Recipes

7 Magnificent Meat-Free Meals to Make During Lent

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 11:48 AM, March 4, 2016

Rachael Ray Show

Aired March 4, 2016

If you’re avoiding meat because it’s Lent, or for any other reason, you won’t miss the meat in these seven amazing recipes!

No. 1: Nachos Rellenos

This deliciously decadent, but not all that bad for you, recipe can be made in 30 minutes! Rach calls it a fakeout, because she lightens it up. She starts with charred poblano chile “boats” which she fills with refried beans, tortilla chips, pico de gallo and cheese, then bakes. She tops with sour cream, green onion and pickled sliced jalapenos and serves -- so easy and so delicious!

No. 2: Two Mushroom Bourguignon

This hearty and belly-warming dish is a meat-free alternative to beef bourguignon. Nothing but meat in lacking in this meal!

No. 3: Butternut and Black Bean Enchiladas

These super healthy enchiladas will be a hit with the whole family. Rach stuffs corn tortillas with a kale, black bean and roasted butternut squash filling, plus cheese and a red sauce, for a delicious and nutritious treat!

No. 4: Sicilian Lemon Spaghetti

For this simple but delectable dish, Rach infuses olive oil with crushed garlic and whisks it with lemon juice and zest, and red and black pepper, and tosses with spaghetti and arugula, then garnishes with pistachios, basil and Grana Padano cheese. Yum!

No. 5: Roasted Vegetable Stew One-Pot

This delicious veggie stew features an amazing ingredient – Rach’s secret weapon, garlic bread breadcrumbs! Yum!

No. 6: Anne Burrell's Whole Wheat Pappardelle with Roasted Butternut Squash, Broccoli Rabe and Pumpkin Seeds

This decadent dish is actually quite good for you! Anne Burrell starts with whole wheat pasta, which she tosses with broccoli rabe, butternut squash and Parmigiano Reggiano, in a garlic and red pepper sauce, and tops with toasted pepitas. Yum!

No. 7: Ultimate Falafel Patty Melts

If you’re craving a meat-free burger, try making this delicious falafel burger that Rach dreamed up!

What’s your favorite meat-free meal? Share below, and check out how easy it is to make Rach’s Chile Relleno fake out below!