Meal Planning Monday ~ Lenten Suppers

This week’s post is by Christine Luken.

We’re in the middle of Lenten season, which means either fish or meatless meals on Fridays until after Easter.  As awesome as the Friday Fish Fries are at local Catholic churches, they’re usually not great for your waistline.  To give you some healthy options and a little variety this Lenten season, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite seafood recipes and meatless dishes.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp ~ I love this recipe because it’s ready in minutes and tastes delicious.  The original recipe calls to pairing it with green beans, which – although healthy – isn’t very filling.  I serve black bean and corn salad with it, which is packed with fiber.  It’s also easy to make: In a bowl, combine a can of black beans (drained and rinsed) with a can of corn (drained).  Stir in 1 to 1 ½ cups of your salsa of choice.  And a few tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro (optional), and refrigerate for at least an hour to chill.  Stir before serving.

Salmon with Parmesan Mayo Topping and Garlic Roasted Asparagus ~ This salmon looks and tastes gourmet, but is shockingly simple to make.  The original recipe includes instructions for making your own mayo for the topping, but I just use a lower-fat olive oil based mayo from the store.  Just mix mayo and parmesan, spread it on the salmon, and sprinkle with paprika.  In 20 minutes, you’ve got a healthy, mouth-water fish dinner.  I’ll take fresh asparagus, toss it with minced garlic and a bit of olive oil, and roast it in a Pyrex baking dish in the oven with the salmon.

Tilapia or Swai Fillets ~ I like Swai fillets myself, but both are inexpensive, tasty, and easy to prepare.  I heat up a little bit of olive oil in a pan, season both sides of the fish with Mrs. Dash’s Lemon Pepper or Fiesta Lime seasoning, and pan fry it.  I’ll serve it with either rice or potatoes and a veggie in the steamer.

Easy, Cheesy Casserole ~ Meal Planning Monday guest blogger, Casey Lindberg-Coghill, did an entire post with meatless meals you’ll want to revisit!  One of my favorites is her Easy, Cheesy Casserole.  It’s filling and delicious, so you won’t even miss the meat.  I typically serve this with a side salad.

Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi ~ This oriental style fish recipe is great with some jasmine rice and stir fried veggies.  If you don’t have fresh ginger on hand, feel free to substitute ground ginger from your spice rack.

What are your favorite meatless meals for Lent?