Vegan Hummus and Herb Pizza

For me, pizza is synonymous with Lent so even though this year’s Lenten series is vegan, I had to include a pie that fit the bill.

Instead of cheese, this pie has a layer of creamy hummus. Instead of meat or extra cheese, it’s topped off with sliced grape tomatoes, herbs, and toasted pecans.

The result is a beautiful pie – perfect crispy crust, creamy layer, and lots of toppings!

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Individual Vegan Pot Pies

Since so much of the country is dealing with snow, it seemed appropriate to kick off this year’s Lent series with some cold-weather comfort food. These pot pies are warm and hearty – even meat lovers won’t miss the meat here!

With hearty veggies, a creamy sauce, and a flaky crust, this falls into you’d-never-guess-it’s-vegan territory. But it is, and it’s good.

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15 Vegan Dinner Ideas

Today is Ash Wednesday, and the official kick off for my annual Lenten dinner series. It is my 10th year sharing meatless meals on Lenten Fridays and, my, have we come a long way.

When I started this series a decade ago, we were not good at eating meatless. Friday dinners consisted mainly of spaghetti with jarred sauce or pizza. I decided that I needed to get out of that rut, and turned it into a yearly blog project. These days, meatless meals are no problem – they’re regularly in rotation even when it’s not Lent.

Meatless Fridays are supposed to be a sacrifice, and I realized as I was planning this year’s series that in many ways, they wouldn’t be for us. I decided to take things one step further this year and make all of our Friday recipes vegan. While the extra restriction is surely not necessary for Lent, I wanted to be sure our Friday meals were something that required planning – like they were when I started this series.

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Sheet Pan Gnocchi & Vegetables

Today marks three weeks of social distancing for us. We are trying to stay home as much as possible in this weird, temporary normal, which means my 2-3 grocery trips per week have been severely cut back – we made it 18 days before our first grocery run and we’re hoping to make it another 2-3 weeks before going back.

If you’re trying to space grocery trips, this is an ideal meal for week two. The vegetables used here hold up pretty well to a week in the fridge – and even if they start getting a little soft, you’ll never be able to tell after roasting them!

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Greek Veggie Burgers

Happy Meatless Monday!

And, how is everyone doing? Honestly, we’re coming off a week of survival mode – all last week we were passing around a seemingly-un-pandemic-related stomach bug so I never got this post up for our Lenten Friday series.

Given everything going on in the world, sometimes plugging along with the Lenten Friday series as normal feels weird – after all, our diocese granted a dispensation from abstaining from meat on Fridays for the rest of Lent.

But, we’re all just pressing on and doing our best, aren’t we?

Greek Veggie Burgers 2

So in the spirit of pressing on, last week’s Lenten Friday becomes this week’s Meatless Monday – because I couldn’t hold onto these awesome vegetarian burgers any more.

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Chickpea & Broccoli Stir Fry

I think it’s the perfect time for some make-your-own takeout, how about you?

We’re taking our social distancing seriously and staying home as much as possible. For us, that means limiting our grocery store runs and takeout – but it doesn’t mean our food is boring!

Broccoli Chickpea Stir Fry 2

This easy, meatless dish is the perfect antidote if you’re craving takeout. And it comes together so fast, it’ll be on the table quicker than takeout anyway!

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Mexican Potato Skins

Friday nights have become family movie night here. It’s a chance to hunker down after a busy week – usually with something on Disney+ and some fun eats.

Being meatless on Fridays for Lent has forced me to be a little more creative with our movie menus. This snacky-style dish is a great light option that’s also meatless.

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Grilled Vegetable Chili

We’ve had a relatively mild winter here with plenty of warm days scattered in. I feel like, in a way, it makes the cold days worse. Today it’s chilly and rainy and suddenly feels like arctic tundra.

Grilled Vegetable Chili 1

What does that mean? Comfort food, of course. This veggie-loaded chili is just perfect for a rainy Lenten Friday.

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Cauliflower Bahn Mi Sandwiches

It’s the first Friday of Lent which means I’m kicking off my annual meatless meal series today! Over the next seven weeks, I’ll be sharing new meatless meals every Friday.

Cauliflower Bahn Mi 3

First up is this Cauliflower Bahn Mi and, guys, it’s a good one.

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12 More Meatless Meals for Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent – and the return of my annual Lenten dinner series!

12 More Meatless Meals for Lent

As Catholics, we abstain from meat each Friday during the Lenten season, and the Lenten Dinner series was born out of desire to make our meatless Friday more creative.

To kick things off, I’m highlighting 12 meatless meals that I’ve shared on the blog in the last year that would be perfect options for Lenten Fridays!

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