Friday, March 14, 2014

Meatless Recipes for Lent

If you're celebrating Lent (a Christian-specifically, in my case, Catholic-period of the Church year that leads up to the death and resurrection of Jesus) then you're probably aware of the whole "Don't eat meat on Friday's thing." And...if you're anything like me...this has always been a struggle. I LOVE MEAT. It's super hard for me to not eat chicken or a burger or some such (it's also hard to not FORGET that I'm not allowed to eat meat on Friday and then...whoops...too late). But, the past couple years I've succeeded in having completely meat-free Fridays for the whole of Lent. Hopefully this year will be just as successful! (errr...ok....last week I slipped up. But....from now on!)

To help keep me (and any of you who are also in need of assistance) on track, I've included a round up of my 8 favorite meat-free entree options on the blog. These are also awesome for anytime if you're a vegetarian or just want to cut down on your meat consumption.

Meatless Recipes for Lent
Brown Butter Pasta
  • A recent favorite, this pasta is SO quick and easy to make, you really have no excuse to not throw it together! Plus...I mean...browned butter....YUM.
Breadcrumb Crusted Cod
  • I don't like fish, so this is really more for Michael than for me. I made this last year during Lent and it's really such a simple and lovely recipe. 
3 Cheese White Pizza with Truffle Oil
  • Really any pizza you don't put meat on will work. But...this one is just SO GOOD! It's def. obsess-worthy.
  • I typically use meat and meat sauce in this lasagna recipe, but you can just as easily remove the beef and use a meatless sauce. You can also have fun and add in spinach, fried eggplant, etc!
Skinny Alfredo
  • Mmmm my new favorite alfredo recipe, AND it won't make you go up a pants size. 
Baked Fish Sticks
  • a healthier alternative to fish sticks or fried fish, so you won't feel bad eating it once a week :P.
Linguine con aglio e olio d'oliva (AKA "Oil Pasta")
  • This has literally been a staple in my family my entire life. It's the first thing I learned to make before I moved to NYC. It's really easy to make and extremely delicious.
Toasted Ricotta Gnocchi with Parmesan Truffle Cream Sauce
  • If you want to get gourmet on your Friday, this is SUCH a delicious recipe. It's rich and luscious and just....mmmmm....

There you have it!! What about you? Do you have any favorite meatless recipes?

*Although I have titled these recipes vegetarian on the collage, due to the fact that many people who call themselves vegetarians do eat fish, technically people who eat fish are pescatarians. I apologize if there is any confusion.
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