With the season of Lent upon us, many observe Lent and part of it is to eat meatless dishes every Friday, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday during Lent. There are so many options to eat on those Fridays (or even during the week) that are delicious AND meatless. You don’t have to get stuck with the Filet O’ Fish at McDonald’s!
Since Lent has begun, I wanted to post some yummy meatless meal options that we are adding to our dinner rotation or even some we regularly make! Lentils are a great option because they are pretty cheap and all of the ingredients on my recipe are cheap as well. We are all about saving money when we cook at home, while still having a savory dish.
You can make this in your slow cooker, Instant Pot, or on your stove top in a large pot. I used my 4 quart slow cooker for this recipe, but I wouldn’t go any smaller because the lentils expand and you wouldn’t want it to overflow. Whichever way you prefer to make this, you will need something that is 4 quarts or larger. If you make this in your slow cooker, you’ll need a skillet to cook up the onions, carrots, celery and garlic before transferring to your slow cooker.
This made a large amount of soup, plenty for me, my husband and leftovers for the next couple days. If you serve this on top of a bed of white rice, the servings can stretch even farther. My husband has had lentil stew served on top of white rice before and he said that it was really good. I made ours with homemade bread from my bread machine and it was perfect.
So for all of our friends and family who are observing Lent, I hope this recipe can make it into your meatless Friday rotation! Check out pics below and the recipe too 😋