Purgatory During Lent

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of eating pizza, tuna sandwiches, peanut butter & jelly and grilled cheese on Fridays during Lent – what else is there to eat?

Keep reading to get out of Food Purgatory!

As a parent, it’s hard to find things the kids will eat during Lent. Fish sticks are always an option, but check out some of the ideas below and try a few.

This is the perfect time to empty out our pantries and freezers and use the ingredients to make soups and stews. One annual Italian tradition is called Le Virtu. Each year, the virtuous girls (virgins) of the village are charged with making this special soup out of leftover winter supplies, such as dried beans, vegetables, canned ingredients, etc…

Pasta sauces: Alfredo, aglio and olio (garlic and olive oil), crab gravy, marinara and puttanesca are a great change from the mundane. Risottos are also great, either traditional or incorporate with mushrooms and veggies.


Soups are always a favorite in our house; Lentil, Minestrone, Leek and Potato, Cream of Broccoli or Asparagus

How about just vegetable dishes: Giambotte (Italian Ratatouille), vegetable lasagna, vegetable/tofu stir fry?

And of course there is always fish and shellfish! There are so many ways to prepare it: grilled, blackened, broiled, or fried. And there is such a variety including: flounder, shrimp, salmon, tuna, clams, oysters, crabs, lobster, mussels and sea bass. If you can’t make up your mind, you can always cook all of them in a classic Cioppino (Italian Fish Soup).


Here are some more of my own meatless recipes, just for you!  Enjoy! I am sure I am not the only person out there bored with the foods for Lenten Fridays – I’d love to hear about your favorites from childhood and the present, leave me a comment below or drop me a line right here!


Cajun Shrimp Tacos

A new twist on shrimp tacos with cajun spice and sweet pineapple.  A super quick meal with huge flavor!



Eggplant Caponatina

Wonderful recipe from Italy during my Taste of Italy Tour from private cooking lessons with Chef Angelo Siciliano, Nettuno Ristorante da Siciliano,

Interested in indulging your taste buds abroad?

Look no further than my upcoming tour A Taste of France, Spring 2018!




Garlic and Lime Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Need to sink you teeth into something?  These Portobello Mushrooms are easy to make and are sure to satisfy every carnivore.



Pasta with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Look no further for luscious creamy comfort.  Rich and decadent with walnuts and nutmeg.



Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

You really can’t beat beets.

Roast them to bring out their earthy sweetness, and knock out a lingering winter cold with this immune boosting salad!


Need to stock up on fresh ingredients to get you through Lent?

Join me on my Italian Market Tour and let me guide you to the best produce at the most amazing prices!


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Good Luck and God Bless,