Starting to find it difficult to come up with a meatless meal each Friday during Lent?

During Lent, many Christians use prayer, penance, fasting and good works to prepare for the celebration of Easter, which this year is on April 5. In south Louisiana, with its abundance of fresh seafood, abstinence from meat on Fridays isn’t as much of a hardship as it might be in landlocked areas of the country. But, trying to find a recipe that everyone in the family will like isn’t always easy.

For simple, inexpensive, ethnic meals, check out recipes from the Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl Lenten program. Celebrating its 40th year, the program is for those who want to put their faith into action by helping those in need around the world. One of the recipes being promoted this Lenten season is Gallo Pinto, a national beans and rice dish in many Latin American countries.

Dishes which can be served as a side dish or a protein-packed main meal, like Warm Quinoa Edamame Spinach Salad, are always good choices. Its quinoa-edamame mixture can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to two days. The salad may be served cold, at room temperature or reheated.

Great breakfast dishes also work as good choices for supper, such as a strata, which is like a cross between French toast and a baked casserole. Allow enough time for letting Strata With Mixed Greens and Mushrooms soak in the refrigerator.

Louisiana’s crawfish season begins just in time for Lent and Easter, and New Orleans’ Café Adelaide team has come up with a chef-approved grilled cheese that crawfish fans will love. The dish has previously been served on the restaurant’s specials menu and will be introduced to its regular menu soon. But, you don’t have to wait to try it. The restaurant has shared the recipe.

Chef Tenney Flynn of GW Fins in New Orleans suggests serving Parmesan-crusted drum while Irish chef Catherine Fulvio offers a warm salad with smoked salmon.