5 Lent Recipes You’ll Want To Eat All Year

5 Lent Recipes You’ll Want To Eat All Year


Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and growing closer to God. To practice self-discipline, the Catholic Church instructs Christians to abstain from meat — traditionally seen as a luxury — on Ash Wednesday and every Friday throughout the liturgical season.

As we observe these instructions, it can be easy to default to fried fish, cheese pizzas, and heavy pasta. But there are many pescetarian and vegetarian dishes that are both healthy and filling.

Visit our Lenten calendar daily to reveal a prayer and penance to help strengthen your faith, and try out our five favorite meatless recipes:

  1. Mediterranean Salmon and Chickpea Salad
  2. Spicy Shrimp Tacos
  3. Baked Lemon Parsley Cod
  4. Hearty Minestrone Soup
  5. Asian Chopped Salad With Ginger Lime Dressing Recipe

Mediterranean Salmon and Chickpea Salad Recipe

Serves 2

Mediterranean salmon and chickpea salad with homemade dressing, a meatless dish for Lent

For the salad:

  • 4 cups spinach (optional: sauté with a drizzle of olive oil and greek spices until wilted)
  • 1 can of pink salmon (5 oz), drained
  • 1 can of chickpeas (15 oz), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • Black pepper to taste

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt

Add salad ingredients into a bowl. Mix together the dressing ingredients in a separate cup or bowl and pour over the Mediterranean salad. Enjoy!

Spicy Shrimp Tacos Recipe

Makes 10 tacos

Spicy shrimp tacos topped with lettuce, avocados, tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro, a delicious recipe for Lent

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 2 avocados, pitted and sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro

For the spice blend:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt

Mix together the spice blend in a cup or small bowl. Put the shrimp in a large bowl, sprinkle in the spice blend, and coat the shrimp evenly. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook while stirring for 3-4 minutes, flipping once, until they are opaque. Lay out your corn tortillas on serving plates. Scoop the shrimp into each taco and top with lettuce, sliced avocado, tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro.

Baked Lemon Parsley Cod Recipe

Serves 4

Baked lemon parsley cod with a side of roasted vegetables, a pescetarian recipe for Lent

Ingredients:

  • 4 cod fillets
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Add parsley, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper to a bowl and mix together. Place the cod fillets in an ungreased 11x7 baking dish. Pour the lemon parsley mixture onto the fillets. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes until the cod easily pulls apart with a fork. Place the fillets onto serving plates and sprinkle each with green onions. Serve with a side of steamed or roasted veggies.

Hearty Minestrone Soup Recipe

Serves 6-8

Hearty minestrone soup with carrots, celery, potatoes, cannellini beans, green beans, tomatoes, and kale, a meatless recipe for Lent

Ingredients:

  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 container (32 oz) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (8 oz each) tomato sauce (no salt added)
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) cannellini beans (no salt added), rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) green beans (no salt added), drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (no salt added), undrained
  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat macaroni or ditalini pasta
  • Grated parmesan cheese

In a large pot, saute the carrots, celery potatoes, and onion in olive oil for 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat until the onions soften. Add in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Stir in the vegetable broth, tomato sauce, cannellini beans, tomatoes, kale, basil, parsley, oregano, and black pepper. Bring to a boil before reducing heat to medium-low. Cover the pot, and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Add in the noodles and cook uncovered for 5-7 minutes until the pasta is al dente. Serve in bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired.

Asian Chopped Salad With Ginger Lime Dressing Recipe

Serves 2

Asian chopped salad with ginger lime dressing, a vegetarian recipe for Lent

For the salad:

  • 1 cup chopped romaine hearts
  • 1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1 thinly slice red bell pepper
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a small cup or bowl, stir together all ingredients for the dressing. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss until the dressing evenly coats the salad, and serve.

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