Vegetarian & Vegan Meals for Lent: Easy Meatless Recipes for Friday Night Dinners

Easy Meatless Meals for Lent

Fridays are usually a cause for celebration. The weekend is coming, the typical workweek is ending. We wish each other "Happy Friday!" and say "T.G.I.F." (do we say that anymore? No? Just me and Urkel?) There is an entire restaurant chain built around the magic of Fridays. The Lenten season is a time when Christians prepare for Easter Sunday by abstaining from meat on Fridays, so that day of the week loses a little bit of its luster if you're a meat-lover. Sometimes it feels like our options are limited, especially when we want to whip something up fast after a long week. Fish sticks fly off the shelves in the frozen food aisle of the supermarket, fast food chains offer fish sandwiches for a limited time only, and pizza places see a spike in orders. These are all great too, but there are other options, and you have a few meatless Fridays to try them out.

Fish is a popular choice since it's permitted as a meal during Lenten Fridays. Cooking fish inside of foil packets is an easy and delectable way to seal in all of the flavors of your fillet. Click here for a simple recipe with an Asian flair that is ready in 30 minutes. If you've ever baked fish and ended up having to soak your pan for hours to get the crusted fish leftovers off, you'll enjoy the easy clean-up of foil.

Go here if you have questions about what constitutes "meatless" in some religious traditions.

Now click through our gallery of meat-free and extra-delicious Friday night dinner ideas.