Meatless Meals

During Lent there are times we do not eat meat, like Fridays. When a person doesn’t normally go meat free too often, it can be hard to conjure up meatless meal ideas. Listed below are some common and some unique meatless meal ideas. Without searching the internet it’s all in one place, right here!

Angel Hair with Feta and Sun Dried Tomatoes

16 ounces angel hair

¼ cup of olive oil

4 cloves of crushed garlic

3 ounces sun-dried tomatoes

8 ounces tomato basil crumbled feta cheese

1 cup parmesan cheese

1 bunch fresh chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot boil water, then place in 16 ounces of angel hair and strain after cooked. Mix a ¼ cup of olive oil, 4 cloves of crushed garlic, and 3 ounces of sun-dried tomatoes, 8 ounces of tomato basil crumbled feta cheese, and 1 cup of parmesan cheese with the cooked pasta. Then stir in 1 bunch of fresh chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste.

Classic Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup

1 tablespoon butter

Two slices of bread

Two slices of cheese

Can of tomato soup, and items needed for that

For the sandwich choose your type of bread, and slather butter on one side of each bread; two slices are needed per sandwich. Over medium heat stove or electric griddle place one slice of bread (butter side down) on the pan. Add two slices of cheese of your choice. Put the other slice of bread on top, with the butter on the outside of sandwich. After about 3 minutes flip the sandwich to the other side with a spatula, and wait about another 3 minutes until it’s done. For the tomato soup get a can of condensed tomato soup and follow directions on the can.

Breakfast for Dinner

1 egg

2 slices tomato

1 slice cheese

2 slices bread

1 tablespoon butter, or other spread

Crack an egg or two in the skillet, cook, and add tomato and cheese. Toast two slices of bread of your choice and add the spread of your choice. Put the egg with tomato and cheese between the slices of toast and enjoy!

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

3 ½ teaspoons baking power

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 ¼ cup milk

1 egg

3 tablespoons melted butter

Simple pancakes are a great choice too! Sift together 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of white sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in 1 ¼ cups of milk, 1 egg, and 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Mix until smooth. Scoop about ¼ cup of mix into a lightly oiled and heated frying pan, and brown on both sides.

Tuna Fish

1 can of tuna fish

¼ teaspoon of mayo, or as much to your liking

½ a stalk of celery

Salt and pepper to taste

1 slice of cheese

Buy a can of tuna fish, add enough mayo to your liking, chopped celery, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, and serve on bread or toast with a few slices of tomato. Make it a tuna melt by adding cheese and warming it in the microwave, or oven.

Beans with Eggplant and Rice

1 small eggplant

3 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 green onion

1 package rice

15 ounces navy beans

24 ounces tomato basil sauce

½ cup feta

Cut one small eggplant into 8 slices and brush lightly with about a tablespoon and a half of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste and coat with a ¼ cup of seasoned bread crumbs. Cook eggplant in a twelve inch skillet with a tablespoon and a half of olive oil over medium heat about 5 minutes per side an turning often. Cook rice according to package directions and add a sliced green onion if desired. In a saucepan combine 15 ounces of navy beans, rinsed and drained and a 24 ounce jar of tomato basil sauce. Heat through. Serve all on plate and top with feta and black pepper.

Crispy Fish Fillets

1 egg

2 tablespoons yellow mustard

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cup mashed potato flakes

¼ cup of oil

6 ounces fish fillets

Wisk together 1 egg, 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, and a ½ a teaspoon of salt and set aside. Place 1 ½ cups of mashed potato flakes in a different shallow dish. Over medium-high heat, heat ¼ cup of oil in a large skillet. Dip 6 ounces of fish fillets in egg mixture, then completely cover fillets with potato flakes, and fry in skillet for 3-4 min on each side until crispy. For extra crispiness, dip in egg mix and potato flakes again.

Cranberry Spinach Salad

1 tablespoon butter

¾ cup almonds, blanched and slivered

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

½ cup of white sugar

2 teaspoons minced onions

¼ teaspoon paprika

¼ cup white wine vinegar

¼ cup cider vinegar

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup dried cranberries

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Cook and stir ¾ cup of blanched and slivered almonds until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, let cool. Wisk together 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, ½ cup white sugar, 2 teaspoons minced onion, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ cup white wine vinegar, ¼ cup cider vinegar, and ½ cup vegetable oil. Right before serving, toss with spinach. Combine spinach, almonds, and 1 cup of dried cranberries. Serve.

There we have it, some simple recipes and some unique recipes. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy, or something a little more skilled it’s here.  Hopefully these meals will be enjoyed, like they were meant to be.

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