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Meatless Meals – Great for Fridays in Lent

March 29, 2017
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I’ve always joked that Fridays in Lent in Louisiana are no real sacrifice because of our abundance of (scrumptious) seafood. However, it’s still nice to have a few recipes on hand if you’re not attending a fish fry to create a delicious family meal.

1. Sriracha Fried Rice (click link)

I love Jennifer Scott’s work, and her blog is a treat. I started doing this fried rice recipe this Lent and my whole family enjoys it. I have yet to do this, but I think sautéed shrimp would be yummy with it. Tip: the less sriracha the better and then add according to taste.

2. Maple-glazed salmon

Roasted carrots and/or yellow squash are a wonderful accompaniment. This salmon is a delicious (sweet) way to get that Omega-3s for the little ones (promotes a healthy brain).

Meatless Meals - Salmon Recipe

3. Mommy’s pesto pasta 

(or Ninja Turtle pasta, according to our oldest)

I have had this recipe for quite some time and it’s actually an adaptation of Giada’s Penne with Spinach Sauce (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/penne-with-spinach-sauce-recipe). It’s such a great way to incorporate spinach into the kids’ diets. You could also add sautéed shrimp and a squeeze of lemon to this (red pepper flakes wouldn’t hurt either).

A great meatless option

4. Roasted Potato Leek Soup (click link)

I made this a while back on a whim and it was quite a hit. Very filling! My tips for this recipe:

  • You really don’t need the crispy shallots as a topping, but my toddler adores cheese so he’ll sprinkle shredded cheddar on top.
  • The recipe calls for white wine, but I keep a bottle of white vermouth in the kitchen for when recipes call for a white wine since it won’t go bad. Also, you don’t need to add the two tablespoons at end if you don’t want to.
  • When you transfer the soup to the food processor, do it in small batches because your food processor will overflow and soup will spill on the counter! I speak from experience… I would also assume that an immersion blender would work really well if you want to avoid a possible mess.

 

Hope you enjoy these delicious meals!

-Brooke

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