Birthday Party Menu and Food for Lent Season

Lenten season is upon us. As Roman Catholics abstain from eating red meat every Friday and the entire Holy Week, it is definitely hard to think about the food for birthday parties that fall within the season. Even if your family is not Catholic, friends of your kids might be. And so, it is best to serve birthday food that are suitable Lent menus. Good thing Stellaire, a trusted and affordable catering service in Cavite, has an idea on what food you can serve. Here are some birthday menu and food for Lent season!

Seafood Dishes

The best alternative to the red meat dishes are seafood dishes. And we are just not talking about the usual fried or grilled fish. There are a lot of seafood dishes out there that will work perfectly well in a birthday menu. Check out these seafood dishes that are suitable for birthday Lent menus.

Relyenong Bangus

Relyenong bangus or stuffed milkfish is a great dish you can serve on a birthday party. Though it involves a challenging process of preparation and cooking, people will surely love it. Best of all, kids will not have trouble eating it as the fishbones will be removed, and they will only be eating the milkfish meat, peas, carrots, and raisins. Here is a recipe from Kawaling Pinoy.

Sinigang na Hipon

What kind of Filipino does not love sinigang? It is one of the most popular and well-loved Filipino dish there is. So, if you are up for a comfort food and a delicious stew infused with tamarind, then sinigang na hipon is an excelLent meatless choice. The sweetness of the shrimp, the crunch of radish and kangkong, plus the sour stew, will make this a great food for Lent. Check out this sinigang na hapon recipe from Panlasang Pinoy.

Garlic Butter Shrimp

Another awesome shrimp dish is the Garlic Butter Shrimp. If the other shrimp dish is not to your liking, then maybe you would like a simple shrimp dish smothered in rich butter garlic sauce. This Lent fast food is easy to cook and will surely be a hit to the guests of your kid’s birthday party. Here is a recipe from Panlasang Pinoy.

Inihaw na Pusit

From a well-loved seafood dish comes another seafood dish that will truly make your mouth water. Inihaw na pusit or grilled squid is popular among Filipino masses. If cooked right, then the soft and sweet squid meat will go perfectly well with rice and soy sauce dip. You can even add a twist to the dish and stuff the squid with tomatoes and onions! Check out this recipe from Choose Philippines.

Ginataang Tilapia

Ginataang tilapia (fish cooked in coconut milk) is a famous comfort dish for Filipinos as the savory coconut milk adds appeal to the humble tilapia. This kind of dish goes very well with steamed rice. See this recipe from Yummy PH.

Vegetable Dishes

If you truly want dishes without any meat, then you can opt for vegetable dishes. These dishes are healthy and can still suit the occasion. Check out these vegetable dishes you can serve as birthday party food for Lent.

Lumpiang Sariwa

Lumpiang sariwa or fresh lumpia is a healthy and delicious food for Lent. Fresh vegetables are wrapped in soft spring roll wrapper and then drenched in peanut sauce. Though some recipes include meat, you can definitely opt for the version without it. Here is a recipe from Panlasang Pinoy.


Munggo or mungo bean stew is a hearty Filipino vegan dish. Packed with proteins, this dish is incredibly tasty and is definitely a perfect dish anytime this Lenten season. Check out this recipe from Astig Vegan.


Pinakbet is a classic Ilocano dish. It is healthy and delicious as it has mixed vegetables and bagnet (deep-fried pork belly). However, you can also make it without the pork belly, and it will still be a flavorful dish perfect for a birthday party at lunchtime. See this vegetarian Pinakbet recipe from Yummy PH.

Guisadong Ampalaya

Guisadong ampalaya or sautéed bitter melon is definitely a Filipino favorite, and one of the healthiest dishes out there. This Lenten season, this vegetable dish will surely be appearing in many tables. This dish can also be served in your kid’s birthday for sure. Check out this recipe from Panlasang Pinoy.


Chopseuy is a famous dish enjoyed widely by Filipinos. It can be cooked with chicken or pork, but to turn it into a food for Lent, you can just stick with mixed vegetables and the quail eggs. The savory sauce and different vegetables go well with steamed rice. Here is a recipe from Kawaling Pinoy with tofu and shitake mushrooms.

Snacks, Rice Dishes, Noodles, Desserts

And of course, apart from entrees you should also serve other food like snacks, desserts, rice dishes, and noodles. Here are some that could fit into your kid’s birthday party.

Tuna Carbonara

Who says you cannot serve pasta carbonara this Lenten season? You and your kid’s birthday guests can still enjoy the creamy and savory taste of carbonara. But instead of mixing bacon, ham, or spam, use tuna instead. Tuna carbonara will definitely be a good addition to the birthday menu. Check out this easy recipe from Everyday Me PH.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Burgers are favorite when it comes to birthdays but since you are trying to achieve a meatless menu, you can swap beef burgers for grilled cheese sandwiches. This one will surely be a hit to the kids. Take a look at this recipe from All Recipes.


This sweet, sticky rice is favorite among Filipinos, especially in the provinces. This rice treat can add variety to your kid’s birthday party indeed. Check out this biko recipe from Yummy PH.

Pancit Canton Guisado

Pancit Canton Guisado, whether made with pork or not is a delicious noodle dish. This can be perfect for a birthday party done in the afternoon, and is definitely a preferable food for Lent. Here is a vegetarian recipe from Panlasang Pinoy.


Turon can be the prefect dessert to end your kid’s birthday party. The soft and sweet banana and jackfruit inside, plus the crunch outside make a truly yummy Filipino treat. Here is a recipe from Kawaling Pinoy.

Coming up with meatless dishes to serve on your kid’s birthday within the Lenten season is easy when you keep these things in mind. You can also call in a trusted catering service that offers affordable kiddie party packages that will help you in planning your kid’s birthday. If you plan everything carefully, then surely your kid along with the guests will have a great time.

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