When Lent rolls around it seems like everyone is looking for meatless dinner ideas. Over the last few years we have eaten lots of meat-free meals. If you search around for vegetarian meals, often what you find are fancy meals that seem to take a lot of ingredients and more importantly a lot of time! Time that most of us busy homeschooling moms do not have. Especially on a Friday night after a long and busy week.
Often I forget that simple is almost always best. While it’s fun to try new dishes and new foods, I also like to have the old favorites handy.
Meatless Meals for the Family
Macaroni & Cheese – I know this isn’t anything new and different, but my kids absolutely adore this Macaroni & Cheese recipe. It’s easy to make, and easy to double for a large family.
Leftover Soup – This is a great way to have a meatless dinner as well as use up leftovers from the week.
Crock Pot Taco Soup – I love easy meals, especially on Fridays. Just dump in the ingredients, turn on the crockpot (this is an important step ;)) and you are good to go. Serve with a salad, tortilla chips, corn muffins, or whatever works for your family.
Rice & Bean Tacos (In a Rice Cooker) – A super simple set it and forget it meal. Serve with hard or soft shells and it will be a meal your family will love.
Stuffed Peppers – This is a very forgiving and easy recipe. It doesn’t even require a recipe, it’s just a mixture of quinoa and whatever else you like. Sometimes I even use leftover rice and beans from the recipe above, stuff it in peppers and stick it in the crockpot. I always put my stuffed peppers in the crockpot!
Baked Potato Bar – This really requires no recipe, but is just an easy meal to make. Put some potatoes in a crockpot in the morning. At dinner time pull out the sour cream, cheese, broccoli or any other vegetables to pile on top. You could serve with a salad or muffins. Super easy and the kids can customize to their liking.
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Wonderful post Jen! I hadn’t thought of stuffed peppers. Great idea!