Family-Friendly Meatless Meals for Lent and Anytime


Lots of families try to avoid eating meat due to health reasons, cost, or even the season of Lent. Personally, I am preparing for Lent, and I know that meal planning (especially meatless meals) for my family can be a challenge sometimes. Truth be told, we tend to eat the same meals over and over due to the kids’ likes and dislikes.

Empty Plate with fork and Knife

So, to get ready for these upcoming meals, I have started brainstorming some family-friendly meatless meal ideas. I hope that many of our readers can benefit from these ideas, too. Meatless breakfast meal

Meatless Breakfast Meals

  • Scrambled Eggs and Potatoes (plain or in a taco)
  • Bean and Cheese Tacos (my kids’ favorite)
  • Boiled Eggs and Toast
  • Oatmeal (Our favorite add-ins: cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts)
  • Favorite Cereal with milk
  • French Toast and Berries (Here’s an easy French Toast Recipe from Country Recipe Book)
  • Pancakes or Waffles
  • Muffins

Meatless Lunch Meals

  • Tuna Sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cheese Quesadillas or these Black Bean Quesadillas
  • Baked Potato (Toppings: butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, chives)

Meatless Dinner Meals

  • Tuna Casserole
  • Salmon patties (canned salmon)
  • Fish tacos
  • Tortellini with alfredo sauce
  • Spaghetti or other favorite pasta and sauce
  • Cheese Ravioli
  • Cheese Enchiladas
  • Veggie or Cheese Pizza
  • Chalupas (Beans, cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a chalupa shell)
  • Chili Beans (with no meat) or bean soup
  • Grilled fish, shrimp, or salmon

Of course, these meatless breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas are always interchangeable!

Meatless Hearty Snacks

  • Nachos (Refried beans and cheese on tortilla chips. Optional: jalapenos or black olives)
  • String Cheese and Fruit
  • Peanut Butter with Apple Slices
  • Bread PuddingMeatless nachos

Hmm..after all that brainstorming, I am starting to look forward to cooking some Lenten meals. Fortunately, these are meals that my kids will actually eat anytime. Yay! What are some of your favorite go-to meatless meals when cooking for your family?