Going meatless is a good sacrifice for Lent, and it can be very frugal as well. I try to have at least one meatless meal per week, all year long. So during Lent I do two. Here are some of our family’s favorites, as well as a smattering from other bloggers:
One of my all-time favorite meatless meals is Veggie Bean Burritos, a recipe I got from my friend Lindsay. You can use any vegetables in it, but I more or less stick with mushrooms, zucchini, corn and green peppers. I like to watch for organic whole mushrooms and zucchini to go on sale at the same time, or you can chop a zucchini or two and freeze them (without blanching is fine) and wait for the mushrooms. This recipe freezes very well and makes great leftovers.
Wholesome, vegetable-filled, totally tasty burrito filling
Just about the cheapest meal you’ll ever eat – put a few bucks in the CRS Rice Bowl after this one – is Hearty Lentil Stew. It makes a ton and freezes well. If you don’t like the taste of vinegar, be careful with the amounts in this recipe. I cut the apple cider vinegar in half, because for whatever reason the flavor really comes through strongly.
I found this Three Bean Soup recipe (coming soon) in a Parents magazine a few years ago, and it is a great soup for little ones, even infants who have been introduced to beans and chicken broth (after 8-9 months). We like it with only part of the soup pureed. It struck our fancy with some whole beans and thick, beany broth. This soup totally rocks with a grilled cheese sandwich for dipping.
Future posts will cover the many and various uses of beans and legumes! 🙂 Now on to some recipes from other bloggers:
Sarah’s lovely blog, Heartland Renaissance, features a handful for you:
The Best Minestrone Soup Ever – enough said!
Pizza Margherita – made extra tasty with the addition of garlicky pesto and with two yummy crust recipes; one yeasted and one sourdough.
Breakfast for Dinner – with recipes for a breakfast pizza featuring scrambled eggs, creme fraiche, capers and smoked salmon along with a french toast recipe featuring orange-infused whipped cream cheese and fresh berries.
Eggs en Cocotte – a Simple, frugal, elegant dinner that can be personalized to your taste.
Lindsay, at my ultimate favorite blog, Passionate Homemaking, just had a darling baby last week, so I’m taking the liberty to link to her Sloppy Lentils, a recipe I’m trying next week.
My friend Carrie sent this one, which her husband deemed, “the best meal you’ve made yet.”
Shrimp Casablanca (Link no longer available) is her default company recipe because “you can prep part beforehand and fry up the rest in five minutes right before eating.”
My good friend vegetarian Lindsay (of my favorite meatless recipe) sent one to share:
Curried Tofu (Link no longer available). She assures me that her husband, not a vegetarian, enjoys it!
…if you have a great meatless recipe to share, it’s not too late! I can still link up to your site or post your recipe here if you’re not a blogger. Or, you can add the recipe right into the comments section. Happy Fridays, and thank you all for participating!
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