School Lunch: Lent Edition

With the Lenten season here, so too comes the seven meatless Fridays that we endure, as we embark on this 40 day journey to Easter Sunday.

Now, I could get into to whole “why there is no meat on Fridays”, but this isn’t that serious. So I’ll save that blog for another day.

I went to catholic school from pre-K through 12th grade, and every Friday leading up to Easter, including Ash Wednesday, we were/still are unable to have meat in our school lunches. This meant no burgers, no chicken sandwiches, no tacos… In essence, nothing that was would make lunch truly worth eating.

BUT, and this is a major but, not all Fridays were a lost cause. There were still things you could eat that salvaged your midday meal. Here’s the top 5 best Friday lunches during Lent:

Cheese Pizza

Did it have to have pepperoni on it? No, but you still ate it because well, it was pizza, and what kid doesn’t like pizza? My point exactly.

Bosco Sticks

Now, this should be in the number one spot, but I was not introduced to this lunch until I got to high school. Just a breadstick filled with cheese, this was easily one of the best lunches all existence. Served with marinara sauce for dipping, it was the perfect midday food that could put you to sleep for the remaining three hours of the day.


Easy to make, and the best thing you’ll put in your mouth. *winky face emoji* Two slices of bread lathered with smooth peanut butter, and some strawberry jelly… mmmm so good. This american classic was served when your mother ran out of tuna fish and hard boiled eggs for sandwiches. This is the OG sandwich from your childhood. The pick me up after you bombed your spelling test.

Mom’s tuna sandwich

Another staple to your meatless Friday lunch. Soft wheat bread, a couple leaves of iceberg lettuce for some crunch, and mom’s proprietary tuna mix…. Throw in a bag of ruffles and some Scooby-Doo fruit snacks, and you had yourself quite the meal.

*stomach growls* Please excuse me while I call my mother…

Bean burrito

Not the best thing in the world, but it was food and you were starving so you ate it. It was always boiling lava hot in the middle and gave you third degree burns on the roof of your mouth because it had literally just come out of the oven.

In all there were plenty of things to get you through the day, but these were the ones that made those meatless Fridays just a tad bit more bearable.

If any that meal you loved went unmentioned, please let me know in the comments.

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