Ramadan is just 5 weeks away so the preparations at our place have begun. It’s a mix of spiritual prep mixed with food prep — our religion is cool like that. Yesterday I got started with 2 Indian dishes and this week The Boss and I plan on making a few pizzas and pastas. The system is simple: we cook, portion and freeze; veggies are prepared fresh each day. Then during Ramadan’s busy days and nights we pull out a combinations of entrees and sides, thaw and enjoy for iftaar (the breaking fast meal, which I documented in photos here last year), and head to the mosque for the extended prayers held in the evenings. Since the month can be physically and emotionally exhausting it’s nice to get the busy work out of the way. I realize that cooking for or during a month where we abstain from eating seems a little counter intuitive, but we all know what happens when you try to whip up a meal when you’re starving and tired: you end up eating an entire box of Pop-Tarts BY YOURSELF. Don’t let it happen to you.