Friday, February 12, 2010

Lenten Dinner Ideas

Several readers requested my ideas for Lenten meals. I got the impression that they were mainly looking for dinners, so here is the list I compiled for myself for both fish and vegetarian dinners for Lent.

Please be aware that these recipes are not vegan; many include animal fat, eggs, and broth made from animals (chicken, mainly). You can make appropriate substitutions if your dietary restrictions prevent you from eating these products.

Fish Dinners
Vegetarian Dinners

Feel free to post other ideas and recipe links in the comments section!

* The Bookworm's Library has been updated: Found Treasure by Grace Livingston Hill, Swedish Cakes and Cookies translated by Melody Flavish


  1. These sound alot more appetising than tuna, onion, garlic, worcester sauce risotto!

    Some great ideas here, thanks for sharing. :-)

  2. Hi, just wanted to vouch for the Tomatoey Spiced Chickpeas recipe - I make this at home all the time and all of us love it, even the kids.

    Try it, everyone! :))


  3. Hi Behtany,
    I just posted a fabulous recipe that will work beautifully for lent. It's easy and so yummy!

  4. Ooh! That looks delicious, Mary. I just adore mushrooms with thyme.

  5. Just out of curiosity...I was under the impression that Catholics fasted all during Lent. But when I was a student teacher at the Catholic high school, I learned it was only on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.

    How do you, personally, fast? Do you fast for the whole season or just A.W. and Fridays?

    Just curious. I'm toying with the idea of some type of fast for Lent this year.

  6. Thursday's Child - Fasting, as such, is only mandatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Abstinence from meat is required on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent. Catholics are required to come up with their own choice of penance to be made on all days throughout Lent and on EVERY FRIDAY ALL YEAR. However, many Catholics do not seem to follow this obligation, and some that do do not seem to take it very seriously (hence all the popular mantra, "I'm giving up chocolate for Lent).

    The Lenten fast regulations are to have two small meals which do not equal the one full meal that is taken, no food between meals, and traditionally the food is simple fare. Catholics can choose a more strenuous fast if they wish. My husband and I used to fast once a week from all food for an entire 24 hours, and it was a truly wonderful experience. Now that I have been either pregnant or nursing for more than three years, that sort of fast is out for me. It's simply not healthy. However, I do follow the rules of fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Two days with a little less food won't hurt anyone. If I was in the first trimester of pregnancy, however, I would not do so.

    Our family abstains from meat on all Fridays, so we try to do a little something more in Lent. Rather than give up quantities of food, which would not be healthy for me or for the children, we fast from those foods we most enjoy. This year, we will give up Starbucks (a weekend treat for my husband and me), alcohol, soda, juice, and my husband is also giving up coffee (I don't really drink it anyway, so it wasn't a worthy sacrifice for me). Our meals are simple during Lent, typically bread and vegetarian soup. We abstain from meat throughout Lent. I also give up all sweets (for me what coffee is for my husband). Most importantly, we try to do this with a joyful spirit, giving God room to make over our characters and bring them more in submission to Him and less attached to the things of this world.

    God bless you!

  7. Thanks for the recipes! I don't formally follow lent, but it's always good to have some non-meat recipes on hand. I printed a few of these. Some of them are a bit out of my skill set at this point in my cooking career...I only started learning a couple years ago after years of being a lazy single girl, so making pizza crust from scratch and "crimping" is a bit out of my range at this point.

    By the way, if any single gals are reading this...learn from my mistakes! Don't neglect to learn cooking even if you're single, otherwise, you'll have to play catch-up like I did. And you can save so much money cooking for yourself. This is probably a big "well duh" to most of your readers, but it took me years to figure it out. Anyway...thanks again.


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