Delicious Meatless Meals for Lent

Lent is here, and that means meatless Fridays. Do you find yourself eating pizza or fish every week for Lent? It is easy to fall into the routine of eating the same thing every week. And for our family, we don’t eat meat on any Friday of the year, so it can be particularly challenging. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are tons of meatless recipes that are just has quick, easy and delicious.

Delicious meatless meals for Lent

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So, to spark some ideas for you, I am re-sharing a small list of our favorite meatless recipes and some ideas from reader’s comments from the past. (Click on the recipe to go to its recipe instructions.)

1. Macaroni and Cheese. This is my sister-in-law’s recipe. Not only is tasty, it is SUPER easy to make.

2. Lentils: lentil Soup, lentils with rice or Honey Baked Lentils. (addition: As noted in the comments, this is a DELICIOUS way to eat lentils. 🙂 )

3. Egg Balls. (Yeah,  sounds weird I know, but it is delicious! You just have to try it to believe me!)

4. Peas and Macaroni. This is my mother-in-law’s recipe.

5. 5 Can Soup. I got this recipe a long time ago from some friends in Ohio.

6. Veggie Omelet. (Or any egg dish such as fried, scrambled, souffle, etc.)

7. Potato Pancakes. This is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

8. Beans and Macaroni. Another great recipe from my mother-in-law.

9. Ratatouille. A classic French dish but easy to make.

10. Vegetarian Lasagna. Yum!

Other meal ideas would include, eggplant Parmesan; tuna casserole; cereal or other meatless breakfast food (such as pancakes, French toast, oatmeal – who says you can’t have breakfast for dinner?!);

From my Readers:

Tuna sandwiches with red seedless grapes and red onion mixed in, Cheesy Vegetable Bread Pudding, Garlicky Clams Linguine, Shrimp Rotini, Seafood Crepes, veggie burgers and vegetarian chili. vegetable enchiladas, and a baked potato bar.

What are your favorite vegetarian and/or meatless meals for Lent or any time of the year? Do share in the comments.

Egg Balls Recipe

As promised last week, today I’m sharing a recipe that has been handed down from my father-in-law’s mother. This recipe was created out of necessity during the depression when she needed to make dinner and had to use what little items she had!

This isn’t a difficult recipe, but it isn’t exactly for beginner cooks, either. It took me a few tries to get the consistency right; however, even with the wrong consistency it still tastes good. 🙂 I thought I had pictures of this, but alas, I don’t (or couldn’t find them), but next time I make this, I post some pictures.  Anyway, here it goes:

Recipe: Egg Balls

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 28 oz can Italian Plum Tomatoes (put in blender for a few seconds)
  • 1 can peas, drained
  • 1 cup water
  • olive oil

Directions:

To Make egg balls:

  1. Beat eggs with whisk.
  2. Add cheese, bread crumbs and seasonings and stir well.
  3. Put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until the sauce is done. (The mixture will – should – thicken in refrigerator.
  4. To make sauce:

  5. Thinly line bottom of frying pan with oil.
  6. Saute onion until golden.
  7. Add tomatoes, stir and simmer for 1/2 hour.
  8. Add 1 cup water and peas.
  9. Simmer 15 minutes more.
  10. Using your hands, take a small amount of the egg mixture and form into a ball (similar in size as a regular meatball) and drop each into the sauce.
  11. Simmer in sauce for about 10 minutes.
  12. Turn and simmer for about 10 minutes more.

Quick Notes:

  • You want the egg balls to be lightly golden.
  • If the egg mixture doesn’t thicken (or thicken enough to keep the formed balls together) add extra bread crumbs or cheese.
  • Don’t give up if the dish doesn’t turn out right the first couple of times!
  • Serve with salad and nice crusty bread to round out the meal. 🙂

Other recipes you may enjoy:

Easy pumpkin bread

Quick and easy chocolate cookies

The Perfect Roast