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.

Katie’s Tuna Pie

*I am reviving this recipe because I found it while I was preparing the menu for the week. I can’t believe that I haven’t made it in such a long time because it used to be one of our favorites! I have a gluten-free pie crust in the freezer so I think I will make it tonight. 🙂

This is my go-to recipe for tuna casserole (a.k.a. pie), which I owe to my friend, Katie. It is absolutely one of my family’s favorite recipes!

: Tuna Pie Casserole
  • 2 cans tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup green onion (scallions), green parts only, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 uncooked deep-dish pie shell (I usually use the ones from the frozen section)
  1. Mash tuna in small bowl.
  2. Combine mayo, milk, eggs, and cornstarch in a large bowl. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add tuna, cheese, onion, salt and pepper to above mixture and mix to combine.
  4. Pour into an uncooked pie shell.
  5. Bake in a preheated, 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until browned and set.
  6. Let sit 3-5 minutes before cutting and serve.
  • To prevent contents from pie shell over-flowing into the oven, put filled pie on a cookie sheet before putting in oven.
  • Sometimes I will put this together in the morning and then refrigerate until ready to bake off for dinner.

Other recipes you may enjoy:

Mango salsa

Chewy Brownies

Tostado Beef Casserole