45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season
These easy Lent recipes will help you observe the 40 days of the Lenten season between Ash Wednesday and Easter. These 45 Lent recipes are delicious, healthy, and will keep you satisfied until Easter.
From seafood pasta, soups, and stews to meatless and vegetarian options, we’ve gathered the most delicious Lent recipes we could find.
What is Lent?
Lent is a period of 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. It is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter.
By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.
Why Does Lent Last for 40 Days?
The number 40 is significant in biblical scripture:
- In Genesis, the flood which destroyed the earth was brought about by 40 days and nights of rain.
- The Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching the land promised to them by God.
- Moses fasted for 40 days before receiving the ten commandments on Mount Sinai.
- Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry.
What to Eat During Lent
On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics often fast. Or they alter the way they eat, giving up foods they enjoy, like snacking and sweets.
Some will fast a meal or two a day.
On Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all Fridays during Lent, many will abstain from eating meat like lamb, chicken, beef, pork, and ham. They replace it with eggs, milk, fish, grains, fruits, vegetables and fish.
For more seafood recipes, we have 20 Easy Fish Recipes for Lent you might also enjoy reading.
The following 45 easy Lent recipes and ideas are delicious and healthy meal ideas we love.
“This easy Fish Florentine recipe, made with a pan-seared firm white fish served on a creamy bed of spinach feels like something you would order out in a fancy restaurant!”
Lentil Salad with Arugula and Feta
“This lentil salad with arugula and feta cheese makes a great lunch or light dinner! Toss with a sherry vinaigrette, red onions, dried currants, and chopped cilantro.”
Puff Pastry Baked Eggs
“Whole eggs baked in puff pastry make for an easy and delicious breakfast. Topped with Italian-seasoned vegetables and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese, this dish is prepped – and baked – on one single sheet pan.”
“I mean, tell me this isn’t the most gorgeous Seafood Paella you’ve ever seen. And guess what – it’s crazy easy to make! Plus it feeds a crowd!”
Easy Fish Chowder
“This quick and easy Fish Chowder is a no-recipe recipe. It’s delicious, extremely adaptable, light, and creamy. Made with cod, a handful of vegetables, and seasoning.”
Healthy Black Bean Soup
“This healthy Black Bean Soup recipe is a quick-to-make soup I’ve fallen in love with. Made with canned black beans, wholesome veggies, and delightfully savory flavors.”
Mushroom Barley Soup
This simple Mushroom Barley Soup is packed with healthy ingredients like barley, vegetables, mushrooms, and fresh herbs. Easy to make from scratch and incredibly delicious.
Easy Sheet Pan Fish with Vegetables
If you’re looking for a healthy and quick dinner during Lent, this is it!
Pasta with Tuna and Arugula
“Quick, easy, and surprisingly delicious, pasta with wilted arugula and a sauce made of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and canned tuna.”
15 Minute Spring Instant Pot Risotto
“This spring inspired Instant Pot Risotto combines fresh, green asparagus, sweet peas, earthy mushrooms, and creamy arborio rice in this easy-to-make dish Instant Pot dish. Filling, incredibly delicious… and perfect for the season.”
8 Minute Baked Flounder
This baked Flounder recipe is a quick sheet pan, healthy baked fish recipe, perfect for Lent, and packed with simple delicious flavor. Plu7s, it’s ready in under 15 minutes.
Spring Pea Orzo
“Slivered almonds add protein to this tasty vegetarian pasta. Add the dressing to the orzo when the pasta is still warm so it soaks up all of the delicious flavor.”
Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes
“Angel hair pasta tossed with summer zucchini and tomatoes fresh from the garden. The perfect meatless meal you’ll be craving again and again. Serve this with plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano!”
Easy Shrimp Scampi with Garlic and Lemon
“Easy Shrimp Scampi with Garlic and Lemon is one of the quickest dinners you can make. Not to mention, incredibly delicious.”
More Lent Recipes
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20 Easy Fish Recipes for Lent
10 Minute Air Fryer Salmon
Harvest Salmon Salad for a Fall Healthy Meal
Crispy Curry Roasted Chickpeas for Delicious Healthy Snacks
10 Minute No Cook Salmon Tacos
Easy Asparagus Frittata
Salmon Wellington with Madeira Wine Sauce
Easy Sheet Pan Baked Fish with Vegetables
8 Minute Baked Flounder Recipe with Fresh Lemon Pepper
Salmon Quiche with Spinach, Dill, and Mozzarella
Simple Chickpea Curry with Eggplant and Butternut Squash
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Easy Fried Rice with Broccoli Cabbage Slaw
Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Easy Fish Chowder: A quick no recipe, recipe
15 Minute Super Easy Foil Packet Fish Dinners
Creamy Salmon Pasta with Peas, Dill and Creme Fraîche
Mediterranean Shakshuka: Healthy Comfort Food at its Best
Seattle Style Cioppino
Skinny and Easy Foil Packet Cod with Greens
Salmon Burgers in 15 Minutes or Less
Chickpea Grain Bowls with Avocado, Peppers and Red Cabbage
Spring Orzo Primavera with Asparagus, Broccoli, and Tomatoes
Seafood Chowder with Mussels and Shrimp
Spaghetti Squash with Simple Marinara Sauce: Easy, Healthy and Meatless
Quick Fix Salmon Chowder
Quick, Healthy and Simple Fish Stew
An Easy and Classic Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil
Easy Foil Wrapped Salmon in Lime Garlic Butter Sauce
A Favorite Stuffed Pasta Shells with Ratatouille Sauce
Charred Broccoli Salad with Farro, Chickpeas and Almonds
Easy Indian Curry Lentil Soup Recipe with Turmeric and Cumin
JFK’s Favorite New England Fish Chowder Recipe
Maple Glazed Wild King Salmon
Stove Top Clambake
Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs
You are rhe sweetest doll!! Thank you so much for all your hints and for our wonderful Lenten meal plan. We are all set!! Thank you for your dear and generous heart!!
Hi Sharon! You made my day! I’m so glad you found this helpful. I use it as a guide every year.