Lent is here so it’s time to prepare and meal plan accordingly! We often refer to our meat-free days as “Fish Friday” but you don’t have to eat fish on Fridays. You can just get creative with some delicious vegetarian dishes!
In honor of Lent, Three Bridges (a chef-crafted pasta, sauce, and meal brand that makes clean eating easy) are sharing some veggie-friendly meat-free pasta recipes that will keep things interesting during this Lenten season.
#1: ONE-POT FETTUCCINE WITH TOMATO AND BASIL
Start simple with this simple recipe for Fettuccine with Tomato and Basil that only requires some simple chopping and about 15 minutes of your time. This is a great option for those Friday nights when you are short on time!
#2: MAC AND CHEESE DONUTS
Macaronia and cheese doesn’t have to be boring! You can easily turn this family favorite into something interesting with this delicious recipe for Mac and Cheese Donuts! Your kids will love the fun donut shape and your hubby will ask for seconds once he tastes the delicious panko breadcrumb topping.
#3: TRIPLE CHEESE TORTELLINI MINESTRONE SOUP
Want to get dinner on the table in less than 40 minutes? This Triple Cheese Tortellini Minestrone Soup will please the whole family! Serve alongside a hearty, rustic loaf of bread and a side of pesto for dipping if you feel like getting fancy.
#4: TRIPLE CHEESE RAVIOLI CUPCAKES
I’m a huge fan of any recipe you can throw inside a cupcake tin. For some reason, if you call it a muffin or a cupcake, it doesn’t matter what’s inside, the kids will gobble it right up. Plus it makes reheating leftovers a breeze! This recipe for Triple Cheese Ravioli Cupcakes is perfect for lunch or dinner! Best of all, it’s easy to make this recipe festive too. Grab some shamrock cupcake liners to serve these little ravioli cupcakes for St. Patty’s Day!
#5: GNOCCHI WITH GORGONZOLA CREAM SAUCE
Gnocchi’s are a personal favorite of mine, and I’m a sucker for cream sauce, so this is one of my favorite recipes. You haven’t really lived till you’ve tried Parmesan Gnocchi with Sweet Potato & Gorgonzola Cream Sauce. This dish is seriously out of this world. While the fancy cheeses may be a bit strong for some kids, most of the family will absolutely love and devour this delectable dish. Believe me, you will wonder why you didn’t try this one sooner! It’s the best.
We interview chef Craig Schauffel from Valley Fine Foods to help give you a couple more recipe ideas!
Q: What the best way to prepare frozen fish like salmon and cod?
A: I like to take the fish and blend it with other flavorings. Several ideas is to make a salmon burger, cod cakes or even salmon meatballs. By taking the fish (defrosting the filet – boneless and skinless) then either coarse grinding them on a kitchen aid or hand dicing the meat into ¼” pieces. Then you can take that base and add in your desired flavor, Asian, Italian, or regional American flavors. How does a sesame salmon burger with Asian slaw sound? Cod Cakes with Dijon Tartar Sauce, Salmon Meatball Carbonara!
Q: What is your best recipe suggestion for making with canned tuna?
A: Vitello Tunnato is one of my absolute favorites. Also a good Tuna Puttanesca over Spinach Tagliatelle is equally satisfying.
Q: What is your favorite recipe for kids?
A: Homemade fish sticks. With Panko or with a tempura batter. Ketchup for dipping is a must!
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