28 Healthy Lent-Friendly Recipes for Weight Loss



The 46 days leading up to Easter Sunday are called Lent, and those who observe Lent typically fast from eating meat on Fridays during this time, as well as on the first day of the season, called Ash Wednesday. This means land animals are not eaten at all—so no chicken, beef, steak, pork, etc. Fish Frys are popular Lent recipes, as fish and seafood are okay to eat.

We’ve rounded up 28 meatless recipes that are perfect for all meals on Fridays during Lent—so much so that you won’t even remember that you’re fasting!

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Start off a Lenten Friday morning with these scrambled eggs that don’t lack any flavor thanks to the additions of asparagus and creamy goat cheese. You won’t even miss the bacon!

Get our recipe for Scrambled Eggs With Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese.

overnight cinnamon roll oats in open glass mason jar with blueberries on wooden tabletop with spoon
Jason Donnelly

If mornings are usually filled with savory foods, take one Friday breakfast to explore some sweet ones with overnight oat recipes like this that can also easily be taken on the road to school or work.

Get our recipe for Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats.

Black bean omelet
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another breakfast staple without any meat, this omelet is still hearty and filling—perfect for a full day of work or school before the weekend.

Get our recipe for Vegetarian Black Bean Omelet.

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Gluten-free yogurt with pineapple kiwi mango and ginger syrup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Treat yourself after a long week and a day of fasting from meat with this sweet and flavorful dessert.

Get our recipe for Greek Yogurt With Pineapple, Kiwi, Mango, and Ginger Syrup.

Low-calorie grilled banana split
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Want to fire up the grill one Friday night during Lent? Make Friday’s dessert festive with these banana splits!

Get our recipe for Grilled Banana Split.

Healthy mac and cheese
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This dish is perfect for lunch or dinner and can be customized with additions like veggies, avocado and more. No meat necessary!

Get our recipe for Mac and Cheese.

Healthy red pepper alfredo
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

You won’t even miss the lack of meat in this pasta, as it’s filling and full of flavor. Variations of pasta with cream sauce work well as Lent recipes because they are delicious and filling, but don’t require meat.

Get our recipe for Buttery Red Pepper Fettuccine Alfredo.

Vegetarian artichoke dip
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This appetizer is a meatless favorite that is hassle-free and will delight everyone, even on a Friday before a Fish Fry.

Get our recipe for Spinach Artichoke Dip.

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Pasta is a great meal to have on Fridays during Lent because of its versatility. Make a large batch of this vegetarian ravioli so you can have some leftovers for the rest of the weekend.

Get our recipe for Butternut Squash Ravioli With Sage Brown Butter.

vegan sausage sheet pan
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Switch out regular sausage for the vegan alternative for this sheet pan dinner! Perfect for picky kids (or adults) and anyone who may miss the meat.

Get our recipe for Sheet-Pan Vegan Sausage and Vegetables.

Asian tuna burgers with wasabi mayo
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Indulge in this fish on a Friday by grilling up the patties and serving with a warm toasted bun. For other Lent recipes to make, grill up any kind of fish burger you want (salmon burger) and serve on a bun or on a bed of lettuce.

Get our recipe for Tuna Burger With Wasabi Mayo.

Paleo seared tuna tacos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Tuna is a great meat alternative, and these tacos won’t disappoint. Pickled onions, lime, and chipotle pepper add tangy layers with a kick.

Get our recipe for Spicy Tuna and Avocado Fish Taco.

Paleo crab cakes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you’re not a fish fan, crab is a great option for a Lenten Friday. This Lent recipe is easy and brings out all the crab flavors, especially when paired with mango avocado salsa.

Get our recipe for Baked Crab Cakes With Mango-Avocado Salsa.

Vegetarian fried rice with a fried egg
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Add in as many vegetables as you’d like to this fried rice and you won’t even notice that there’s no meat!

Get our recipe for Vegetable Fried Rice.

Vegetarian grilled cheese and tomato soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This dish is an ultimate warming and meatless comfort food, especially when Lent falls earlier in the year and it’s still cold.

Get our recipe for Classic Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup.

Tartar sauce with fish sticks and lemon wedges on a plate
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Don’t feel like dealing with the mess from frying fish? Bake some fish sticks for an easier dinner instead! Or make your own baked fish and chips at home. Serve with homemade tartar sauce.

Get our recipe for Baked Fish and Chips.

Healthy butternut squash soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Instead of a chicken noodle soup, prepare this butternut squash option that pairs well with a meatless salad and bread.

Get our recipe for Butternut Squash Soup.

Low-calorie shrimp and grits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Spice up a Lenten Friday meal with this seafood favorite. Just make sure to skip the turkey kielbasa to keep this a meatless Lent recipe.

Get our recipe for Southern-Style Shrimp and Grits.

Grilled mahi mahi with salsa verde
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Mahi-Mahi is another great option if you want to use the grill that takes less than 10 minutes to cook. Serve this Lent recipe with an Italian-inspired salsa verde.

Get our recipe for Grilled Mahi-Mahi With Salsa Verde.

keto butter baked salmon with asparagus on the side horizontal
Courtesy of Waterbury Publications

Salmon’s versatility is hard to mess up, and this recipe is perfect for a Friday—especially if you’re following the keto diet.

Get our recipe for Butter-Baked Salmon and Asparagus.

keto arugula grapefruit salad
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Don’t forget to go meatless with the sides on Fridays during Lent! This salad recipe has you covered and is insanely fresh. This recipe doesn’t call for bacon, so you can simply skip the bacon crumbles and add this to your list of Lent recipes to make on Fridays this spring.

Get our recipe for Arugula and Grapefruit Salad With Dill Ranch Dressing.

Vegetarian green bean casserole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

While this side is normally featured for Thanksgiving with turkey, it is perfect for Lent because it is filling without incorporating any meat.

Get our recipe for Green Bean Casserole.

Healthy avocado-crab salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Adding seafood to a salad has never been easier and more delicious! This one packs in spicy, creamy, and fresh flavors.

Get our recipe for Avocado-Crab Salad.

Paleo blackened fish sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Our fish sandwich replaces ground beef with fresh tilapia fillets, frying with blackening, and tartar sauce with creamy avocado and crunchy cabbage.

Get our recipe for Blackened Fish Sandwich With Avocado and Cabbage.

Healthy portobello cheesesteak
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Seafood is definitely an option instead of meat for Lent recipes, but so are mushrooms! Thanks to their texture, these fungi can easily take the place of beef in this recipe.

Get our recipe for Mushroom Cheesesteak.

Caprese sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Instead of swapping pepperoni pizza for cheese on a Lenten Friday, go with this sandwich that still has melty mozzarella and juicy tomato, plus basil, and balsamic vinegar.

Get our recipe for Caprese Sandwich.

Crock pot vegetarian chili recipe with cheese and cornbread for the table
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Set this chili to cook on a Thursday to heat up on Friday! Or simply cook it in the Crock-Pot while you’re at work for a delicious meatless dinner.

Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Vegetarian Chili.

Chipotle shrimp quesadilla
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This quesadilla is still spicy, cheesy and crunchy—but without the chicken or beef typically found in them. Don’t forget the rice and beans to round out your meal!

Get our recipe for Crispy Chipotle Shrimp Quesadillas.

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