Ten Meatless Meals for Lent

Note: I am reposting this with the express intention of highlighting the COMMENTS. Lots of people chimed in with their own ideas/recipes over the last couple of years, so if you haven’t checked them out, scroll down and please do!ย 

10 Meatless Meals for Lent

Do you find it challenging trying to come up with meatless meals each Friday of Lent that doesn’t consist of fish or pizza? I do. And for our family, we don’t eat meat on any Friday of the year, so it can be particularly difficult to not fall into a rut of eating the same thing every week.

So, to spark some ideas for you here’s a small list of our favorite meatless recipes. (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. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

3. Egg Balls. (Yeah,ย  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 delish 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?!); veggie burgers and vegetarian chili.

What are your favorite vegetarian and/or meatless meals for Lent?

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Tweetable: 10 Meatless Meals for Lent

(Linked to Sunday Snippets)

A Lemon Cookie Recipe for the Busy Woman (or Man!)

(A republish of a popular post from 2010. As many times as I’ve made this recipe, I can’t believe I keep forgetting to take a picture! One of these days...)

This cookie recipe is another one that was passed on to me by my dear friend, Rita. What makes it so easy and unique is that it’s made from a cake mix!

Recipe: The Busy Woman’s (lemon) Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together until well blended.
  2. Drop by 1 tablespoon on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake in a 350 preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Enjoy!

Quick Notes

For the sake of this recipe I used the lemon cake mix because it is one of our favorites. You can use any cake mix you want. The chocolate or the strawberry mix works well.

You can use add-ins, such as chocolate chips, caramel or butter scotch, if desired. Try mixing and matching different cake mixes/add-ins to create different flavor combinations. Have fun with it!

(This recipe is linked to Recipe Roundtable and WFMW.

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (July 27, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been able to participate in Sunday Snippets! It’s been a bout a month really, though. We have had every weekend completely booked for the last several weeks. I’ve had no time on the computer at all, let alone being able to link up!

In any case, here we are. I’m going to share what I’ve posted over the last few weeks. It seems like a lot but several of them are recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

How to put together a child’s traveling bag

Delicious Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes recipe

Yummy Peas and Macaroni

Book Review: Francis A Man of Prayer (Heads up – was not pleased with this book…)

Bookmarks, Bookmarks Everywhere!

Bubble Fun with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Pope Francis’ First Encyclical

Deviled Eggs Recipe

Delicious Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes Recipe

(Editor’s Note: Like I mentioned yesterday, this is a re-post.)

This simple and delicious recipe is a re-working of the recipe that that my mother-in-law gave me when Michael and I were married. It is so good, and so simple to make.

Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes

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(Not the greatest picture, I know, but it gives you the idea of what it looks like.)

Ingredients:

Approx. 2 lbs Italian sausage, cut into medium sized pieces

2 green bell peppers, sliced (I often substitute red or orange bell peppers for added color/taste.)

2 onions, sliced

3-4 potatoes, peeled and quartered

2-3 granny-smith apples, peeled, cored and cut in chunks (optional)

garlic powder, oregano and basil to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss the sausage, peppers, onions and potatoes in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle to taste with the seasonings. Bake for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, turning occasionally so sausage browns on all sides.

If desired, toss in the cut-up apples 20-30 minutes prior to the end of the cooking time. (The apples add a bit of sweetness to the dish, so I almost always add them.) ***You want the apples to be heated through and soft, but have some texture, so don’t put them in too early or they will disintegrate. (Trust me, I learned this the hard way!)

My family loves this recipe! With some crusty bread and/or salad, you have a complete and filling meal. My son devours this whenever I make and, as a matter of fact, will request it if I don’t make it for a while!

(Linked to WFMW, Recipe Roundtable and Recipe Swap)

(P.S. Because there are only three of us, I usually cut the recipe in half, unless I want leftovers. The picture shows the halved recipe.)

Other recipes you might like:

Peas and Macaroni

Peanut butter play-dough

corn pone

I So Want to Make this!

ย Taste of Home Snowman Pretzels(Photo credit)

I found this fun recipe for White Chocolate Snowman Pretzels over at Homemade Mamas and I can’t wait to make these with my son. These actually look easy enough for someone as un-crafty as me! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find Taste of Home’s original recipe here.

“Blueberry Tea”

I found this “over 21” recipe on a little sticky note, so not sure who it came from. It is quite good and should be able to warm you up and mellow you out after a cold, stressful day! ( There’s no real blueberries in this tea, but it has a “blueberry-ish” taste from the alcohol. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Blueberry Tea

  • 6 oz of your favorite regular (or decaf) hot tea such as Orange Pekoe, English teatime, or whatever.
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  1. Brew tea as usual.
  2. Add both alcohols to tea and stir.
  3. Enjoy!

To make a larger batch to serve 6 or 8 people, use 8 cups of tea and 4 ounces each of the Amaretto and Grand Marnier.

(Linked to Recipe Roundtable.)

For more recipe ideas like this one, I invite you to go here.

 

Slow-Cooker Lentil Soup

We are technically coming out of soup season, since it is *finally* getting warm out; but as far as I’m concerned, soup is for any time! Plus, since this is made in the slow-cooker, you don’t have to worry about adding extra heat from the oven. ๐Ÿ™‚

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb package lentils
  • 8 cups water (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 10oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • ยฝ large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ยผ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ยผ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

1. Examine, sort and rinse lentils. (No need to soak overnight.)
2. Put all ingredients in slow-cooker and stir well.
3. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
4. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Quick Notes:

  • For a meaty version, add 1 lb of sliced smoked sausage.

(Linked to Recipe Roundtable.)

Other recipes you may enjoy:

Egg Balls

Peas and Macaroni

Corn Pone

 

Potato Pancakes

This is a recipe that I got from my friend, Sherine, a few years ago. It is a wonderful way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

Recipe: Potato Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz frozen corn kernels, thawed (or 2 cups fresh corn kernels cut off the cob).
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions (scallions), chopped small
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cup cooked mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cook corn, onion and scallions in vegetable over medium-high heat until crisp-tender (about 5 minutes or so). Remove from heat.
  2. Combine potatoes, flour, and eggs in a large bowl.
  3. Add corn mixture, salt and pepper. Stir well.
  4. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat until hot.
  5. Drop potato mixture by 1/4 cupfuls into skillet.
  6. Cook 2-3 minutes per side (or until golden).
  7. Re-coat skillet before cooking next batch.

Quick Notes:

  • Adjust temperature as needed to avoid burning.
  • Makes 18 (2″) potato pancakes.
  • Sherine suggestions serving these with salsa. They are equally good served with sour cream and/or apple sauce.

(Linked to Recipe Roundtable.)

Other recipes you may enjoy:

Shepherd’s Pie

London Broil

Marie’s Macaroni and Cheese

Beans and Macaroni

This is a quick and easy recipe that is a perfect meatless meal for Lent (or any time!):

Recipe: Beans and Macaroni

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 10 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 10 oz can cannelloni beans
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • olive oil
  • basil, salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Line medium saute pan with oil and saute garlic until translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
  3. Simmer together for about 1/2 hour.
  4. Add to cooked macaroni and stir to coat/combine.
  5. Serve with salad and/or crusty bread.

(Linked to recipe roundtable.)

Other Recipes you may enjoy:

Ten Meatless Meals

Shepherd’s Pie

Dump Cake

 

 

Simple Slow-Cooker Handbook

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Simply Scrumptious Slow-Cooker Recipes is a collection of dishes that are so easy to prepare and yet are quite delicious!

Here is a rundown of the Table of Contents:

Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
Benefits of using a slow-cooker ………………………………………………………………….. 5
How to Choose a Slow-cooker ……………………………………………………………………. 6
Time Saving and Other Tips ……………………………………………………………………….. 8
Apricot Pork Loin ……………………………………………………………………………………. 11
Beef and Barley Soup ………………………………………………………………………………. 12
Beef Stew ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 13
Chicken Cacciatore ………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Chicken Noodle Soup ………………………………………………………………………………. 15
Chili ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 16
Ham and Cabbage …………………………………………………………………………………… 17
Lentil Soup (Vegetarian)…………………………………………………………………………… 18
Moist Crock-Pot Chicken ………………………………………………………………………….. 19
Red Bean Soup ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 20
Split Pea Soup (Vegetarian) ………………………………………………………………………. 21
White Bean Soup ……………………………………………………………………………………. 22
About Carol ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 23
About this eBook and Disclaimers ……………………………………………………………… 24

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