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Recipes for Lent: 30 Meatless Meals

Updated March 12, 2018

It's hard to figure out ways to diversify your meals when you can't have meat for Lent. Suddenly, all of your favorite dishes get put on the back burner as you try to figure out how you can add some variety to dinnertime. Our latest recipe collection, Meatless Meals for Lent: Top 14 Recipes, gives you a few ideas, so you're not scrambling to figure out recipes each week. From dinner ideas to Lenten lunch recipes and more, we know you're gonna love the quick easy meatless meals we've cooked up. They're the perfect recipes for when you're holding out for that huge Easter dinner spread!

Lent Dinner Ideas

Finding dinner recipes that the whole family can agree on can be difficult. Toss in the fact that you are in search of meatless meal ideas during Lent and the task grows harder and harder. Lucky for you, we have scoured the Mr. Food recipe collection for some of our best Lenten dinner ideas. Look out below for some tasty and meat-free ideas. Looking for Friday fish recipes? Keep scrolling and check out the section below.

Linguine with Eggplant

It's not easy getting finicky eaters to dig into their veggies, but if we sneak 'em into our pasta, we have a better shot. Linguine with Eggplant is chock-full of fresh herbs, spices and veggies...so every forkful is packed with tasty nutrition.

Noodles Peas n Cheese

Our Noodles, Peas 'n' Cheese recipe will help you put dinner together with no fuss. After you've got your main dish set, you just have to mix your veggies and noodles together for this all-in-one easy side dish.

Lucky Cabbage and Noodles

Need a last-minute dish to serve tonight? Well, it must be your lucky day 'cause our recipe for Lucky Cabbage and Noodles is a real crowd-pleaser that comes together faster than you can do an Irish jig! Don't you just love it when luck is on your side?

Garden Quiche

You might want to take a peek into your garden for some of the ingredients needed for this Garden Quiche. It's made with a couple of fresh garden ingredients, like spinach and cherry tomatoes, which make this quiche perfect for a Mother's Day brunch or spring get-together.

Broccoli and Cheese Manicotti

Try our Broccoli and Cheese Manicotti tonight. It's a satisfying, homestyle baked Italian favorite that you'll find a cinch to make from scratch, especially when you use our fool-proof trick for filling the pasta shells!

No-Fuss Salmon Casserole

Hit the pantry instead of the high seas for the main ingredient in this easy salmon casserole that's so rich and thick it almost tastes like a hearty soup.

Garlic Tortellini

If you love garlic (and we do!), then here's a dish for you that's great either hot or cold. And the peppers add a super colorful crunch.

Pesto Linguine

Fresh basil is highlighted in pesto sauce, and there's no fresher sauce than this no-cook homemade pesto sauce that works well with fish, chicken and, especially, pasta!

Say goodbye to your pizza delivery guy, 'cause once you've tried this easy recipe for Roasted Vegetable Pizza, we have a feeling you won't be ordering in anymore! 

Overstuffed Grilled Veggie Hoagie

What do you do when you've got fresh veggies on hand, and a grill that's hot and ready? You make our Overstuffed Grilled Veggie Hoagie! Tender and caramelized veggies are the star in this zingy sandwich recipe.

Pierogi Lasagna

What's the surprise ingredient between our layers of lasagna noodles? Seasoned mashed potatoes! Our hearty Pierogi Lasagna, topped with zesty Cheddar cheese, is a must-have when you're looking for the best meatless meals for Lent.

If you consider yourself a lasagna lover, then these Lasagna Rollups are going to become a dinnertime favorite. If you're looking for one of our more unique meatless meals for Lent, then this one is it!

Baked Eggplant Parmigiana

Who says you have to choose between great taste and good health? With our recipe for Baked Eggplant Parmigiana, you can enjoy both! We're sure you'll find yourself making this Italian favorite even when you're not thinking about lightening up!

Fettuccine Alfredo

The nice thing about this fettuccine recipe is that, for flavor and ease, on a scale of 1 to 10, it rates a 10! Why, it's good enough to be served in the finest Italian restaurant.

Fish Recipes for Lent

If you're on the hunt for a fantastic fish dinner recipe idea for Lent, look no further than the tasty seafood recipes below. All of the fish dinner ideas below are perfect for Lent. From tasty catfish concoctions to simple salmon, these Lent Friday meals are ideal for families of all sizes.

Moms Tuna Noodle Casserole

There's something about a tuna casserole that always takes us back to our childhood. It was one of Mom's specialties, and boy did she make it look simple! Luckily, our easy tuna filled version of Mom's Tuna Noodle Casserole is so creamy and delicious, you'll want to make it again and again. Plus, just like Mom used to do with her perfect tuna mixture - we snuck in the peas!

Pan-Seared Catfish with Succotash

Lure your gang to the table with this all-in-one meal that starts with mild and mellow U.S. Farm-Raised catfish. Topped with a tempting corn and lima bean succotash, our Pan-Seared Catfish with Succotash will have you reeling in tasty rewards!

No-Fuss Salmon Casserole

Hit the pantry instead of the high seas for the main ingredient in this easy salmon casserole that's so rich and thick it almost tastes like a hearty soup. Our No-Fuss Salmon Casserole is sure to be a hit with everyone in your family!

Buttermilk Fish Fillets

If you've never used buttermilk in a batter, are you ever in for a treat. Our delicious crispy batter-fried Buttermilk Fish Fillets will win you loads of tasty compliments.

Potato Crusted Fish and Chips

Just wait'll you taste this crispy-crunchy recipe for potato-crusted fish and chips! Our shortcuts will have this British favorite on your table in no time.

Southern Fish and Chips

Southern Fish and Chips is our take on a traditional British favorite. We bread our catfish fillets in a kickin' seasoned mixture, and serve them with a side of sweet potato fries for a truly Southern eating experience.

Catfish Allison

Mr. Food and our TV production team went nuts over this recipe when they visited a restaurant in the Mississippi Delta, where we taped some shows. They thought it was one of the best fish recipes they ever had. Our Test Kitchen agrees ... And so will you!

Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon

If you want a great meal with less mess and fewer ingredients, our Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon is just the recipe! Put away the chicken and tell the gang you're grillin' fish tonight!

Lent Lunch Ideas

Finding lightened up and meatless lunch ideas during Lent can be difficult. If you're go-to is a simple lunch meat sandwich, it is hard to think of simple and creative alternatives for your mid-day meal. These Lenten lunch recipes and ideas are tasty, simple, and easy to make-ahead of time. Consider meal prepping the week of Lent by making salads or sandwich toppings you can re-heat when your lunchtime hunger hits.

Simple Fish Tacos

Crunchy coleslaw and a few south-of-the-border spices give these Simple Fish Tacos made with U.S. Farm-Raised catfish that extra kick we're sure you'll love. These crowd-pleasers are as welcome for entertaining as they are for a simple weeknight!

Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

There is no denying it, this is truly the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich. You see, when we made it, this dish disappeared so fast in our Test Kitchen it barely even had time to cool!

Country Club Fruit Salad

Turn your kitchen into the private dining room of a country club when you serve up this fresh fruit salad at your next get-together. Our recipe for Country Club Fruit Salad is dressed up in a lively yogurt sauce that makes this fruit salad all the better!

Spinach and Cheese Stromboli

Refrigerated pizza dough is our shortcut to making this tasty Spinach and Cheese Stromboli in less than 15 minutes. It's a quick and easy vegetarian stromboli recipe that's guaranteed to fill you up. Make this recipe for a hearty lunch or a speedy dinner when you're pinched for time. For even more filling vegetarian recipes, check out our full collection of 75+ Easy Vegetarian Recipes!

Fresh Tomato Flatbread

Tomato Flatbread is popular on restaurant menus, and now you can make it at home! The key to this tomato flatbread recipe is to start with really good tomatoes. And we recommend topping it with fresh slivered basil, too. This easy flatbread recipe makes the perfect appetizer for a group, or a simple vegetarian lunch. For even more filling vegetarian recipes, check out our list of 75+ Easy Vegetarian Recipes!

Mac and Cheese Quesadilla

We've come up with an easy way for you to eat macaroni and cheese - no utensils required! Macaroni and cheese is in the filling for this Mac and Cheese Quesadilla recipe. And since broccoli and cheese go so well together, you know we had to include that, too!

Portobello Steak Sandwich

This jumbo-sized vegetarian's dream Portobello "Steak" Sandwich starts with the hearty "beefed up" taste and texture of popular Portobello mushrooms. Whether you serve it on a weeknight, or for a special-occasion, they'll love this flavorful sandwich!

Mandarin Spinach Salad

We bet you've seen this salad at a restaurant before, but you've never tried making it at home. Well, now's your chance 'cause this Mandarin Spinach Salad is a green salad recipe that tastes better when it's homemade. We just love the fruity burst of flavor and simple spices.

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