10 Essential Lenten Recipes Without Seafood
Lenten fasting and seafood seem synonymous, but not everyone sees Friday as a reason to feast on fish. Whether you're dealing with a shellfish allergy or feeding a finicky eater, you can easily skip seafood in favor of vegetarian fare. Consider these recipes your surefire staples for the Lenten season — and for meatless meals year round.
Fresh Pesto Pizza
Not only will you spend less time making this vegetarian pizza than you would waiting on delivery, you'll also find its combination of salty feta, fresh tomatoes, and homemade pesto more delicious than your go-to order.
Loaded Vegetarian Quiche
Quiche makes an eggs-cellent source of protein when you're fasting from meat, and this recipe gets plenty of flavor from Colby-Monterey Jack, basil, and vegetables.
Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili
With a rating that averages five stars from hundreds of home cooks, there's certainly truth to this chili's name. "I am amazed by how flavorful and hearty this chili is considering how easy it is to prepare. This tops all the ground meat chili I've made in the past," home cook JINGSHI says.
Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake
A good vegetarian casserole should belong in everyone's Lenten recipe list, and our top-rated Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake packs in all the protein and flavor you'd want in a recipe. Plus, it preps in just 15 minutes.
Sukhothai Pad Thai
If you're not used to cooking with tofu — and your family isn't used to eating it — a classic pad Thai recipe will ensure that you're all on good terms with this plant-based protein. Likely more familiar, eggs also up the dish's protein and make it extra filling.
Baked Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta
Fresh vegetables set this baked pasta apart from your average casserole. "Take classic Mediterranean flavors and make American-style comfort food for your family," Allrecipes Allstar Bibi says. "If you are looking for a meatless meal, serve this with a salad and crusty bread."
Vegan Red Beans and Rice
"This is a healthier, vegetarian, vegan, Lent-friendly version of one of my favorite Creole dishes," recipe submitter Lauren reese says. Starchy rice and beans starchy make a substantial meal without the need for sausage or ham hock. Not only that, seasoning and liquid smoke lend it flavors you'd associate with meat.
Eggplant Parmesan Casserole
This crave-worthy casserole layers slices of eggplant with marinara sauce, Parmesan, ricotta, and pepper jack but also happens to be "a lot easier and fewer calories than traditional fried eggplant Parmesan." Crunchy bread crumbs top it off.
Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa
Black beans and quinoa for the win, once again. "Great, healthy ingredients and really filling. I added extra vegetables like mushrooms and zucchini too," home cook Ryan says. "Hot sauce, barbeque sauce, or ranch sauce are a great side!"
Filled with zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and tomatoes, this Mexican-inspired dish makes sneaking more veggies into dinner easy. Top your rolled tortillas with pico de gallo for more plant power.