15 Quick Recipes for Easy Lenten Dinners
On any given Friday, you're likely not only tired from the workweek but also tired of cooking. But Fridays during Lent pose another dilemma: finding a simple supper with no meat. With busy families in mind, we've rounded up 15 fast, fasting-friendly meals you can have ready in less than 45 minutes.
Parmesan, butter, mayonnaise, and lemon bring bring restaurant-worthy flavor to mild, flaky halibut. Not what you'd expect from a recipe that takes only 25 minutes to make!
Farmer's Market Vegetarian Quesadillas
These 30-minute quesadillas pack in zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, mushrooms, and plenty of sharp Cheddar cheese. Serve them with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole for a satisfying meatless meal.
Grandma's Famous Salmon Cakes
With just five ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, salmon cakes are a cinch to make on a busy Friday.
Speckled Trout in Capers and White Wine
Briny capers and a white wine and butter sauce jazz up speckled trout (or any favorite white fish) in a recipe that takes just 10 minutes to prepare.
If your Lenten Fridays usually consist of popping a frozen cheese pizza in the oven, revive your routine with this rich, lasagna-like flatbread. "My family adores it," home cook Tamara says. "If you feel it's too rich, try using low-fat cottage cheese."
Shrimp Scampi with Pasta
Several home cooks have made our Shrimp Scampi with Pasta for date nights; others make it at a kid's request. Keep this 40-minute meal in mind whenever you need to liven up your Lenten meals.
Delicious Meatless Baked Ziti
Mushrooms replace meat in this tomatoey baked ziti, which packs a punch of goat cheese (in addition to mozzarella and ricotta) for an unexpected tang.
Grilled Cod with Spinach and Tomatoes
Don't let the lack of a grill discourage you from making this recipe during Lent. "Since it is winter in Michigan... I decided to do this in the oven," Allrecipes Allstar KGora says. "The directions say to grill in foil so I didn't see a reason why oven would be much different."
Quick and Easy Stuffed Peppers
The secret to cooking stuffed bell peppers in 15 minutes: the microwave. And you don't need to look much further than your pantry to make its filling of fast-cooking brown rice, canned tomatoes, beans, and seasoning.
A honey-garlic marinade enhances the natural sweetness of shrimp, which cook in just five minutes. Eat them over rice or noodles to sop up all the flavor.
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Fillets
If someone in the family is finicky about fish, try our Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Fillets. "This recipe is quick and easy with plenty of flavor! Even my husband (who doesn't like fish that much) went back for seconds," says Allstar France C.
Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff
Meaty portobellos replace beef in a hearty vegetarian stroganoff. This 30-minute dish would appease even devout meat eaters on a Friday.
Pan Seared Salmon I
In a skillet, salmon fillets sear to perfection in just 10 minutes. What more could you want in a Lenten dinner?
Shrimp to the rescue once again. Breading these garlicky, Parmesan-crusted shrimp takes just 10 minutes; bake them to a crisp for about 20 minutes.
You don't need ground beef, chicken, or even shrimp to make delicious tacos. This recipe will show you that well-seasoned cauliflower, and corn, black beans have what it takes.