We are definitely in the Lenten season.  Lent is the 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter Sunday.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.

To many Christians Lent is the season for fasting, abstinence,moderation, repentance, and spiritual discipline.  Not all Christian churches observe lent, but I know Catholics definitely do.  Growing up in a Catholic family meant that Lenten traditions were always observed.  In my family fasting and abstinence were mandatory every Fridays during Lent.  This means that on Fridays during Lent one fasted and abstained from eating meat.

I’m all for meatless Fridays!  We have at least one meatless day every week so abstaining on Fridays isn’t a hardship.  What is a hardship is finding meatless dishes that everyone in the family will enjoy.  Many people think that meatless mean one can only eat vegetables, not so.  During Lent one must abstain from eating meat; beef, pork, lamb, and chicken.  But one can eat fish, shellfish, and of course veggies.

To me meatless days whether it be during Lent or not, is a time to try new recipes and different types of cuisine.  Meatless, to my grandson’s delight, does not mean Vegan.  Here are 12 of my favorite meatless meals.  They’re yummy during Lent or anytime of year.

LentSpinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

This is very popular with my grandsons, specially Devon who never eats anything green!  Once the shells are smothered in pasta sauce and topped with a layer of mozzarella cheese you can’t see the spinach.  He actually loves it.

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LentBaked Manicotti

If you can’t find large pasta shells then try this Baked Manicotti.  It’s really the same thing as the Spinach & Cheese Pasta Shells, just a different shaped pasta.

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LentEscabeche – Filipino Sweet & Sour Fish

This delicious Filipino dish is a bit fussy to make, but it’s well worth the effort.  My son-in-law Joel loves it!

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LentSalt & Pepper Shrimp

This crunchy shrimp dish is a family favorite.  It’s a big hit at parties too!

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LentBaked Shrimp Scampi

Here’s a new twist on a time honored recipe.  I love it because you can prep it in advance.

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LentTorta Talong – Filipino Eggplant Omelette

This is a beloved Filipino comfort food.  It’s meatless and delicious.  Not to mention pretty easy to make.

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lentShrimp Sour Soup – Sinigang na Hipon

Surprisingly this soup is one of my grandson Devon’s favorites.  He even eats the green veggies!  In English it’s called a soup, but it’s really a Filipino main dish served with rice.

 

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lentShrimp Braised in Peanut Sauce – Kare- Kareng Hipon

I love Kare-Kare anything!  This Filipino stew can be made with beef, pork, chicken, seafood, or just veggies.  The shrimp version is one of my favorites!

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LentCrab in Coconut Milk

This is a delicious crab boil, that is if you don’t mind cracking crab.  I love the dish but hate cracking crab.  That’s why I think it’s an appropriate Lented dish for me, it’s meatless and cracking crab can be a penance for the day!

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LentSquid Adobo

This might be way  beyond your comfort zone.  But if you’re an adventurous foodie you may love this squid dish.  It’s pretty good with steamed white rice.

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LentCauliflower Fritters – Em Shaat

This simple Middle Eastern dish is a family favorite.  Have it with Arabic Salad for a filling meal.

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lentVeggie Stir Fry

I love this veggie dish!  It’s colorful, tasty, and healthy.  It’s made with fresh veggies, yummy!

 

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