Merciful God, You are great in compassion and Your tenderness for us is without measure. We ask You to give us today our daily bread, and also provide for the needs of all of Your hungry children around the world. Through Christ Your Son and Our Lord. Amen.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Lenten Meals

Cooking during Lent is a challenge for most people (well, Lent is suppose to do that to us, isn't it?). We all grew up with a handful of meatless meals to choose from, some of which we'd rather forget. And, if you're like me, you don't go for those pricey, but delicious, pieces of fish, when your Friday meal is supposed to be sacrifice. I know I'd love to dive into a steamed lobster with clarified butter on meatless Fridays, but I don't indulge in that normally, so I won't indulge during Lent either.

I've listed here some of the meatless meals that I go to all year long. Some of them are "mine" (i.e., I've posted them before) and some are links I've saved. I've tried them all, though, so I know that they are good.

Deviled Crab (serve with toast points or rice, and a salad or green vegetable)
Paula's Cajun Fiery Shrimp (if shrimp is not so expensive for you)
Linguine and Clam Sauce (we just have a loaf of crusty bread for this dish)
Incredible Tuna Pea Salad
Light and Spicy Fish (very good, serve with some garlic mashed potatoes and a green vegetable)
Salmon Tetrazzini (very budget friendly, serve with a green salad)
Penne and Vodka Sauce (try Deborah's Farmhouse Cheddar Muffins with this)
Shrimp Fried Rice and Egg Rolls
Asian Salmon (maybe you'll find a good deal; I serve this with white rice and some stir-fried veggies)
Cornmeal Crusted Catfish Nuggets (serve with macaroni and cheese or scalloped potatoes and a vegetable)

Bow Tie Lasagna (just a salad and some good bread balance this meal out)
Gnocchi and Fontina Cheese Sauce (plan a green salad to go with this dish)
Linguine and Clam Sauce (we just have a loaf of crusty bread to go with this dish)
Noodles with Garlic and Breadcrumbs
Potato Gnocchi and Tomato Sauce

Cuban Beans and Rice (leave out the ham -- you won't miss it)

Grits and Tomato Gravy (just serve these with some scrambled eggs and a fruit salad)

Welsh Rarebit
Chilaquiles (this would be good with a Mexican cabbage salad or a Bean and Corn Salad)

Split Pea Soup (just leave out the ham)
Cream of Cheese and Broccoli Soup (scroll down -- use vegetable broth instead of chicken)
Crock Pot Potato Soup (use vegetable bouillon)
Clam Chowder (serve with some good cornbread)

Breakfast for dinner:
Overnight French Toast (serve with a fruit salad)
Blueberry French Toast


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