20+ Light and Fresh Meatless Meals for Lent
During the Lenten season, observers abstain from eating meat on Fridays. We gathered some of our favorite vegetarian meals, along with a few fish main dishes, for families who eat seafood as well. Even if you're not observing Lent, we think you'll love these fresh spring recipes, which work well on any busy weeknight. Whether you're in the mood for a light appetizer or a hearty vegetable soup, there's truly something for everyone. These Lenten recipes will make refraining from meat easier than ever; in fact, you won't miss those beef tacos a bit. With meals like Salmon Croquettes, Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus, and Black Bean Chimichangas, you’ll look forward to Lent every year. Most of these recipes are more than easy enough for the beginner cook, but we’ve included a few challenges as well. Look over these delicious cuisines and pick a few to last until Easter Sunday.
Grilled Salmon Panzanella Salad
Recipe: Grilled Salmon Panzanella Salad
Made with just five ingredients and a couple of kitchen staples, this fresh Lent recipe is a fan-favorite.
Simple Salmon Croquettes
Recipe: Simple Salmon Croquettes
Lemon-Caper Cream take these Simple Salmon Croquettes to next-level delicious.
One-Pan Salmon With Roasted Cabbage and Olive Vinaigrette
Whip up this tasty recipe in one pan for an easier-than-ever clean up.
Honey-Soy-Glazed Salmon with Veggies and Oranges
Complete with irresistible citrus notes and on the table in less than 25 minutes, this salmon dinner is perfect for a weeknight Lent recipe.
Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing Recipe
Gorgeously textured, these salmon cakes have a crispy exterior with a warm and tender center.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus
Indulge in a creamy white sauce that doesn't come from a jar. This homemade Alfredo sauce takes minutes to whip up and pairs beautifully with in-season asparagus.
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad Recipe
Now that Florida strawberries are hitting grocery stores, make this delightful (and beautiful) main dish salad complete with almonds and oranges.
Vegetable Tortellini Soup
Recipe: Vegetable Tortellini Soup
Let this homey slow cooker soup simmer while you're at work and come home to a comforting bowl of tender vegetables and tortellini in a rich broth.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta
Never heard of a pastatta? That's because we invented it! The whole family will love this comforting, hearty casserole that's a cross between a baked pasta and a frittata.
Recipe: Almond-Crusted Tilapia
Almonds make a flavorful coating for mild tilapia filets. Serve with your favorite green salad, or with a side of grits or couscous.
Black Bean Chimichangas
Recipe: Black Bean Chimichangas
This Mexican-style delight is meat-free and on the table in less than 20 minutes.
Recipe: Tomato-Herb Frittata
Though it's often served for breakfast or brunch, we like our frittatas for dinner with a leafy green side salad.
Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
Let your slow-cooker do the work. This veggie-packed chili is hearty, delicious, and oh-so satisfying.
Creamy Grits Mexi-Casserole
Recipe: Creamy Grits Mexi-Casserole
Breakfast for dinner has never looked so good. This flavorful casserole is easy enough for even the most inexperienced cook to master.
Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding
Breakfast doesn't have to be boring. In fact, it's our favorite meal of the day when this indulgent bread pudding is on the table.
Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Recipe: Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Mac-and-cheese in pie form? Yes, please!
Squash and Green Chile Casserole
Recipe: Squash and Green Chile Casserole
Green chiles give this squash casserole the perfect kick. Make it ahead for a stress free Lent season.
Spinach-and-Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding
Trick your kids into eating their veggies with this mouthwatering breakfast recipe.
Root Vegetable Fritters
Recipe: Root Vegetable Fritters
Don't swear off appetizers just because it's Lent season. Give these Root Vegetable Fritters a try; you won't be disappointed.
Sweet Potato Cobbler
Recipe: Sweet Potato Cobbler
It's no secret Southerners love their cobbler. But this sweet potato variety is in a league of its own.
Easy Catfish Tacos Recipe with Slaw
Complete with Cajun seasoning and several fresh herbs, these catfish tacos are light, tender, and bursting with zesty flavor.