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.

Marie’s Macaroni and Cheese

This is my sister-in-law’s recipe. I know there are a lot of mac & cheese recipes floating around, but I like this one because it is relatively quick, it’s easy and very tasty.

Recipe: Marie’s Macaroni and Cheese


  • 1 lb box of medium shell pasta
  • 1 lb freshly sliced yellow American cheese from the deli counter (Using the packaged or Velveeta cheese won’t work at all)
  • 4 cups whole milk (Don’t go lower than 2% for this)


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, Whisk the cheese a little at a time into the milk over medium-low heat until all the cheese is melted and thoroughly combined with the milk.
  3. Dump the cooked pasta into a 9×13 dish that was prepared with cooking spray (to help prevent sticking).
  4. Pour the melted cheese mixture over the pasta and mix to coat the pasta.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden.
  6. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Quick Notes:

  • We like the top of our macaroni and cheese extra crunchy; so, after the 30 minutes are up, I will put it under the broiler for a couple minutes (watching carefully!) until its a deep golden color and a few of the macaroni are “burnt” looking. 🙂
  • You can put the pasta and cheese mixture together earlier in the day, cover and refrigerate or let sit until you are ready to bake it off.
  • For a meaty variation, add a pound of cubed ham or cooked sausage before baking.

(Linked to Recipe Roundtable.)

Other recipes you may enjoy:

Dump Cake

Ham and Cabbage

Fruit Tarts


Macaroni and Cheese

mac and cheese

As tempting as it can be to grab the boxed macaroni and cheese off the shelf (especially when you can get it for .50¢ or less per box!), it is so worth it to make your own. Besides being healthier, it tastes a million times better as well! Here’s a simple recipe that is loved in our family. (As a matter of fact, when I lived in OH and used to bring meals for new moms in our local mom’s group, the moms would often request that I make this!)

Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese


  • 1 pound yellow American cheese from the deli counter
  • 4 cups whole (or 2 %) milk
  • 1 pound box shell pasta
  • 1 pound ham, cubed (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta shells according to package directions until they are cooked al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the cheese in the milk over medium heat, stirring constantly, until they come together into a creamy mixture.
  3. Drain the pasta and put into a 9×13 prepared pan (to help keep the cheese of sticking).
  4. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and mix  to combine and coat pasta.
  5. If using, add the ham cubes and mix to combine and distribute the ham throughout the dish.
  6. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and it is “crispy” on top.

Quick Notes

  • Don’t use the cheese singles (such as Kraft) in this recipe. It doesn’t work AT ALL.
  • Use only whole or 2% milk. It really makes a difference.
  • For extra texture and crispiness, sprinkle a little dried bread crumbs on top before putting dish in the oven.
  • Or, like I do sometimes, put the dish under the broiler for a couple of minutes, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn.
  • One more thing: you may want to put the pan on a baking sheet before putting in the oven for easy clean up. I’ve had the bubbly cheese overflow the pan on occasion! 😛

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You can serve this as a side dish or a main dish. I serve this a lot during Lent (without the ham, of course), with a salad. Enjoy!

Other recipes you may enjoy:

corn pone

deviled eggs

Tasty Fruit Tarts