Three Easy Healthy Meatless Meals for Lent is from Alison of Alison’s Wonderland Recipes
Lent will be here soon, which means Meatless Fridays are back on the menu! Personally, I’ve always struggled with building a repertoire of meatless meals. I either wind up making something totally boring or just putting some odds and ends I found in the fridge on a plate.
Luckily, over time I’ve managed to stumble upon a few Lenten staples that are not only meatless but also healthy and quick to make. Here are a few recipes I turn to when I find myself falling into a meatless meal rut!
Three Easy Healthy Meatless Meals for Lent
Egg Salad Sandwiches with Black Bean Mango Salad
The best thing about this recipe? You can prep all the components ahead of time and just assemble them when you’re ready! I like to make my own egg salad, but if you’re pressed for time, going the store-bought route is an easy way to shave minutes off this recipe.
- For the Sandwiches
- 4 large croissants, cut in half
- ½ cup baby spinach, washed
- 2-3 cups egg salad
- For the Salad
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 tbsp snipped fresh cilantro or flat leaf parsley, lightly packed
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 mango
- ½ red bell pepper
- For the Salad Dressing
- juice from 1 lime
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼-1/2 tsp white balsamic vinegar
- ⅛ tsp kosher salt
- 4 twists freshly ground black pepper
- ½ tsp sugar or honey
- Chop your celery and cut your mango and bell pepper into 1-inch cubes. Place all your salad ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
- Place all your dressing ingredients in a small, sealable container (like a Tupperware container or small mason jar). Seal the container and shake vigorously until ingredients are combined.
- Drizzle dressing onto salad. Toss to combine. Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes.
- When the salad has chilled, add a layer of spinach to the bottom half of each croissant. Scoop egg salad onto the spinach and place the remaining half of croissant on top.
Healthy Homemade Pizza
This may not seem like a healthy choice at first, but when you use whole grain pizza dough, organic sauce, and veggie toppings, it becomes a meal you can feel good about.
- Whole wheat pizza dough (You can also use the shelf-stable, premade whole wheat pizza crusts)
- ¼ - ½ cup organic pizza or pasta sauce
- 1½ cups shredded mozzarella (you can even use fresh mozzarella to boost the health factor)
- ¼ green pepper, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup sliced bella mushrooms
- Shape your dough on a pizza stone or greased baking sheet. Prebake your dough if the instructions call for it.
- Spread on your sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and toppings. Bake according to the dough's package instructions.
Salmon Kabobs with Grape Tomatoes and Pesto
For when you want more than plain salmon! I make my own pesto when I can, but this is another recipe that allows for store-bought alternatives if you’re lacking time or ingredients.
- 2 salmon fillets
- 18 grape tomatoes
- ½ cup pesto
- kabob skewers
- Cut your salmon into 1-inch cubes
- Alternate adding salmon cubes and tomatoes to your kabob skewers. If using wood or bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 10 minutes before adding the ingredients.
- Grill the kabobs for 2-4 minutes on each side or until the salmon is cooked through.
- Brush pesto on top or serve it on the side for dipping.
What are your favorite go-to Lenten recipes?
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