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Ack, it’s Lent – Recipes for Meat-free Fridays

It’s coming soon!

Almost everyone has this story.  You totally forgot it was a Friday during Lent until you realized you had eaten bacon for breakfast or had a chicken sandwich for lunch.  For me, I can eat vegetarian meals any other day of the week and then, on a Friday, I will crave a burger or spaghetti and meatballs like nothing else.  It will tear at my insides.  The next day, however, when I can actually indulge in one of those meals, I end up wanting falafel or something without meat.

You can’t really have pizza for every meal on Fridays

Fortunately, over the years, I have amassed a collection of recipes to help me navigate through the dietary path of observance during this holy season.  They are meat-free or can easily be adapted to be so.  This list should also help to avoid the reliance on the trifecta of fishsticks, tuna casserole, and pizza (English muffin or otherwise), that my folks put us through when we were growing up.

Swap out the Chicken Stock for vegetable stock or water.  This is great paired with the Spiced Pecan and Pear Salad

Why not try this paired with a Salad with Balsamic Vinegar-Fig Reduction?  You can use dried figs to make the dressing if you can’t find fresh ones.

No one ever said you couldn’t do breakfast for dinner.  It looks even more elegant with this Smoked Salmon Hash (salad recipe also in the post).

Flounder Florentine with garlic-roasted potatoes.  Not quite fishsticks and tater tots, and probably healthier, too.

Shrimp-Grape-Almond Salad really does serve up as a meal.  If you separate the dressing and the cheese, this would make a great packed lunch.

Sole with Lemon-Butter Sauce is so quick and simple to make and tastes amazing.  Buy the freshest piece of fish that you can find to cook this dish (it is definitely worth going to your local fishmonger for it).  Serve it alongside crunchy Green Beans with Almonds or a tangy Spinach Salad and don’t forget the bread to sop up all that amazing sauce!

Aw, you knew I was going to throw in at least one tuna dish, right?  Here’s Tuna Tettrazini, which was the version of tuna casserole served in my parents’ house.  Easy to throw together after a busy work week and creamy, cheesy and comforting.  Here, I’ve served it with Peas with Sautéed Shallots.

So, here you have it: 7 Fridays in Lent and 7 meal ideas to fix for them.  I have many other Recipes that you can search from as well, too, to get some more inspiration.  You could even pull together a bunch of Appetizers and Salads for dinner, if you like.  I bet it wouldn’t be the first time you’ve done that and called it a meal!

Buon appetito!

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