Lent Recipes + Other Meatless Meal Ideas

POSTED February 15, 2018

No Meat on Fridays? No Problem!

Lent season is upon us! Whether you’re looking for ways to celebrate the season or just recipes to diversify your fish and seafood dinners, this recipe roundup is sure to inspire some kitchen creations.

What is Lent?

In Italy, Lent is a time of reflection and self-sacrifice. For the 40 days leading up to Easter (just after the indulgent festivities of Carnevale), many choose to abstain from meat; some observe meat abstinence during Fridays only. Along with meat, many choose to “fast”—not starve, but rather give up a particular food of enjoyment. Many will choose to “give up” sweets like chocolate, cheese or other indulgent foods. All of this is to show solidarity with those less fortunate. Along with food choices, Lent is also known to inspire positive changes, generosity and volunteer work.

This tradition has been carried on in the U.S. with fish fry Fridays and seafood specials. This mindful season of self-sacrifice has inspired many kitchen creations as a way to diversify meatless meals. One can only do so many fried fish sandwiches, it seems!

Check out some of our favorite fish and seafood recipes for the season!

Recipe: Fettuccine with Citrus and Shrimp
Recipe: Halibut with Olive Bruschetta
Four Bowls of Lobster mac and cheese
Recipe: Lobster Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Bucatini Seafood Pasta
Recipe: Creamy Shrimp Risotto with Mascarpone
Recipe: Baked Salmon with Balsamic Brown Butter
Recipe: Pasta with Tuna Sauce
Recipe: Italian Black Rice and Seafood Salad
Recipe: Slow-Roasted Cod with Piquillo Peppers, Artichokes and Olives
Recipe: Crunchy Vegetable Whole Wheat Pasta Salad
Recipe: Vegetarian Bolognese
Recipe: Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Need some more inspiration? Check our gallery of recipes!