Healthy Lenten Meal Ideas


This post is from a year ago, but it’s one that I happen to refer back to often, even when it’s not Lent.  Meatless meals are also a way to save money on the food budget throughout the year.  Ideas at this post
are broken down into egg dishes, pasta dishes, etc.  If you have more good Lenten/meatless meal ideas, I hope you’ll comment at this post so we can all have one handy list to refer back to!

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  1. I started cooking Lenten meals at our parish on Friday nights in conjunction with Stations of the Cross services to help families participate in faith life and provide and opportunity for families to socialize after a busy work week.

    With the Knights of Columbus (ABVM – Belmont, MI) I feature a different meatless theme menu every Friday evening during Lent. We may do 1 fish fry – we actually bake our fish with or without breading but the rest are theme menus: Every meal plan includes a Green Salad Bar, Relish Tray, One Featured Soup, and often an additional soup, and finally one or two desserts (one fancy and the other very basic such as fruit with no sweeteners. We publish the menu in the church bulletin and on the ABVM Parish website.

    The Themes are: Starting with the 1st Friday of Lent

    Blast From The Past Features Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (cheddar, pepperjack,
    mozzerrella), Tuna Salad, Tuna Melts, PB&J sandwich, Tomato
    Soup, and Potato Soup – Dessert Jello/ Pudding/and fruit parfait.

    Red, White, & Yellow Pasta Features Vegetable Lasagna, Marinera Sauce, Alfredo Sauce,
    and a Cheddar Cheese Sauce with a couple of different kinds
    of Pasta, Garlic Bread, Italian Vegetables, & Minestrone Soup

    Chinese Features Shrimp Fried Rice, Chow Mein, Egg Drop Soup, Vegetable or Shrimp
    Egg Rolls, Chinese Cole Slaw, and Fortune Cookies

    Pizza, Pizza Features a wide range of meatless Pizza. Red Pizza Sauce, Pesto Sauce,
    Alfredo Sauce, Garlic Sauce. Cheeses include Mozzerella, Parmesan,
    Cheddar, and Feta. Toppings include onions, green and black olives,
    mushrooms, artichokes, green and red peppers, crushed Doritos,
    canned corn, light kidney beans jalapeno and pepperonci, diced tomato, fresh
    spinach, and of course anchovies. (Northern and Southern Italian, Greek,
    Mexican, Cheese, and regular Veggie). I buy the 1/2 baked pizza crusts from
    Sam’s Club or Gordon Food Service (about $1.50 per 14″ crust).

    Dessert Pizza – canned fruit pie filling with crushed cinnamon graham crackers
    or an oatmeal based struessel topping. Also S’More Toppings (chocolate
    Sauce, Marshmallows, chocolate chips, coconut, chopped nuts), Crushed
    Pineapple Carmel Sauce, Maraschino Cherries and Crushed Graham

    Mexican Featuring Spanish Rice, Bean and Cheese Burrito, Cheese Quesidia, Chips and
    Chunky Salsa (2 cans finely diced tomato, 1 can each of rinsed pinto, black,
    kidney beans, sliced, 6 green onion, minced garlic, 1 chopped red and green
    bell, pepper, 3 minced jalapeno, 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, 1 can sweet
    corn, and juice from 3 limes). Toppings for salad bar to make a Taco Salad
    minus the meat. Dessert – baked bananas (plantains) with honey, lemon,
    pecans, and cinnamon baked on a pizza crust (tortilla).

    Yooper Featuring White Fish Pasties (fish, potato, onion, rutabaga, carrot and celery in
    a pastry shell) , cole slaw, green beans.


    Since you live close to Grand Rapids – we invite you and your family to drive out to Belmont/Rockford and join us for Stations and a meal.

    All meals are free will offerings.