Meatless Friday: Faster-Than-Takeout Roundup


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These days, I’m all about fast dinners–but not fast food. I was recently asked to take on a long-term substitute teacher position in a Catholic school second grade class, and by the time school’s over for the day, I don’t have a lot of time to cook dinner before I have to get my kid to the soccer field or the theater for rehearsals.

Since my son is diabetic, pizza isn’t always the best dinner option for him. He does better with pizza at midday on an active day. Fortunately, we have plenty of meatless dinner options that are quick to make (or can be made ahead). I’ll have a few of these on my menu plan during the coming month.

Barbara Stein’s light spicy tilapia 1Light and Spicy Fish, which is quick to put together and cooks in the oven in 20 to 30 minutes. Just add rice and a vegetable for an easy meal.

Jenna Hines’ Bean Burritos, a pantry-friendly (and budget-friendly) choice for a meatless meal.

Erin McCole-Cupp’s Fiesta Stuffed Potatoes. I love that these can be started in the slow cooker while I’m at school all day!

Sarah Reinhard’s Notsanga. Pasta. Cheese. Good tomato sauce. What’s not to love?

TomatoClamSauce-326x244Carol Sbordan-Bannon’s Easy Tomato Clam Sauce for pasta. You had me at “easy.”

Peggy Bowes’ Cuban Black Beans and Rice. She has some other quick-to-prepare ideas in that post as well!

Dine Without Whine’s Baked Halibut.

Erin McCole-Cupp’s Sensational Slow-Cooker Stuffed Shells. Do-ahead is the name of the game for me right now.

DSCN0236clearLaura Grace’s Black Bean & Cheese Enchiladas.

And I’m sure my son will be happy if, some Friday when we don’t have to go someplace right after dinner, I bring out the waffle iron and make some Mommy Waffles with fruit salad.

What’s your go-to meatless dinner on a crazy Friday?

Copyright 2014 Barb Szyszkiewicz


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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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