41 Meatless Meals for Lent

As Catholics, we observe the tradition of eating meatless meals on Fridays during Lent.

When I was growing up we would go to my grandparent’s house for dinner every Friday night during Lent.  We would order cheese pizza or my grandfather would make macaroni and cheese from a box.  I don’t know what he did differently, but his macaroni and cheese was better than everyone else’s.  I couldn’t get enough of it.

My palate has changed and I don’t eat the mac and cheese from a box anymore.  Cheese pizza gets boring fast.  I have a few meatless recipes that I usually rely on, but I’m always looking for new recipe ideas.

Lent starts next week on Ash Wednesday and I’ve compiled a list of 41 meatless meals for Lent that I want to share with you.  This list is extensive enough that you could continue to eat meatless meals every Friday for the remainder of the year if you wanted to.  (This is a great way to trim your grocery budget!!)

meatless meals for lent


I’ve included pasta recipes, seafood, soups, quick meals and many Mexican dishes.  You’re sure to find something to suit your family’s tastes.

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Haystacks~My Way

Moroccan Chickpea Soup

Vegetable Lasagna


Sweet Potato and Corn Fritters

Salmon Burgers

Easy Caprese Calzones

Tuna Patties


Creamy Potato Soup

Buttered Cod in Skillet

Lentil Soup



Thai Buddha Bowl

The Very Best Crab Cakes

20 Minute Vegetable Lo Mein

Vegetable Fritters

homemade mac n cheese

Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese

15 Minute Tomato Tortellini Soup

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Swiss Melts


Butternut Squash Chili

One Pot Cheesy Mexican Lentils, Black Beans and Rice

Spicy Black Bean Nachos

Penne with Vodka Sauce


Black Bean Soup with Lime Salsa

Vegan French Dip Sandwiches

Baked Ravioli

Sweet potato soup with lentils

Sweet Potato Soup with Lentils

Blackened Fish Tacos

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Grilled Portabella Mushroom Burgers


Cheesy Courgette Frittata Muffins

Minestrone Soup

Stuffed Shells


Bean and Cheese Tacos

Ricotta and Spinach Calzone

Creamy Parmesan Muchroom Risotto (skip the chicken breast served along with the risotto)

Vegan Pinto Bean Tacos


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Mexican Style Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Easy Salmon and Potato Foil Packets


Taco Soup

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Roasted Red Pepper & Portabella Mushroom Quesadillas

I hope you enjoy these 41 Meatless Meals for Lent!

What’s your family’s favorite meatless meals for Lent?  I’d love for you to share your recipe in the comments below.

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  1. Susan says:

    Thank you for compiling such delicious vegetarian recipes for lent! I’m sure we’ll try quite a few of these!
    And thank you for including our Portabella Burgers… hope you love them!

  2. Mary Jo Finkenstaedt says:

    Wow! I wish I would have found your blog earlier! I love these beautiful, enticing meatless meals! Thanks for sharing your treasure!

  3. Mary Jo Finkenstaedt says:

    You should try Trappistine Chocolates for dessert! (OK – wait until Easter if you’ve given up candy for Lent!) The sisters make some amazing Chocolate Bunnies! And lots of other great, preservative-free candies for the Easter Bunny! : )

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