12 Meatless Lent Meal Ideas: Your Strategy for Lent’s Meatless Fridays

It’s Lent and for many this is a time to create an intentional game plan for meatless Fridays. A couple of years ago, Joy and I prayed about it and switched our family over to meatless Fridays all year long. This has been a wonderful blessing. If you are interested in making this switch personally, Lent is the perfect time to build the habit and then extend it to the rest of the year.

[I’ve discussed the theological reasons for why we Catholics don’t eat meat on Fridays in another post: Please read “Why is Fish Okay But Not Meat.”]

Here’s how not to do meatless Fridays. Before creating an intentional plan for “Friday fare” or “fish Fridays,” Joy and I would just sort of wing it: “Oh it’s Friday. Shucks. Mmmm. I guess we’ll have to order some cheese pizzas.” Even worse, we’d remember after the fact. I’d order a chicken sandwich at lunch and then suddenly remember.

This is playing defense. You want to plan offense. Defense reacts. Offense creates a clear strategy. You need to make a plan. Write it down and post it on the fridge. 

Today’s post focuses on the practical aspect. How do you and/or your family keep meatless Fridays? It seems like such a chore. However, with some creativity, it can become an act of penance and a family tradition. And when your conference of bishops restores the custom, you’ll already be accustomed to the laudable and ancient practice. I’ve listed some suggestions below.

Get out a pencil and paper and write, “Here’s is my (or our family’s) game plan for Lent. We are going to be purposeful about Fridays in Lent.” You may also consider adding: “We plan to continue this practice of meatless Friday after Lent is over.

Next, plan out your meals for the next six Fridays. This will take you less than 10 minutes and here are some recommendations on meatless breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Talk them over and consider how your family might adapt, especially if you or your family members have allergies or food restrictions.

Breakfast is easy. Protein shake, eggs, cereal, protein bar, fruit, yogurt. No sweat.

The difficult meals are lunch and dinner. You don’t have to have endless tuna casseroles. There are some healthy and tasty (albeit still penitential meals) that can be enjoyed.

Here are some meatless Friday suggestions:

Cheese Quesadillas. In the unforgettable words of Napoleon Dynamite’s grandmother, “Just fix your self a dang QuesaDILLA!” Our family is all about the quesadilla on Friday. Cheap. Easy. Kids love them. Make big ones and use a pizza cutter to cut them up into slices for everybody. Add some sour cream and hot sauce for the parents, maybe some chips and home-made guacamole. You’ve got a great meal.

Nachos. A variation on quesadillas. My wife Joy gets cookie sheets out, covers them with chips and grated cheese and then puts them in the oven. Bring them out and put them in front of the kids and watch them disappear. Super cheap and kids love it. For adults, add sour cream, salsa, chives, guacamole, etc. You can also add refried beans – but make sure you get the kind without animal fat/lard since this would violate the Friday meatless rule.

Pizza. Cheese pizza for the kiddos. Margarita pizza for the parents. Perfect. Throw in a beer to wash it down.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup. This is a nice simple meal and surprisingly our kids love it. You dip the grilled cheese in the soup. Comfort food. For parents, add some pesto to your grilled cheese sandwich. Also, adults like mixing up the cheeses – try different kinds.

Pasta and Marina. Fast. Easy. Children love. It costs next to nothing.

Fettuccine Alfredo. Another meatless meal that most people like. Very filling. Lots of energy.

Mac and Cheese. A good option for kids – especially when mom and dad are leaving on a date. Meatless. Inexpensive.

Vegetable Lasagna. This may not be a winner with the kids, but adults like it. It’s a lot of work to prepare, though.

Egg Salad Sandwich. My wife and I really like egg salad sandwiches with tomato and lettuce.

Tuna Salad Sandwich. Honestly, this can get old, but you change it up additions like cucumbers, olives, or even curry powder. You can get tuna sandwiches at Subway on Fridays.

Fish and Chips. My go to Friday meal, especially if at a restaurant.

Salmon. During the year, when we want a nice Friday meal, we go for salmon. Healthy. Lean. Not hard to prepare. I grill it on a cedar plank. Fantastic. This is a nice option if you have friends coming over for dinner on a Friday night, but don’t want to bore them with mac and cheese. You can also mix the grilled salmon with greens, fruits, and nuts for a beautiful salad.

Cheese Enchiladas and Chips and Salsa. This is the number one Marshall Friday meal. Joy makes it and everybody loves it. Very filling. Not very expensive. The hard part is heating all the corn tortillas in oil. It takes a little more time, but it’s worth it. My nine year old twin daughters made this meal one Friday night while my wife was away from start the finish (but I had to wash the dishes!).

My least favorite Friday option? Well, the McFish Sandwich and frozen fish-sticks are my least favorite. The children like fish-sticks, but when I discover that they are for dinner, I inwardly grown. Nothing says “penance” like fish-sticks.

Question: If you have other suggestions for meatless Fridays, please leave a comment for us. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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PS: McDonald’s created their fish sandwich specifically for Catholics on Fridays. In 1962, Cincinnati McDonald’s franchisee Lou Groen invented the sandwich to compensate for plummeting burger sales during Lent.

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  • Todd

    Two of my favorite meatless meals are vegan red beans and rice (which tastes as good as the real thing) and vegetable tamale pie (filled with sweet potato and black beans). Both recipes can be found at www(dot)budgetbytes(dot)com.

  • Ian

    Growing up, one of my family’s traditions for Friday was Shrimp Creole. My mom would make it with her homemade salsa.

    • Nice! I be love some Shrimp Creole!

      I’ve noticed that some places include little bits of sausage in their rice for cajun shrimp dishes – so be careful.

  • Valerie

    I agree about the frozen fish sticks being not so desirable by adults, but homemade parmesan fish sticks made out of salmon…delicious! We also do meatless tacos – all of the normal fixings, except meat, with homemade refried beans made in the crock pot. Thanks for the ideas and the nudge to go meatless year round!

  • Regan

    A couple of years ago, we started Veggie Stir Fry-days.

  • I grew up eating potato tacos (replace ground beef in taco with mashed potatoes) and we would keep the regular taco toppings. For Lent this year my husband and I decided to have a simple soup every Friday such as; potato & leek soup and broccoli soup.

  • Sarah D.

    Fish tacos, veggie soups, grilled polenta and salad, pasta primavera, eggplant Parmesan- the possibilities are really endless!

  • ChristopherWrinn

    More ideas: Gnocchi, Polenta, Baguettes and Brie/Spread/Butter, crawfish ettouffee… oh there’s a world of possibilities, my friend. 🙂

  • Lisa

    Love the “beer to wash it down” part for the pizza. Also, the Fish Nuggets from Trader Joes are quite delicious, they don’t get mushy like regular fish sticks.

  • My favorite Lenten Friday lunch is peanut butter and fluff sandwiches – but I am left feeling like this was not exactly a penitential choice. Dinner favorite during Lent is spaghetti with roasted broccoli and garlic. Quick, cheap, healthy and yummy.

  • Stephen

    We have traditionally observed all Fridays as “no cook” dinner, after a busy week of work, school, etc. Good veggie and margarita pizza and salad from one of our favorite wood fired Italian restaurants, or great Chinese from our friends at Dragon are our mainstay meals. Cindy usually gets the steamed veggies and I go for a spicy shrimp and veggie combo over brown rice. I m allergic to oat fish but can eat shrimp, lobster and, oddly, canned tuna and salmon. Funny story: when I was a boy of about 7 or 8, my Mom consulted our priest about what to feed me on Friday, due to the fish allergies. As I remember, Father said I could have some meat as my allergies were severe (asthma, hives, swelling). That was not good enough for my Mother. Polish Catholics just did not eat meat on Friday! She would fix me potatoes and butter, or a pasta dish. If I was lucky, potato and cheese pierogi. To this day I love potatoes. They always took good care of my needs.

  • Denise

    We have observed meatless Fridays for over 20 years and aren’t the worse for it. On Friday we look at each other and say, “What are we going to eat?” His favorite is Macaroni soup. It is pretty tasty. Just cook up some mac and cheese and then add V8 juice until it is soupy. You can spice it up with some Cajun seasoning (Tony’s) or just use salt and pepper. It is very cheap, feeds a lot of people, and keeps the tummy full.

    • Kat

      The macaroni soup sounds great! My husband is kind of picky with his food choices, so maybe I’ll try him on this!

  • Mary3

    Baked potatoes with the fixins. or Tater tot casserole (lots of recipes on the internet, just pick a version without meat). Add a salad to either of these and you’re done.

  • Jacob Wall

    My family eats very little meat to begin with. I grew up in a meat-eating family (once/day at least) but I slowed down on the meat when I moved out. My wife doesn’t really like meat a whole lot. So when we got married, we ended up eating meat once or twice a week.

    One of those day is almost always Sunday. So, it was quite easy simply to say that the other meat day would not be Friday. We are meatless all year round, and all of Lent.

    That having been said, I think it would still helpful to have a game plan as described here. Several times now my wife has ended up cooking the meat on Thursday afternoon, and there are usually leftovers making too easy to slip up and get out the leftovers for lunch.

    In addition to the Mexican ideas mentioned already, there are also chilaquiles; they’re easy to make. You heat up Mexican green sauce and pour it over tortilla chips; you put sour cream, grated cheese and chopped onions on top, an perhaps a fried egg if you are so inclined. Delicious!

  • Teresa Muir-Small

    For the cheese enchiladas, I brush the tortillas on one side with oil and heat them on both sides on a griddle until soft then continue as usual. It’s lighter and easier!

  • Andrew Fanco

    The Filet-o-fish wasn’t McDonald’s only attempt at feeding abstaining Catholics. There was also Ray Kroc’s hula burger. Grilled pineapple with cheese. Turns out people preferred fish over that monstrosity.

  • tom h

    Here are some tasty options that are also nutritious: minestrone made with vegetable stock (lots of beans, carrots, tomatoes and such); salade nicoise with either canned tuna or fresh tuna steak (yum); pasta with broccolini, white beans, garlic, and cream sauce; lentil soup with German spatzle; baked cod on top of sliced potatoes and onions with mint garnish. enjoy.

  • MPR

    My family and I grew up enjoying homemade Tortillas and beans almost every Friday for supper. Making that supper was usually a family affair. My brother and Mom would roll and cook tortillas while I shredded cheese and set the table. We also listened to music to make the cooking time go by quickly. It was great!

  • Suzanne

    Is it penitential enough to try Chick-fil-a’s new fish sandwich?

  • Patricia

    We’re used to meatless Fridays all year around. Have to find other things to abstain from during Lent. Salmon is not penance…so many ways to prepare it. So many other fish and seafood dishes to choose from for dinner. Lunch for me is hardest as it can get boring.

  • Timothy Black

    Pasta by the bay??

  • Ruth

    Besides cooking fish in oven or in pan, we often have fish chowder or tuna casseroles. Yum!

  • puzzleannie

    My favorite memory from childhood Lenten faire, Welsh Rarebit, melted cheddar cheese over toast(velveeta is not in it, you need the grittiness of cheddar) stir in a bit of cream or milk, or for more savory, Worcestershire sauce. To add a veg top the toast with thin tomato slices, toasted slivered almonds on top of the cheese adds a nice touch. The quality of the bread is key, French or Italian or sourdough are my top choice, but try rye or pumpernickel. Toasting it in the oven on a cookie sheet makes it crisper.
    Any meatless breakfast like pancakes, crepes, waffles or French toast works. Challenge the kids to get creative with toppings, fruit etc.
    Frog legs and smelt were also things I remember only from Lent. Would not know how to begin obtaining or cooking them.
    Let the kids come up with creative veggie soup recipes (don’t forget puree technique), it they make their own they are more likely to eat it.
    Tuna sandwich gets classier as a melt, again, variety in the bread helps
    For adults add a can of crabmeat to the tomato soup, use milk in place of water and you now have crab bisque, stir in 2T of cream or sour cream if you like, top with homemade croutons or oyster crackers.

    • Carmen

      Hello puzzleannie, I live in New Brunswick, Canada, and bought smelts from a roadside truck vendor last week. Fresh and tasty pan-fried! 4lbs. for $10. No middle-man here! Reminded me of my childhood in Northern Ontario, Canada many years ago during the start of the spring season, when these little fish run. My brother used to gut them, but I followed a You Tube video and it was easy.I don’t know where you live, but hopefully you will find some. God provides, we just have to look.

  • Ruth

    We also mix our tuna and hard boiled egg for tasty sandwiches.

  • Ruked

    You said that lard would violate the meatless rule. That makes sense to me, but in the latest bulletin from my church I read that condiments made from animal fat, lard, broths made from meat, and meat flavorings are all permissible as long as there are no meat particles. Have you ever heard of this? Where would I find the rule on eating animal products?

  • Timothy Black

    My wife makes tuna croquettes. Tuna, panko, dijon, green onions and an egg. Then rolls in more panko and pan fries in olive oil. Like a poor man’s crab cake. So good, I actually feel like I’m not giving anything up…so it conflicts me a little. lol.

  • Michael Lindner

    Vegetarian lentil soup or barley soup are good hearty meals. And let’s not forget meatless spaghetti/gnocchi/tortelini/ravioli, or fish tacos.

    And a surprisingly good meal is “toad in a hole” (aka one eyed jack, birdie in the nest, etc.). Take some good bread and cut a circle out of it (use a small glass to do it). put it in a pan with butter, drop an egg in the hole and fry it up. Yum.

  • momof9

    I am curious if anyone knows of a similar post for the gluten-free crowd. We would like to meatless all year long, too. My daughter can’t have grains, and Fridays are always very, very difficult, especially since my son has baseball practice every Friday evening (a Lenten penance for me). I need to have things prepped in advance or waiting in the crockpot. We are doing cheeze pizza today (almond flour crust), did salmon last week, but ouch, salmon is expensive! Thanks in advance if anyone knows of a resource for me. 🙂

    • momof9

      (Sorry for my typos!) 🙂

    • Melissa

      I’m also gluten free (as well as dairy and egg allergies). You might try cooking a GF pasta the day before and just heating up some jar red sauce. I think fuscilli or other shapes reheat better. Or a pasta salad with tuna in it-lent is late this year so it might be warm enough for a cold dinner. I also like making taco salads with black beans from a can instead of meat (a tasty substitution any time). The salads can be made a day or even 2 ahead if you leave off the dressing. And you might look for a gluten free vegan cookbook (or online) for further inspiration. Sometimes trying to make all those substitutions is just too much to think about.

    • croixmom

      My family has observed meatless Fridays for years as well.
      Baked potato with sour cream or maybe steamed broccoli in a cheese sauce; black beans and rice; tuna; how about cheese crisps: shredded cheese on a corn tortilla, broiled? of course salads. You can load on almost any type of bean on a salad.
      Since we do it year-round, a) it comes naturally; 2) it truly becomes penitential. Especially for my daughter. A handful of almonds is always good for a little protein shot. Oh! popcorn has protein, too!

  • Linda

    Thanks MomOf9, for the comments on gluten free.

    The other folks who have more difficulty than you’d expect are those of us who have to follow a severely carb restricted diet. Nearly every suggestion is very heavy on the carbs — Bread, Tortillas, pasta, potatoes, rice! Gluten free can lean toward Corn meal products, rice and potatoes. (I know it’s more complicated than that… but I’m not an expert!)

    I’m diabetic, and if I tried to eat that many carbs, I’d be **heavily** insulin dependent, a hundred pounds heavier, desperately trying to get my cholesterol below 1000 and avoiding a stroke because of the high blood pressure! Even one day like this causes big problems for me. [I’m quoting from my n=1 experience here! if yours is different, more power to you!]

    Yes, it’s a day of penance, but destroying our bodies isn’t what our Lord is asking of us.

    A few ideas -Some seem a bit odd if you’re used to a high carb way of life… Fish, Egg, Cheese… check… how about Souffle? Crust less (or almond meal crust) Quiche, Breakfast of Bulletproof Coffee or Cocoa (with Stevia), Avocado! My favorite! Eat the whole thing, not just a little sliver! yes, it’s high in fat – that’s what keeps you full. And keeps your blood sugar in check. A fair amount of carbs, but with enough fiber to offset. Salads… lots of salads… With real salad dressing, not that low-fat filled with sugar stuff, more avocado, egg, cheese, tofu if you can stand it (I can’t) Shiritake noodles with whatever non-meat sauce you’re using. Yeah, I don’t go for those either… but it’s one day a week. I can tolerate the egg and tuna salads. especially if it’s on an AVOCADO!

    It’s a day of penance after all.

  • Shannon Marie Federoff

    Salmon pie. Takes me right back to my French Canadian Memer’s kitchen.

  • ymader@gmail.com

    my family has been meatless on Friday’s for 30+ years now (Fr. John Hardon told way back that we should practice this), so for Lent it’s a no-brainer. That being said, a number of years ago I began the practice of soup and bread for dinner on the Wednesday’s of Lent. It’s a good reminder to us that this isn’t just more of the same but a special time of thoughtful penance. We’ve also been careful during meatless days not to indulge in meals that defeat the purpose of penance (ex. shrimp or lobster, etc.). I think it’s a great idea to teach kids early on about the meaning of penance and why we do it. My kids were taught to fast from age 7 and never complained about it. Now that they are adults it is something that comes naturally to them. Thanks for the great suggestions for kid-friendly meatless meals!

  • Teresa

    Meatless hard and /or soft tacos with all of the fixings except the meat.
    (This might be too “festive” for Lent…?) My kids love them!

  • Frances

    I am making a pot of split pea soup this morning without the ham It’s full of other wonderful seasonings. We also enjoy New Orleans red beans and rice with lots of spice but no meat. Frances

  • KatrinaWB

    Potato pancakes and applesauce. Make ’em thin enough so the edges get crispy, served with lots of applesauce. Yum!! Comfort food from my youth. Trouble is I used to look forward to Lent when I was a kid…floured and fried fresh smelts…(can’t even find them anymore) fish cakes with mashed potatoes and stewed tomatoes. For me giving up meat wasn’t sacrificial…. My Mother was too good of a cook!!!

    • Robin S 0816

      Potato pancakes and applesauce is so yummy and got that “down home comfort” feeling! Perkins has it on the menu BUT you can get them w/o the bacon it comes with. The short stack is 3 large ones, and the regular order (5) feeds both me and hubby for less than $10!

  • Melissa

    We are having shrimp scampi this evening with linguine & steamed brocoli. Easy peasy lemon squeezie (just make sure you have a few lemons on hand for this dish)!

  • Jason

    My dad used to love fried egg and onion sandwiches during lent. My mom’s favorite was Welsh Rarebit. I love lentil soup with lots of spinach, any variety of fish chowder, fish tacos, vegetarian stuffed peppers, vegetarian chili and that kind of pasta that is big tubes filled with some kind of white cheesey stuff. Yum!

  • KatrinaWB

    Fish sticks substituting for meat in tacos is pretty yummy…. But I think we’re enjoying this too much! LOL! I’m really looking forward to all the tasty meals Lent brings.

  • Tm

    Pinto Beans, cooked overnight in the crock pot with some v8 juice and water, onion, garlic, and jalapeños.. served over rice.

  • RachaelM

    Subway also has a great veggie delite sub. Choose your own veggie fixins and add different kinds of cheese if you want. For lunch or dinners, seafood I might not normally think to eat.

  • Mario

    You can jazz up the grilled cheese with some jalepenos. Make it a jalepeno popper grilled cheese.

  • KatrinaWB

    My last word on the subject of tasty Lenten meals, because I really do think we’re losing a little of the penitential aspect….a good lunch….sliced tomato with salt and pepper on white bread (Wonder Bread is the bread of choice) slathered with mayonnaise (preferably Hellman’s). Delish. Now in the spirit of Lent I have to go think up something that I don’t enjoy so well to make for dinner tonight!

  • Darrin Loehr

    One of my personal favorites is the veggie burrito from Chipotle. The beans and salsa offer so much flavor that you barely miss the meat. Load that baby up with rice, sour cream and guacamole and you can’t go wrong. Get the black beans though because I believe the pinto beans are cooked with bacon, or used to be anyway.

    • Same here. You taste the difference (without meat) for sure, but it’s a nice meal.

  • Karen

    How about black bean tacos? Smash up some beans, load up the taco shell, add tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, jalapeños (for the brave!), and some salsa! Make a side of guacamole and chips….YUM-O!

  • KathleenFentonMD

    Bean or bean and cheese burritos. Also I have a great recipe for “nacho cheese potato soup” which is great with a slice of bread on a cold Friday evening.

  • Gina Marie

    English muffin pizzas!! SO easy, esp if using jar sauce! My Dad is Italian, so jar sauce was a “no no!” Ash Wednesday my 16 yr old Son was elated, so those of you blessed with little ones, this will probably go over big! Tip: a light coating of olive oil will prevent sticking & keep muffins soft! Enjoy!!!

  • sequax

    I like lentil soup for lent. Some flat bread, a little sour sour cream (or a shot of red wine vinegar if you are going without dairy) It’s filling and yummy. Use a mushroom broth instead of beef. Better than Bullion makes a good broth, or you can hydrate dried mushrooms.

    Fried rice is also a VERY good thing. Since I can’t do a full on fast, I make millet sweet potato congee in my crock pot. For a complete protein you add in a handful of chopped chestnuts– or walnuts work, too. Even kids will eat it, and it costs less than a buck a serving.

  • Mary Kay Berning

    A Meatless Chili recipe is my new addition to Lenten fasting meals. Top with shredded cheese! Thanks for the Great ideas that are posted!

  • Kristina

    My mother made a recipe call “hot tuna buns,” and I still associate it with Lent!!! It was a type of tuna salad with pickle relish and dehydrated onions and chunks of American cheese. This was then spread on hamburger bun halves and put under the broiler to toast…we loved them!!!
    And I have discovered that sushi can be meatless!

  • Kristina

    Another easy one is to cook spaghetti and then scramble some eggs into it…you can add cheese, too, or spinach. I got this idea from a book about babysitting, and it was my simple go to meal all through my single years…one night, after I was married, I thought I was on my own for dinner, when my husband came home unexpectedly. He asked what was for dinner and I said, sheepishly, “Spaghetti and eggs…” He was game, and he loved it! My kids liked it too, and we often had this for Friday’s in Lent.

  • MrsAndy

    Wow! So many great ideas. We are also no meat on Fridays year round. Quiche is also very easy and versatile, corn chowder, potato soup, Okra, black bean and rice gumbo – very filling, low cal and easy. I do egg and cheese sandwiches putting different combos of herbs and spices in the egg mixture. They get to try and guess what combos I used. Stir-frys with egg mixture also. Oh, we raise chickens so always have an abundance of eggs!!

  • MarytheDefender

    Hmmm… Favorite meatless food….Pomodoro or Sundried Tomato Pasta with herbs and garlic, Smoked milkfish with salted egg and tomato, Coconut milk soup with lemongrass and mushrooms, Crunchy Thai catfish salad, Aglio Olio pasta with garlic chilli and anchovies, Baked mussels…. Eeep these don’t like much of a sacrifice :))

    • Wow! Very exotic to this Texan.

      • MarytheDefender

        :)) I’m from the Philippines so these ingredients are more common here. That and I grew up fancying Italian food…

  • Romilly

    Butter bean pie is scrummy. Kids love it, adults love it more!

  • Candy

    I love soup such as cheese tortellini soup with spinach and tomatoes or cheesy potato soup with a loaf of french bread.

  • Sonia

    In the linked post about why fish is not considered meat, Thomas Aquinas includes eggs and dairy products among foods from which we should abstain during Lent. This used to be the case, I think. When was it changed, and what were the reasons? (Not that I would like to go back to that more strict practice).

  • Jack

    In the East, most Wednesdays AND Fridays are meatless, or vegan, to be exact.

    One thing I will eat during these days of abstinence are veggie burgers. I just pop them in the microwave, and I’m out of the kitchen in 3 minutes.

    Once more, we see Lenten small talk turning to food!

  • Robin S 0816

    I guess you haven’t had many PA Dutch weigh in on the best of meatless Friday’s and Wednesday? We save this for ONLY DURING LENT…… a nice big homemade apple dumpling, warmed with a bit of heavy cream, milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream….and if I’m feeling really adventurous, a homemade apple pie (3″ thick) with the same . Pleases the entire family!

  • lroy77

    Pallenta-I add roasted garlic, Kalamara olives, Valdalia or sweet onions, roasted bell peppers, and sun dried tomatoes. Saute together until smooth and the flavors blend in.

    Spanish rice-White (or brown) rice, salsa (I like mine mild), onions, olives (both green and black), corn, tomatoes, nacho chips or Fritos. Top with sour cream. NOTE—When NOT on Fridays, sprinkle with bacon bits. You may add guacamole but I don’t like it.

  • Sheelagh Hanly

    Fish pie made with smoked cod, unsmoked cod or whiting and you can add other type of fish if you like. Sauté some chopped carrots and onions. Make some standard white sauce. Layer fish and sautéed veg. Pour white sauce over and finish with a layer of mashed potatoes with some grated cheese on top. Bake in oven for about 45 mins and serve. You can vary the veg and use parsley or other sauce if you prefer.

  • Barbara

    One of my favorites as a child was french toast. As an adult I dress it up with fruit and whipped cream

  • Stacey

    Quesadilla & Nachos…duh! I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner:-). Thanks for reminding me to just,”keep it simple stupid” 😉 haha.

  • Kelly

    On fridays we experiment with different varieties of waffles (bananas with walnuts, dices apples with pecans, cinnamon).

  • Kitty

    Do you “inwardly grown” or do you inwardly groan when fish sticks are on the menu? 🙂

    We’ve always had meatless meals on Fridays. Thank you for the suggestions. I was looking for some new ideas. Fish sticks get a little old.

  • Mandy Pagano

    I eat a low-carb, high-fat diet, which has improved my health greatly, and I genuinely cannot eat a lot of those suggestions. My first Lent (I’m a convert) I panicked because all the Lenten food suggestions were laden with bread, bread, bread, and pasta, pasta, pasta. But after some trial and error, I figured it out.

    Here’s what I do instead, for anyone who’s interested. Broccoli cheddar soup, Crustless cheese and veggie quiches, veggie salads with boiled eggs for protein, any small meals or snacks I will eat a handful of olives or nuts or a spoonful of natural nut or coconut butter, and of course there’s the seafood. I batter and fry my own fish, shrimp, and scallops with a crushed seasoned pork rind batter instead of the traditional flour based stuff. I also really like making crab and salmon cakes. To keep from burning out on fish I will make veggie casseroles. I’ve got killer recipes for both Brussels sprouts and spinach casseroles with sour cream and cheese. And I manage to easily make it out of Lent without so much as even a crumb of bread.

  • Emily Krueger

    My mom recently made a tortilla soup with 3
    types of beans that I’m looking to make without the meat. (She’d cooked 3 turkey legs for a big crock pot of soup. I’ll add more beans if anything.)
    We’re also going to try a tortellini soup with 3 cheese tortellini.
    Baked potatoes with all the meatless toppings also.

  • Bridget

    (To aid the year round effort) With several teenage boys, apt to troll for snacks and/or consume more calories during athletic seasons, we keep a post it note inside the fridge with some variation of “today is Friday” as a simple reminder to avoid accidentally eating meat.

  • Christina Watkins

    No beer with the pizza…it’s Lent, after all..

  • Maureen Wick

    Spaghetti and White Clam Sauce is an easy favorite in our house. I make quick sauce comprised of butter or margarine, garlic and oregano with some of the juice from minced clams. Add a salad or some garlic bread and you’re all set.

  • SMC_BC

    Try shrimp and avocado in pita. There’s lots of recipes online.