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45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

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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 and healthy and will keep you satisfied until Easter.

Fish Florentine for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

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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, 40 days and nights of rain brought about the flood that destroyed the earth.
  • The Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching the land God promised them.
  • 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.


Lent Recipes

The following 45 easy Lent recipes and ideas are delicious and healthy meal ideas we love.

1. Fish Florentine

Fish Florentine for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

“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!”


2. Brazilian Salmon Stew (Moqueca)

Salmon Stew for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season


“Salmon stew based on Brazilian style moqueca fish stew. Salmon marinated in garlic, lime juice, paprika and cumin, the cooked with onions, bell peppers, tomato, cilantro, and coconut milk.”


3. Lentil Salad with Arugula and Feta

Lentil Salad for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

“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.”


4. Puff Pastry Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

“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.”


5. Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

“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!”


6. Easy Fish Chowder

Quick and Easy Fish Chowder for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

“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.”


7. Healthy Black Bean Soup

Top view of cooked Black Bean Soup in a Dutch oven with a wooden serving spoon

“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.”


8. Mushroom Barley Soup

Side view of bowl of 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.


9. Easy Sheet Pan Fish with Vegetables

Baked Fish for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

If you’re looking for a healthy and quick dinner during Lent, this is it!


10. Pasta with Tuna and Arugula

Tuna Pasta for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

“Quick, easy, and surprisingly delicious, pasta with wilted arugula and a sauce made of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and canned tuna.”


11. 15-Minute Spring Instant Pot Risotto

Easy Instant Pot Spring Risotto for Lent Recipes for the Lenton Season

“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.”


12. 8-Minute Baked Flounder

Baked Flounder with Lemon Pepper and Parsley on a platter

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.


13. Spring Pea Orzo

Spring Pea Orzo for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

“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.”


14. Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Angel Hair Pasta for 45 Easy Lent Recipes for the Lenten Season

“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!”


15. Easy Shrimp Scampi with Garlic and Lemon

Easy Shrimp Scampi with Garlic and Lemon | 31Daily.com

“Easy Shrimp Scampi with Garlic and Lemon is one of the quickest dinners you can make. Not to mention, incredibly delicious.”


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  1. 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!!

    1. Hi Sharon! You made my day! I’m so glad you found this helpful. I use it as a guide every year.

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