbos to go into the fast!  If you’re not sure what Tisha b’Av is (and also, perhaps, what Wikipedia is, because I’m sure there’s good information over there), click here for my very own FAQ.  Submit your questions here or there and I’ll be sure to get ‘em answered in time for next year!

Note:  Crossed out = done!

Shabbos Dinner (Meat)

  • Challah
  • Chicken soup w/kneidlach
  • Shake n’ Bake chipotle chicken (Ted – to bake at last minute before Shabbos)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Corn / NO Black Bean Salad
  • Jello w/blueberries (I just type out Ted’s food plan… frankly, I think this is a terrible idea, but (postscript) I made it anyway)
  • Other hopefully chocolatey desserts

Lunch (Meat)

  • Challah
  • Turkey pastries (YM)
  • Slicey meats
  • NO!!! Cholent (ditto – terrible idea; I will seek to undermine this cholent idea in every way I can while Ted’s out at work tomorrow…)
  • Lettuce salad (yucko)
  • NO TIME!!! Potato salad
  • Pickles (he wrote this on the menu??!?)

Shalosh Seudos / Seudah Mafsekes (meal before the fast)

  • Homemade potato gnocchi w/ homegrown basil pesto
  • Hard-boiled eggs (traditional before a fast)
  • Salmon caesar salad

I still need to work on the desserts concept a bit more… we are not surviving Shabbos with only Jello-with-blueberries in sight.  I am in the mood for something fluffy and artificially-strawberry flavoured, but that happens quite often.

What are your tricks for eating ahead of time to survive a long fast???