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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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There's More To Lent Than Fish Fry

It is no secret we love our Lenten Fish Fry. (See the above photo of two of my children enjoying the first of the year on Ash Wednesday. ) Our favorite?  The fish fry from our parish, St. Boniface. Shoutout to Father Ross!  Unfortunately, since we moved to Dubois, it is not always feasible to get one on Fridays. After a quick search of the internet and my own personal archives, I compiled a few substitutions for our meatless Friday menu. 

The first is a new favorite...SHRIMP TACOS, and it is much easier than it seems. I actually purchased frozen shrimp already deveined and tail removed, and it was totally worth it. The slaw recipe is amazing too.

The second is one I am sure you have made yourself in some way. Baked ziti is a favorite here anytime, but because I make mine without meat, we enjoy it during Lent as well. I just boil some pasta, throw it into a baking dish, sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and grated parmesan cheese, because that is how my dad always did it, then stir in some cottage cheese. Yes. That is NOT how my dad did it, but honestly, we cannot tell the difference between that and ricotta cheese in this recipe. Shhhhh. Then I add some pasta sauce, basil, oregano, or whatever I have on hand and stir it up. I bake it until bubbly, then add shredded mozzarella cheese and bake until just melted. And there you have it. Dinner is served!

I'd love to hear any of your favorite meatless meals if you care to share!
Have a cozy day.



  1. I've been making meatless lasagna...with cottage cheese! You are so right, you cannot tell the difference between that and ricotta! (and I live with some picky Italian eaters : ) Also, breakfast for dinner here is big on Fridays during lent...I do scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, and fruit. Your fish tacos looks so good! I may make those just for myself! Xx

  2. Your baked ziti sounds delicious. I make something similar with lasagne and no meat, with lots of cheese. ; ) It looks like your kids are enjoying it all. Yes, Lent is here, and we just had our first fish and chips at a nearby eatery. So Yummy. Oh, your shrimp tacos look so good too.

    Have a wonderful rest of the week, Billie Jo. And I had to tell you that Saint Boniface is one of my beloved Saints.

  3. I love seeing what is on your menu and your table, Billie Jo. Everything always looks so good. Hope your Lent season is going well. As you know, I am not Catholic, but I decided to give up Facebook for Lent this year, and I am loving the peace of it! Enjoy the rest of your week.

  4. Love your spin on alternatives! We also love doing pancakes or crepes and fruit. Salad bar night with different fixings. Cheese quesadillas. Such a fun clever post - thanks for how you share dear Billie Jo ❤️

  5. So fun to share recipes here in blogland - great meatless ideas!Thanks for the share ♥

  6. I do a salmon or tuna loaf. Mix salmon or tuna (whichever you prefer), oats or crackers, chopped onion, 2 eggs and a little milk. Put in a loaf pan or casserole pan and bake at 325 for 1 hour. I serve it with mac n cheese, spinach and hot rolls with butter. It's so moist and tasty and healthy. Try it, I think your family will enjoy it.

  7. My husband, asked if my eldest gave up lima beans for lent again this year. She ran with all the Catholic kids in high school. The Catholics and the Mormons stuck together.

  8. I love to make omelettes with loads of veg and cheese, a go to Friday meal.

  9. I wish I could help you out here but Dan hates seafood - except he will eat tuna salad. So that's what he has for lunch on Friday's during lent. We used to do meatless pasta but he's been doing low carb for two years so now we just do a lot of eggs for dinner. He and I eat eggs and I make pancakes and hash browns for the kids.


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