Thursday, February 26, 2015

Meatless Meals Recipes

35+ Easy Meatless / Vegetarian Meals and Recipes for Lent -

Lent is here!

I don't know about you, but when it comes to making meatless meals for Fridays, I always draw a blank.  That or I make the same thing week after week.  Boring.

So we decided to come up with a master list of all of our favorite meatless recipes.  Now when Friday rolls around, we'll have easy access to a variety of options for our families for every meal of the day!

35+ Easy Meatless / Vegetarian Meals and Recipes for Lent -

There are several types of meatless recipes listed here - from the simple and obvious to the more intricate and fancy.  And for some of the recipes, we've added our notes on how we make it.  Also, a * indicates that this recipe may call for meat of some kind.  Just omit the meat, and there you go. :)

Hope you enjoy these meatless meals as much as our families do!

35+ Easy Meatless / Vegetarian Meals and Recipes for Lent - 

Pancake Muffins*  Perfect to make ahead or freeze.

Avocado Blueberry Muffins  These can be made ahead or frozen as well.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake  I like this "cake" so much, I've made it for my birthday cake the past 2 years!  (Pictured above)

French Toast Bake

Crustless Quiche with Veggies  You can make these ahead (or freeze them too).  They're great for mornings on the go!

Omelet and Hash Brown Cups*  I use shredded hash browns instead of tater tots.  These are also great to make ahead or freeze. 

Avocado Quesadillas*  Add a sprinkle of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, and cilantro OR taco seasoning to substitute for the flavor of the BBQ sauce.  (Pictured above - with the chicken - sorry!)

Baked Macaroni and Cheese  I add 3/4 tsp. dried mustard and use crushed Triscuits for the topping instead of breadcrumbs.

BBQ Bean Sliders with Coleslaw Topping

Egg Salad Sandwich  I use paprika instead of curry.

Tuna Salad Sandwich  Sometimes I substitute 1 Tbsp.+ of my homemade salsa for the pickle relish when I want a little extra zip!

Grilled Cheese / Cheese Toasties - These are definitely the go-to easy meatless meal at our house.  Our favorites are these different combos:
1.) Colby jack cheese + Cajun seasoning
2.) Swiss cheese
3.) Pizza sauce + mozzarella cheese + veggie pizza toppings + garlic and Italian seasonings

Mac 'n Eggs:  1 serving: 1/2 cup elbow macaroni or shells - cook according to package.  Whisk 1 egg with 1 Tbsp.+ of milk and a dash of salt and pepper.  Scramble egg in greased skillet.  Place macaroni and scrambled eggs in a bowl together with butter and salt to taste.  (This may sound like a strange combo, but trust us - it's fabulous!)

35+ Easy Meatless / Vegetarian Meals and Recipes for Lent -

Creamy Carrot Soup  Serve with Swiss Grilled Cheese Sandwiches instead of  the "croutons".  This soup is wonderful!

Four Bean Vegetarian Chili  A very hearty meatless soup.  This is my husband's favorite!  (Pictured above)

Cheese and Broccoli Soup

Zesty Minestrone

Creamy Vegetable Soup

Tex Mex Salad  I use fresh red peppers instead of roasted.  And I serve the dressing on the side.  This salad is amazing!

Apple Pecan Salad with Red Wine Vinagrette 

35+ Easy Meatless / Vegetarian Meals and Recipes for Lent -

Veggie Enchiladas  I use some combination of corn, black beans, spinach, carrots, onions, red, green, and yellow peppers, green onions, and/or mushrooms for the veggies.  But the beauty of this recipe is that you can use whatever combo of veggies you want!  We use a whole package of taco seasoning too.  Add sour cream to the cream cheese mixture if there isn't enough "sauce".  This recipe is soooo good!

Crunchy Black Bean Tacos  I add 1/2 can of corn (drained), 1 green onion instead of the red onion, 1 tsp. of chili powder, and 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder.

Quinoa Fajita Burritos  This one is freezer friendly!

Eggplant Parmesan

Spasagna*  Spaghetti + Alfredo + Lasagna :)

Vegetable Lasagna  Just like the Veggie Enchiladas above, you can use any combination of vegetables you want in this recipe!

Harvest Carrot Casserole

Black Bean Veggie Burgers 

English Muffin Pizzas*  These are great to make ahead and freeze.  (Pictured above)

Tomato Basil Pizza

35+ Easy Meatless / Vegetarian Meals and Recipes for Lent -

Fish Tacos with Creamy Slaw and Mango Salsa  (Pictured above - photo by Monica of A Beautiful Mess)

Shrimp Enchiladas with Sour Cream Cheese Sauce

Skinny Creamy Shrimp Pasta  This recipe is incredible...definitely my favorite meatless meal!

Zesty Tilapia - Drizzle zesty Italian dressing in a baking dish, and then place tilapia on top.  (I use frozen tilapia.  Adjust cooking time accordingly for fresh.)  Generously brush fish with more zesty Italian dressing.  Then, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.  Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes of until fish flakes easily.

Homemade Crispy Fish Sticks

Tuna Noodle Casserole

* Omit the meat that is called for in the recipe.

35+ Easy Meatless / Vegetarian Meals and Recipes for Lent -

These are our favorite meatless meals to serve our families.  What are yours?  

Please add your links in the comments - we would love to add more recipes to this list!  We'll make sure to add them to our Meatless Meals Pinterest Board.  These have the meatless recipes listed above - plus more! :)

Follow Sweet Little Ones's board Meatless Meals on Pinterest.

And if all else fails, head to the nearest Fish Fry ;)

35+ Easy Meatless / Vegetarian Meals and Recipes for Lent -


Pictures of Shrimp Enchiladas and Fish Tacos are by Monica of A Beautiful Mess.  All other pictures are ours.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Christina from Waltzing In Beauty wrote a beautiful post to kick off Lent last week: Lessons Last Year's Lent Taught Me.  I especially love the part where she talks about offering up suffering for a specific person or intention to help keep the focus on the bigger meaning.  What a great reminder, not just for Lent, but for growing closer to Christ everyday!

Sarah from Abiding in Grace had a great idea in her post Loving Your Husband: creating a "Love Jar" of special little things you can do for one another.  It is such a sweet and simple way to grow in your marriage through little acts of love.  You should definitely check it out!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Life Lately...

We've been crazy busy over here, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite moments (or just random thoughts!) from the past few weeks :)

We announced earlier that our brother and his wife were having a gender reveal party. Jess and I both guessed girl...and we were wrong! It's a BOY! They had confetti poppers (full of blue confetti) and had the name on the inside. Little baby Ezra, we can't wait to meet you in a few months! :)

Lent has started, and I think my body is already thanking me for giving up sugar. It probably seems silly, but I had become far too dependent on my daily pop, multiple snacks, and ice cream every night. It was sad...and I needed to stop wasting money on crap food and get motivated to be healthier. We are doing other things for Lent as a family, but this one thing is already making an impact two days in. :) 

My little guy is growing up way too fast. If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen that he just started army crawling and is getting into everything! Abby is not sure what to think of her now mobile brother being able to get into her things ;)
Love that innocent face before he terrorizes his sister's belongings :)

Downton Abbey...where do I begin? We watched Seasons 1-4 on Amazon Prime (they are free right now!) and now I'm begging John to buy Season 5 because I MUST KNOW ALL THE THINGS! ;) What really happened to Mr. Green? How is Edith going to pull off the baby/farmer thing? And which guy that will NEVER live up to Matthew (I'm still bitter haha) steal Mary's heart? So many questions. 

Any DA fans - is it worth buying or can I wait? 

A bag of googly eyes...never ending entertainment. And, how about that family portrait - very accurate for my kids' eyes! haha :)

Anyone else love Fixer Upper? It is one of my new favorite shows/blogs/inspiration sources. I'm pretty sure my husband and Chip are long lost brothers...they act exactly the same! If I had endless amounts of money to redecorate, I'd buy basically one of everything in their store. Love them :)

One of the new items from their Spring beautiful :)

And finally, I can't believe we've been blogging for almost a year! It's been a lot of fun connecting and meeting new people. I'm so glad we were asked to co-host the Tuesday Talk link up party every week...I've absolutely love it! :) Please join us, every Tuesday at 8am EST, with any blog post(s) you want! 

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Four Bean Vegetarian Chili

Since I'm on a chili kick this winter, I needed to find a meatless option for us for Fridays.  We usually give up meat on Fridays year round, but Lent started this week, so now it's officially no meat on those days.

And once again Pinterest didn't let me down.  So here is my take on the original recipe:

Four Bean Vegetarian Chili
(modified from Le Creme De La Crumb's Five Bean Vegetarian Chili) 


1 red, orange, yellow, OR green pepper (or mixture), diced
1 onion, diced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder, divided
2 cups vegetable broth
2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can cannellini or great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp. chili powder
2-1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika (regular paprika will work fine too)
1 tsp. salt


1.  Saute pepper and onion in olive oil in a Dutch oven on medium heat.  Once veggies are tender, add 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

2.  Add broth, tomato sauce, and beans.  Bring to a boil.

3.  Stir in remaining spices, and reduce heat.  Simmer, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes.

4.  Serve with sour cream, green onions, cheese, corn bread, corn casserole, tortilla or corn chips, etc.  Enjoy!

Notes:  To freeze, complete #1.  Then, place the veggie mixture and remaining ingredients in a labelled freezer safe bag.  Seal and lay flat on a cookie sheet to freeze.

I have a tasty Cajun corn casserole that I make that goes perfectly with this chili.  It's our fave combo!

This chili is a perfect, hearty meal for Fridays during Lent...or on those days you forgot to thaw out some meat for dinner ;)


P.S.  Come back next week!  We're going to be posting a huge list of links to our favorite meatless recipes for every meal of the day.  It'll be a great round up of recipes to use for Fridays during Lent! 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lent 2015: Choosing the Better Part

This Christmas at a white elephant gift exchange, I received the book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.  A few weeks later, my book club picked that very same book for our next read.  Then, Blessed Is She came out with their theme for this Lent:

Via Blessed Is She

I think God is trying to tell me something. ;)  

I very much lean towards being Martha - always busy doing things (the right/my way).  But I need to be more like Mary and rest in His Word.  So this Lent, two of the main things I'll be working on are:

Striving to be perfect at loving people - not doing things.  It doesn't matter if everything is scheduled just right, the playroom is perfectly put away, or the laundry is folded "correctly" (aka my way).  What really matters is how I love God, my husband, my kids, myself, and others. 

I read this perfectionism revelation in my other book club book - Momnipotent - and it was like a light bulb went off.  Being a perfectionist in doing things is so me.  I thought that being perfect in this way would make me happy and peaceful.  But it never has.  Oh, but I still chased that perfectionist dream hoping that it would.

So reading that we need to be perfect in really hit me.  Hard.  It really seems so simple and obvious.  But it's just what I needed to give me a kick in the right direction.  So this Lent will hopefully bring a lot of letting go and softening up.  Which leads right into my next one...

Finding a balance between being Mary and Martha.  Like I said above, I'm a Martha who has 10 to-do lists, plans everything, and is always thinking about the next task.  And I always put make that my top priority.

So this Lent, I am taking the time everyday to just be with Him:  Pray.  Read.  Listen.  Meditate.  Rest in His Word.  His comfort.  His peace.  

"Be still and know that I am God" is what He is calling me to right now.  And everything else, like my everyday tasks, to-do lists, and letting go of my perfectionism, will follow.  (I hope!)

I'm looking forward to using the Blessed Is She's Lenten journal to help me rest in His Word this Lent!

And in saying all of this, I'm not going to be too hard on myself if things don't go perfectly according to plan this Lent.  I love what Emily said about this in her post about Lent:

"God knows my heart better than anyone else; He knows what I need to get out of this Lenten season.  I have faith that this Lent will be exactly what He wants it to be."  

So beautiful and so true.  (Thanks, Emily!)  He will teach me and work in me if I come to Him with an open heart. 

How are you hoping to be transformed this Lent?


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