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The Great Lent – Vegetarian Meals


The Great Lent began about two weeks ago, which means that those who follow this tradition, abstain from eating meat at least on Friday of every week, or some even do it on Wednesdays as well.

If you are like me, and are used to having meat at least once or twice per day, preparing meatless meals a couple of times per week might create a challenge.  I used to really stress out about this during my early years of cooking, but after a while I built quite a long list of meatless meal choices, and could easily be a vegetarian, if I could only win my family over to that eating style.

I have been posting some of my  meatless recipes during this past year, so if you are searching for ideas, here are the links to these posts:

Palushky (Potato Dumplings)

Halushky (Pasta with cabbage)

Vegetarian Holubtsi (Cabbage Rolls)

Varenyky (Pierogies)

Homemade Pasta (in the lower section of the linked post)


Tuna Melts

Veggie Burgers

Tomato Soup

Red Beet Soup

Sorrel Borsch

If you are interested in a rather quick meal, there is always Macaroni and Cheese (you can add in some steamed broccoli, or any other of your favorite vegetables), Tuna Fish Salad, Egg Salad, Shrimp Scampi, any other fish which may be fried or broiled, pasta with steamed veggies, pasta with tomato sauce, pizza, PBJ, etc.

With so many different choices, the few meatless days during the 40 days of lent, pass by so quickly, that before you know it, you are back to the old meat cooking routine.

Sometimes  I actually miss a meatless meal, so I whip one up for a change, just to add a new twist to my meal planning.

As always, please share your favorite meatless meal idea with all of us.

6 thoughts on “The Great Lent – Vegetarian Meals”

  1. Orest says:

    To add a little variation to pasta and sauce try adding some peas and carrots.

  2. BusyMom says:

    One hint: If you do resort to Mac n Cheese, just drop frozen veggies to the boiling macaroni for the last few minutes of cooking. Then you don’t dirty another pot to make the veggies.

    I also LOVE to change the whole flavor of the mac n cheese with a variety of spices and add-ins:

    Indian: curry powder, cayenne pepper, garlic, veggies
    Italian: garlic, italian seasoning, diced tomatoes or sundried tomatoes
    Other: peas, ham or bacon, garlic, pepper .

    I just throw in leftovers if it sounds like they might work with it.

  3. Suburban Grandma says:

    Hey BusyMom, nice to hear from you again. Thanks for stopping by and sharing great ideas about making a nutritious meal out of Mac-n-Cheese. I have to try the Indian version you suggested, since I just replenished my curry supply.

  4. Suburban Grandma says:

    Peas and carrots sound great in a pasta with sauce. I would also like to add some yellow peppers to make it even more colorful. Thanks for sharing.

  5. jan says:

    I’m suzyhomemaker’s Mom..she didn’t tell me you were Polish…I will check your recipes out..I am very proud of her, as you can tell she is very talented!

  6. Suburban Grandma says:

    Wow, I feel so privileged to hear from you. I love your daughter’s website, and check it out everyday. You must be so proud of her, and rightfully so. She sounds amazing, and keeping so busy, I feel like I almost know her, but only through her articles.
    I am Ukrainian, but I was born in Southern Poland and came to US during my early teenage years.
    Thank you for stopping by, and taking the time to leave me a comment.

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