First, I want to mention something our priest shared with us about this week of non-fasting.
He said that the church wants us to remember to not be like the Pharisee (in the story of the Publican and the Pharisee)when we start our Lenten fast in few weeks. Take this week and not fast, as a reminder that it's better to not fast at all than to fast with a condenming or proud heart.
Hmmf. I always had merely thought that we didn't have to fast this week as sort of a "treat before a diet." However, this is something I appreciate about our faith: there is always more and deeper meaning. I always have further to grow. I don't reach the "end" and then feel like, "well, what now?" Every year, during the same cycle of service, I hear and learn new things. Thanks be to God!
Now, for the exotic idea for when fasting does start: Black Bean and Squash Mole Enchiladas.