Growing up, when Lent rolled around, Friday dinners were always bean and cheese burrito nights. Now, I’m not complaining! Feeding a family of nine is never an easy task. However, having the same thing every Friday during Lent can also be tough.
Friday Meals for Families During Lent
While still keeping in mind that Fridays without meat are an act of penance, I’ve put together some meal ideas to help keep things fresh and interesting at the kitchen table.
Instead of ordering in from your favorite pizza place (although I’ll admit that’s my every Friday night go-to), get some mini premade pizza crusts from the store and have a “Make Your Own Pizza” night.
Get the sauce, cheese, veggies of choice and let everyone in the family create their meal!
Bonus: it gives kids ownership over their meal and they are much more likely to clean their plate.
Quinoa Enchilada Casserole
I remember making this for Lent last year and it was such a hit with the kids! Enchilada casserole is always a good meal to make for a family (hello leftovers!). But without meat, it can feel like just a lot of sauce and cheese. That’s where the quinoa comes in!
By itself, quinoa is a bit bland. But mixing it in with this casserole is amazing. Plus, quinoa has a lot of protein, so your meal can still be fairly balanced. Click here for an awesome recipe.
Breakfast for Dinner
I think we’ve all done some variation of breakfast for dinner in a pinch, right? My kids love cereal nights (definitely a by-product of failed meal planning). But let’s turn it up a notch from Frosted Flakes, shall we?
I’m talking about quiche! It is very simple to put together a delicious quiche, especially when you can use the already made pie crust from the store.
I just heard a big “whomp whomp” in the background as I typed that. The fact of the matter is that tuna saves me a lot of heartache (an stomachache) during Lent as I scramble around trying to figure out what to give my kids for protein on meatless days.
I found this delicious recipe that’s a delightful spin of both pasta salad and tuna salad. I would serve this Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad with lots of fresh fruit as a side.
When you hear the word “ramen,” if you’re immediately taken back to your college days, it’s time to rethink everything. Well, maybe not everything.
However, actual ramen is way better than what you zap in the microwave. Within the past year, I’ve added it to our meal rotation because the kids really enjoy it. While I have yet to try a full vegetarian recipe, I plan on trying this one this Lent!
Similar to the “Make Your Own Pizza” idea above, you can do a “Tostada Bar” with your family! My one tip would be to make sure you are buying the vegetarian refried beans. There are so many things to add to your tostadas: avocado, cheese, pico de gallo, purple cabbage, etc.
Now, I have my tostadas with the extra tortillas my Grandma uses after making tacos. Since not everyone has a Grandma Sylvia (love you, Grandma!), this recipe seems simple for achieving the end goal of deliciousness.
Share Your Favorite Meatless Meals for Families During Lent!
I hope these ideas are helpful for you and your family! I’ve been on a bit of a health kick, so if you have any questions about substitutions for certain ingredients, please reach out.
If you have any family favorite Lenten meals, please put them in the comments below (and include a recipe if you can) so that we can really expand this list. I am praying that you all have a fruitful Lent and that you are drawn closer to our Lord during this time of penitence and reflection.Friday Meals for Families During Lent #BISblog // Click To Tweet
Susana Starbuck is a regular contributor to the BIS blog. She is wife of a youth minister and mother to four littles five and under. She lives in Phoenix, AZ and enjoys reading a good book, posting her highlight reel on Instagram, and drinking wine. You can connect with her here.