I am by no means a strict vegetarian, but I rarely eat meat, especially at home and especially during Lent. As many people lean meatless this time of year on Fridays and also more generally, suddenly I realize that meatless eating doesn’t come as easily if you’re not in the habit.
So, since I’m super hungry on Ash Wednesday right now… let’s look at food on the internet. You will see where I am willing to mix up a sauce for these, but unwilling to make things like cashew cream. I think my limited patience combined with an unending desire for good food should make these ideas both accessible and delicious.
I actually probably won’t make most of these during Lent because I am making intentionally simple food choices this year. I will be eating down what I currently have in the house and trying to use it up as much as possible.
Tried and True
Zucchini Fritters – these are so easy and so good. I like mine on a soba noodle salad or with a fried egg or just with sour cream.
Wintry Spring Rolls – this was the first recipe I ever followed to make spring rolls, and it is really fun and far easier than I ever expected. and now, I just throw whatever I have in my fridge in a rice paper wrapper.
Broccoli-Basil Macaroni and Cheese – I’m sure you have a go-to mac n’ cheese recipe, but this is a fun twist. feels a little less guilty than straight up Kraft. but love me some Velveeta.
Vegetarian Tacos – I was obsessed with these in late summer. when I wasn’t eating the zucchini soup below, it was these babies.
One-Pan Pasta – there are many versions of this “wonderpot” pasta out there. here is where I originally found it.
Baked Chickpeas with Pita Chips and Yogurt – basically Middle Eastern nachos. get after it.
Charred Cauliflower Quesadillas – quesadillas that seem like a healthy meal, need I say more?
Red Bean and Green Grain Taco Bowl – this is so good that my carnivore brother made and enjoyed it, too.
Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette – it’s good. simple. like a classy pizza.
Red Lentil Soup with Lemon – delicious and hearty recipe, especially served as suggested with rice and yogurt. tangy for sure.
New Year Noodle Soup – a little complicated but delicious. love anything with beans and caramelized onions.
Thai Zucchini Soup – I ate this all summer. like crazy amounts. might be ready to bring it back.
Roasted Tomato Soup with Broiled Cheddar – crowd. pleaser.
A Good Winter Salad – love delicata squash and everything else in here, especially paired with fresh greens
The Greenest Salad – I LOVE THIS SALAD. I forgot how good it was until I pulled up this recipe. oh my gosh. it’s so good.
Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad – hearty hearty hearty. and yummy.
Warm Lentil and Potato Salad – just see the description directly above.
Excited to Make
A New Take on Potato Chowder – yes. yes. yes. can’t wait for this goodness in my kitchen.
Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Smoky Sweet Pepper Sauce & Coriander Chimichurri – looks hearty and with good roasted, umami flavor (and vegan!)
Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Slaw – mmmm. a different take on the tacos I posted above.
Cabbage and Mushroom Galette – another galette. like classy pizza.
Spinach and Quinoa Patties in a Bowl – love a grain bowl, and these patties are a fun twist without being too overcomplicated
Kale Pesto Pizza – can’t beat homemade pizza, and this combo looks super appealing