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5 Easy Good Friday Dinners Even a Meat Lover Would Eat

by Adriana Velez on April 5, 2012 at 7:23 PM

frittataHappy almost-Good Friday! For observant Catholics, this isn't so much a holiday as a holy day, a day of sober observance. The Easter feast is still a few days away and it's time to slow down and have a simple, meatless meal. That doesn't mean it can't still be delicious, though. We've rounded up some tasty Good Friday recipes to feed your body and soul.

Tuna Noodle Casserole: I see it again and again. Somehow, for many people, it's just that perfect combination of fish, fun, and nostalgia. Here's a classic tuna noodle casserole recipe. And here's an update of the classic using hearts of palm and capers.

Fish Stew or Soup: A simple clam chowder would hit the spot, especially if it's a little chilly where you are. Or there's Rachael Ray's Cod-and-Shrimp Stoup with Salt-and-Vinegar Mashed Potatoes.

Eggs! Good Friday for many people isn't just about going meatless -- it's going without fish as well. Eggs are a great option, like fried eggs with spring vegetables (skip the oyster sauce if you think it's weird). Or this chickpea frittata -- swap in any other veggies you like.

Gumbo Z'herbes: This is a traditional Good Friday grub in Louisiana. It's not exactly simple, but it looks tasty. "Gumbo" makes it sound like it's gong to be a lavish seafood dish, but it's actually a spicy smothered greens dish. Check out this Gumbo Z'herbes recipe from Chow.

Want more? Check out these vegetarian Good Friday recipes from our sister site, Mamas Latinas!

What do you like to eat on Good Friday?


Image via Girl Interrupted Eating/Flickr

Filed Under: dinner, easter, vegetarian


  • Gertie
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    April 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM
    Gumbo is divine.
  • Steph...
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    April 7, 2012 at 4:43 PM
    This list is for Pescetarians. Vegetarians don't eat fish, because they too were alive at one point.
  • GlowW...


    April 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I love tuna noodle casserole! Except when people put peas in it. My mother used to make it both ways, and I always wanted to ask her why she would want to ruin a perfectly good tuna casserole with peas. :P

  • Kayla...


    April 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM
    These ideas look good. We don't observe good friday
  • slw123


    April 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    These ideas look pretty good for any night.

  • elasmimi


    April 17, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    grilled tilapia

  • MamaM...


    April 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM
    Thanks for the suggestions!
  • aneela


    May 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    all great dig that veggie gumbo thing

  • mommy...


    May 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM
    LOL it's usually fish sticks
  • coppe...


    May 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Crab cakes and hot cross buns :)

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