The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015 and many families will be observing the Lenten fast obligation during the season. Going meatless on Fridays can be delicious and we have some recipes to make Fridays the favorite eating day of the week!
For those who need a refresher on the obligations of Lent, we refer to the article on American Catholic:
To sum up those (Lenten) requirements, Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.
Fasting as explained by the U.S. bishops means partaking of only one full meal. Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening—depending on when a person chooses to eat the main or full meal.
Abstinence forbids the use of meat, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat.
Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat. Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consomme, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are not forbidden. So it is permissible to use margarine and lard. Even bacon drippings which contain little bits of meat may be poured over lettuce as seasoning.
Wishing you a blessed and delicious Lent!
Lenten Meal Plan from Orthodox Kitchen
Tortellini Primavera from Eating Well
Pumpkin, Chickpea and Coconut Curry from Meat-Free Monday
Avocado Egg Salad on Toast with Tomatoes from The Hungry Goddess
Banana Date Smoothie from Meatless Monday
12 Meatless Lent Ideas from Taylor Marshall
Quesadillas and Broccoli Slaw for Lent from Revolution of Love
Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash from Taste and Tell
25 Simple Meatless Meal Ideas from Catholic Icing
Sicilian Cauliflower Pasta from Meatless Monday
Slow Cooker Lasagna from California to Korea
Creamy Skillet Swiss Chard with Chickpeas from She Knows