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!Β 

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. πŸ™‚ )

3. Egg Balls. (Yeah,Β  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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  1. Yum! I’m really looking forward to the Egg Balls recipe! Last Friday we had tuna sandiches with red seedless grapes and red onion mixed in. Very yummy!

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      I’ve never heard of putting grapes in with my tuna sandwich. I’ll have to try that!

      • Yes, try it! The contrasting flavor is surprisingly good. I don’t really like tuna (I do like salmon; tuna seems stronger and reminds me of cat food) so when I do eat it, I like plenty of distractions.

        Thanks for linking to my Honey Baked Lentils recipe. My family eats “meatless” including fish all week, all year, so we have lots of ideas for this type of menu! My post showing up below tells what we ate every night in February. Another recipe you might like to try is Cheesy Vegetable Bread Pudding–a way to use up sad leftover bread and odds and ends of cheese and veggies!
        Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook…recently posted…Four Weeks of Mostly Meatless Dinners (February)My Profile

        • SimpleCatholic says:

          I have tried it since writing this post and yes, it is surprisingly good!

          I will definitely try the Cheesy Vegetable Bread Pudding recipe soon. By the way, the Honey Baked Lentils have since became a staple in our home. We love it!

          P.S. Thanks for linking linking this post to yours. πŸ™‚

  2. We do pizza and a movie night on Fridays, so we enjoy lots of unique veggies and cheeses on our pizzas! We also love Garlicky Clams Linguine, Shrimp Rotini, Seafood Crepes, egg dishes, etc… I never feel like it’s a hardship to do without meat. πŸ™‚ Thanks for some more great ideas!
    JessieLeigh…recently posted…Kids and GunsMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      Those are great ideas, too, Jessie! My husband would be over the moon if I made garlicky clams linguine. I’ll have to make that for him one of these days. πŸ™‚

  3. Those egg balls sure do have me interested. Never heard of them!
    Amy…recently posted…Deconstructing the WeekendMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      Until I met my husband, I’d never heard of them before either. The recipe was has been passed down from my father-in-law’s mother. It’s Italian, but know Italian that I know of ever heard of it!

  4. I like vegetarian enchiladas.
    Julia…recently posted…DIY Grape LollipopsMy Profile

  5. How about having a simple baked potato bar?

    We have meatless meals several days a week. Here are several of our meatless dishes, including black bean burgers, a mock chicken fried steak, lentil tacos, and vegetarian pizza.

    We also eat a lot of soups.

  6. Not exactly penitential, but it’s crawfish season-and there is little seafood I don’t like!
    RAnn…recently posted…Sunday Snippets-A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      Oh, that reminds of when I went to New Orleans years ago for a friend’s wedding and had crawfish for the first time. Thanks for the suggestion. πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks for these recipes. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them.
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

  8. Woo hoo!! These are great ideas, I’m so glad you shared them!
    Jen @ BigBinder…recently posted…Recipe Roundtable – Banana Nutella CrΓͺpesMy Profile

  9. I tweeted this! loved it…
    thereserita…recently posted…The Best Sunday Song Ever!My Profile

  10. Thanks for the ideas! We gave up meat for Lent (not just Fridays) in 2002 and have eaten a lot less meat ever since because we found so many other delicious things to eat, but I’m always trying new recipes, too.

    I have lots of recipes on my site and am planning a “two weeks of meatless menus” post very soon, but the recipe I particularly want to make sure everyone knows about is Honey Baked Lentils: Anyone who can read can mix the ingredients in minutes, and then it bakes for about an hour and is ready to eat. All the ingredients are cheap and shelf-stable, so it’s something you can make when you’re out of fresh stuff. We like to bake sweet potatoes along with it for a complete, delicious meal.
    ‘Becca…recently posted…An Eagle Landing on the MOON!!!My Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      Gosh, this recipe sounds familiar. Did you post this to the Recipe Roundatable a while back? If so, I can’t believe I’ve forgotten about it! I’m going to add the link in the post (#2) where I mention lentils.

  11. I love your beans and macarone recipe. I think I could eat the whole thing myself! On Fridays during lent, I like to make tuna noodle casserole. So simple, with just two cans of tuna, a can of peas, one can of cream of mushroom soup, alittle milk, salt and pepper and whatever other seasonings you prefer (dill and parsley work well), mixed with partially cooked noodles of your choice, and baked til warm throughout. So yummy! I like all of your recipes…maybe you could post more? πŸ™‚

  12. SimpleCatholic says:

    Thanks, Donna. And thanks for your tuna noodle casserole recipe. Looks simple and delish.

    I will try and post more recipes. :0 I go in spurts. I post a lot of recipes then I don’t post one for a long time.

  13. My sister and I were just talking about potato pancakes the other day. I think I need to make them sometime!
    Angie @ Many Little Blessings…recently posted…Let Me Tell You a Little Bit About MyselfMy Profile

  14. I like cheese enchiladas made with corn tortillas (gluten free). You can add certain veggies such as peppers to the enchiladas to get more veggies in the diet.
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      Oh, yum. That’s a good idea.

      Funny you should mention those. We are having ground turkey enchiladas for supper tonight. πŸ™‚

  15. Love your list and everyone’s contributions too!
    Colleen…recently posted…A Mountaintop ExperienceMy Profile


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