Meatless Friday: Pre-Lenten Planning Edition


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We’re talking about Lent already? It seems like I just put away the Christmas decorations! But Lent is just around the corner, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 18.

That means it’s time to make the meal plan.

salsa quesadillaHere at, we feature a meatless recipe or two every Friday, all year ’round. You can find all our Meatless Friday featured recipes here. During Lent, all Catholics (ages 14 and up) are bound to abstain from meat on Fridays as we keep in mind the sacrifice of Christ during his crucifixion.

If you need a refresher course on Lenten fasting and abstinence, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has you covered. They’ve also set up a page of FAQs about Lent that’s very helpful.

Lent is a penitential time, but we need to strike a balance between serving a simple meatless meal and serving a meatless meal our family members will actually eat. There’s nothing penitential about wasted food and bad attitudes. Our friends at CRS Rice Bowl encourage us to prepare simple and inexpensive Friday meals during Lent, and donate the money we save to their efforts to feed the hungry around the world as well as in our own dioceses, as 25% of your contributions will stay in your local diocese! Right now, Lisa Hendey is wrapping up a CRS trip to Tanzania, and she’s been sharing everything she’s learned about how CRS works to alleviate poverty in that country.

Now it’s your turn to share your favorite meatless Lenten meals! Does your family have Friday-dinner traditions during Lent? And what do you serve for lunches?

Share your favorite meatless recipes in our linkup, or comment below to contribute recipes, menu plans and traditions.

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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.


  1. Suzanne Rosbach on

    I buy flour tortilla’s from Trader Joes. Since I’m not able to digest anything from a cow, I shred up sheep cheese also found @ TJ. I add a bit of olive oil to the skillet, put down a tortilla & top it with shredded sheep cheese. Top wiith the other tortilla & spray the top with olive oil. Let cook on one side for a few minutes & the turn, cooking a few more minutes. Serves with veggies & fruit. Very good for people with cow milk allergy.

  2. Hi Barb! Just heard about this link-up from the CWBN and recognized your name also from the Catholic parents of t1 diabetics group too 🙂
    I’m happy to add a recipe and am looking forward to checking out the others here!

  3. Here’s what I do when I need a quick dinner (half hour or so):

    Make a batch of cornbread (quick to mix up, bakes in about 20 minutes). (Or if you have tortillas on hand, heat them up a bit to serve with the soup.) While conrbread is baking, put in a 3-qt saucepan:

    1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
    1 can red kidney or pinto beans, drained & rinsed
    1 can (14-oz) diced tomatoes, with liquid
    1 can corn, with liquid
    1 4-oz can green chiles
    water or broth to make it as soupy as you like
    1 tsp each: onion powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, oregano
    salt to taste

    Bring just to a boil, then simmer until the cornbread is ready. Add a shot or two of olive oil after cooking; top with cheddar cheese if desired.

    Add a plate of fresh veggies (carrots, celery, bell peppers, etc.) or a green salad, and it’s a meal.

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