{Lenten Recipes}

I thought I'd share some of my go-to lenten recipes that we make around here. I think these are our go to meals because A.) they are kid approved and your taste buds will thank you. B.) Each recipe has a nostalgic, feel good memory tied to it. First up is a creamy tomato tortellini soup. This soup served with french bread is a killer combo. I remember a friend making this soup for me shortly after Sophia was born. I remember feeling reallllly tired that day and reallllly thankful I didn't have to cook as we adjusted to life as a family of four. Tomato soup and grilled cheese is a favorite of mine, or at least it was until this tomato soup came into my life. When making this meal it takes me back to a tiny Sophia and a feeling of gratitude for good friends that want to take care of you in a time of need.

Creamy Tortellini: (recipe from tasteofhome.com)

    • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
    • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) reduced-sodium condensed tomato soup, undiluted
    • 2 cups vegetable broth
    • 2 cups 2% milk
    • 2 cups half-and-half cream
    • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    • Additional shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
  • Directions:
    1. Cook tortellini according to package directions.
    2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the soup, broth, milk, cream, tomatoes and seasonings. Heat through, stirring frequently. Drain tortellini; carefully add to soup. Stir in cheese. Sprinkle each serving with additional cheese if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Next up is my mom's salmon patties. I'm pretty sure the recipe is right on the can of salmon but I'll share anyway. I remember eating this as a kid. Of course back then they were smothered in ketchup...well, who am I kidding? I still smother stuff in ketchup. But I just remember it being one of my favorite meals and I can see why my mom made it as well. It's super easy and takes no time at all.

Salmon patties: (recipe from simplyrecipes.com)

  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can salmon, undrained and flaked
  • 1 slice of bread, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp chopped green onion, including the green parts
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped dill weed, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 3 Tbsp minced green bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Several turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
Directions:
 In a large bowl, gently mix together the salmon, bread, green onion, garlic, dill, bell pepper, flour, egg, paprika, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Form into 8 patties; each about 1/2 inch thick. Put a little olive oil in a frying pan, cook the patties until golden brown . (3-4 minutes on each side.)
The last dish reminds me of Lent when Matt and I were dating! This recipe, well, not sure if I could necessarily recommend it. We more or less make it because it brings back memories of the dating days and Matt and I will eat just about anything! However, I'll share anyway. But don't say I didn't warn you...this is a weird recipe but again, it's super quick to make. The kids kind of liked it, but I think it's really good! It's a little messy so you'll need about 50 napkins and 100 if your kids are eating it!
Tuna melts: 
  • 2 cans of tuna (drain)
  • Mix together 1/2 cup of miracle whip, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (mix in a bowl)
  • Toasted bread.
  • Sliced cheese
  • Directions:
  • After dressing is mixed well, dump the tuna right in with it.
  • Put the mixture on the toast (or you can grill the sandwhich as well) top it off with a slice of your favorite cheese and you are good to go!

Sidenote:We also serve this with a side of fries...it goes great with it!