Go beyond the frozen fish sticks with these easy Lent meal ideas! We have over 20 delicious, family-friendly dinners to choose from.

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Looking for Lent-friendly meals to make for dinner this week? Look no further! Here are 20+ delicious and easy Lent meal ideas that will satisfy your appetite without breaking the rules of Lent. From light soups and salads to hearty sandwiches, pasta, and more—there’s something here for everyone!

1. Air Fryer Tilapia

Ready in just 15 minutes, this air fryer tilapia will be your go-to dish for a light and healthy Lenten meal. Serve it with a side of steamed veggies, and you’re good to go!

A plate of air fryer tilapia.
Air Fryer Tilapia
This easy air fryer tilapia recipe makes delicious, perfectly cooked fish that happens to be healthy too! The air fryer results in tilapia that is crisp on the outside yet tender and flaky in the center.
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2. Cauliflower au Gratin

This creamy and delicious cauliflower dish is sure to satisfy your tastebuds without sacrificing flavor. Layer it with fresh-grated cheese, herbs, and spices for an extra special dinner that’s sure to please. Sure, it’s normally a side dish, but trust us: it’s filling enough for a meal!

Cauliflower au Gratin
This cauliflower au gratin recipe is going to be your favorite cauliflower recipe ever. It's cheesy, a little crispy, super creamy, and pretty easy to make. It really has it all!
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3. Creamy Tomato and Basil Penne Pasta

This flavorful and comforting dish will be a hit for the whole family and it’s one of our favorite Lent meal ideas! The creamy sauce will coat the pasta perfectly, and the addition of fresh tomatoes and basil makes this an unforgettable Lenten meal.

Creamy Tomato and Basil Penne Pasta
Creamy Tomato and Basil Penne Pasta
This simple penne pasta recipe is delicious!
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4. Pesto Salmon

For a heartier dinner option, try this tasty pesto salmon. It’s full of flavor and can be served with your favorite sides for a complete meal. Plus, it’s super simple to make and ready in just minutes!

Pesto crusted salmon on a plate with roasted tomatoes.
Pesto Salmon
Pesto salmon is an easy, healthy dinner that’s just as perfect for a date night in as it is for a weeknight meal! Tender, flaky salmon is paired with herbaceous pesto and Parmesan breadcrumbs for a dinner packed with flavor.
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5. Strawberry Waffles

If you want a Lent meal idea that your kids will love, breakfast for dinner is always a safe bet! These strawberry waffles are fluffy, crispy on the edges, and have sweet strawberries baked into every bite.

A stack of strawberry waffles topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
Strawberry Waffles
This easy strawberry waffle recipe is packed with fresh fruit flavor thanks to the addition of sweet, ripe strawberries. They're fluffy, crispy on the edges, and all-around perfect!
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6. Instant Pot Black Beans

This tasty dish is meatless, affordable, and super easy to make! Cook up a batch of Instant Pot black beans for a filling dinner that everyone will love. Make them into tacos, burrito bowls, and more for a budget-friendly Lent meal idea.

A bowl of black beans topped with red onion, cilantro, and avocado.
Instant Pot Black Beans (No Soak!)
Packed with protein, affordable, and so easy to make (with no soaking required), these Instant Pot black beans are the perfect addition to any dinner!
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7. Instant Pot Tortellini

Ready in just minutes, this Instant Pot tortellini is a great Lent meal idea for busy weeknights. Serve it with your favorite veggies to make it even more filling and delicious.

Instant Pot Tortellini
Check out how to make this Instant Pot Tortellini Pasta recipe that is a simple and hearty meal for the family with just a few ingredients. Ready in minutes!
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8. Tuna Casserole

Casseroles are always a hit, and this tuna casserole is no exception. It’s full of flavor and the perfect dish for feeding a crowd. You’ll love the combination of creamy sauce, crunchy veggies, and protein-packed tuna.

Tuna Casserole
If you grew up on tuna casserole, you're not alone. There's a reason why the casserole is a staple in the dinner rotation.
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9. Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Add a touch of sweetness to your Lenten meals with this air fryer coconut shrimp. Serve it as an appetizer or snack. Or, add some sides for a complete dinner. Delicious!

A plate of air fryer coconut shrimp with a side of chili sauce.
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Crispy air fryer coconut shrimp are absolutely irresistible, especially with homemade sweet chili sauce for dipping! This easy, healthy air fryer recipe is sure to become a fast favorite.
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10. Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? This is another Lent meal idea that your kids will be clamoring for! Add some steamed broccoli for a one-dish dinner.

Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Perfect for pot-lucks and for making ahead – this Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese is sure to please even the pickiest palette!
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11. Manicotti

Manicotti is a classic Italian dish that’s perfect for Lenten dinners. Layer the pasta with a mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese for an unforgettable meal you’ll want to make over and over again.

Cheese manicotti in a baking dish.
This classic cheese manicotti recipe is rich, flavorful, and always a crowd-pleaser! It’s simple to put together and perfect for making in advance.
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12. Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

This comforting casserole is perfect for a chilly night. It’s packed with flavor and nutrients, and the cheesy broccoli rice will be sure to satisfy your hunger. Serve it with a side of French bread or salad for a complete meal.

Cheesy broccoli rice casserole in a baking dish with servings missing.
Broccoli Rice Casserole
This easy Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe combines rice and broccoli in a creamy, cheesy sauce for a dish that’s always a hit, whether you serve it for a weeknight dinner or bring it to a potluck! It’s a classic casserole you’ll make again and again.
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13. Brussels Sprout Salad

For a lighter and healthier Lent meal idea, try this tasty Brussels sprout salad. It’s full of crunchy veggies and tossed in a flavorful vinaigrette. Serve it as a side dish, or enjoy it as a main course. Either way, you’ll love it!

brussels sprouts salad served in a white bowl
Brussels Sprouts Salad/ Fall Harvest Salad
This Brussels sprout salad is packed with flavor! With tender roasted butternut squash, Honeycrisp apple, pumpkin seeds, and pomegranate, you can see why I call this a fall harvest salad!
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14. Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Tacos are always a great choice for dinner, and these grilled shrimp tacos are no exception. The combination of spicy and sweet flavors will leave you wanting more! Serve them with your favorite toppings for a delicious meal.

Grilled shrimp tacos.
Grilled Shrimp Tacos
These grilled shrimp tacos will be your new favorite Taco Tuesday dinner! Juicy shrimp are marinated with lime juice, garlic, and spices, then grilled to perfection and tucked into soft tortillas with a creamy sauce.
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15. Zucchini Corn Fritters

These zucchini corn fritters are great for a light dinner or snack. They’re packed with flavor and easy to make in just minutes. Serve them with your favorite sauce or dip—yum!

Zucchini Corn Fritters
Zucchini corn fritters are made with two fresh summer favorites for a crispy, cheesy, all-around irresistible side dish! 
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16. Fried Rice

Fried rice is a classic dish that’s perfect for Lenten meals. It’s easy to make, full of flavor, and loaded with veggies. Serve it as a main course by adding shrimp or a side dish. Either way, you’ll love this delicious meal!

Fried Rice
Making fried rice at home is easier than you think! Find out the secret for how to make fried rice perfect every time.
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17. Eggs Florentine

This Eggs Florentine dish is a delicious way to enjoy eggs for dinner. It’s full of flavor and easy to make in just minutes. If you’re not a fan of fish, eggs are a great Lent meal idea!

Eggs Florentine
This traditional Eggs Florentine recipe pairs poached eggs with toasted English muffins, garlicky sautéed spinach, and creamy hollandaise sauce. It's the perfect savory weekend breakfast!
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18. Instant Pot Penne Alfredo

This creamy Instant Pot Penne Alfredo is sure to be a hit with the family. It’s full of flavor and ready in just minutes—perfect for busy weeknights! Serve it with some garlic bread, and you’ll have an unforgettable meal.

Instant Pot Penne Alfredo
This Instant Pot Penne Alfredo is creamy, rich, and a family-friendly dinner you can get on the table in a matter of minutes! It doesn’t get much easier (or more delicious!) than this!
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19. One-Pan Baked Salmon and Asparagus

This one-pan dish is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. The combination of salmon and asparagus creates a delicious and nutritious meal you’re sure to love. Serve it with some rice or potatoes for a complete meal.

baked salmon dinner recipe
One-Pan Baked Salmon and Asparagus
One-Pan Baked Salmon & Asparagus is an easy and healthy 30-minute meal with amazing flavor – perfect for an easy summer dinner idea!
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20. Ricotta Stuffed Shells

These ricotta stuffed shells are sure to satisfy your hunger. They’re full of flavor and easy to make in just minutes. Enjoy them with a side salad or some roasted veggies to round things out.

Stuffed Shells
This classic stuffed shells recipe is always a hit! Jumbo pasta shells are filled with 3 different types of cheese and topped with marinara.
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21. Tuna Salad

This tuna salad is a great way to enjoy seafood for dinner in an easy, low-effort way. It’s packed with protein and full of flavor. Enjoy it on its own, or serve it on sandwich bread for a simple Lent meal idea that the whole family will love.

Tuna Salad Sandwich
This Simple Tuna Salad recipe is an underrated classic! It's light, simple to make, and great for a quick meal. Plus, it's versatile – serve it as a sandwich, on top of a salad, or in a wrap for instant lunch satisfaction.
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22. Margherita Pizza

This classic Margherita pizza is sure to be a hit with the family. It’s easy to make and full of flavor. Plus, it’s ready in just minutes! Who needs delivery?!

Margherita Pizza
Margherita pizza is a staple at Italian restaurants and pizzerias everywhere! Garlicky tomato sauce is topped with fresh mozzarella and basil, all on an irresistibly chewy crust.
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23. Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are always a great choice for dinner. They’re full of flavor and packed with protein. Even better, they’re incredibly easy to make! Serve them with your favorite toppings for a meal you won’t forget.

Fish Tacos
These easy fish tacos pile seasoned white fish onto warm corn tortillas with a tangy crema, crunchy cabbage, and other favorite taco toppings. They're a healthy weeknight dinner the whole family will love!
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24. Air Fryer Salmon

You can’t go wrong when it comes to air fryer salmon. Learn the ins and outs of cooking the tasty fish in the air fryer for a healthy dinner the whole family will enjoy.

A piece of air fryer salmon next to asparagus.
Air Fryer Salmon
Find the ultimate guide for how to cook salmon in the air fryer! Easy and fast, air fryer salmon is a healthy weeknight dinner your family will love.
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25. Stuffed Lasagna Spaghetti Squash

Get ready to fill up on this stuffed lasagna spaghetti squash. The cheese melts perfectly into the sauce that surrounds the spaghetti squash, creating the perfect, nutritious bite.

Stuffed lasagna spaghetti squash.
Stuffed Lasagna Spaghetti Squash
This Stuffed Lasagna Spaghetti Squash is a fast and easy weeknight dinner. It's the perfect, easy-to-create meal that even the pickiest eaters will love!
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26. Zucchini Casserole

Turn this side dish of zucchini casserole into a main course during Lent. The simple dish layers fresh-cut zucchini with tomatoes, cheese, and breadcrumbs. It’s filling, savory, and delicious!

Zucchini Casserole
This Zucchini Casserole is an easy, side dish that goes with any meal. Zucchini and tomatoes topped with cheese and a crunchy panko/parmesan breadcrumb topping makes for the perfect accompaniment to any meal!
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27. Egg Salad Recipe

Sometimes the simple recipes are the best, and this egg salad recipe proves it! Quick, easy, and flavorful, it’s ready in minutes and the perfect way to use up leftover eggs. Serve it on its own, with crackers, or bread.

Egg Salad Recipe
This easy egg salad recipe is the perfect way to use up hard-boiled eggs!
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28. Cabbage Steaks

Steak night is something to look forward to during Lent when these cabbage steaks are on the menu. Top the steaks with nuts or cheese to finish off the dish with extra flavor and crunch.

Cabbage Steaks
Cabbage Steaks
Cabbage Steaks are an easy, flavorful side you can eat with so many things. Just slice a head of cabbage then roast or grill to crispy perfection!
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29. Easy Black Bean Burger

You won’t miss the meat at all in this black bean burger. The beans mix up with onions, garlic, and chipotle peppers, keeping the flavors front and center. Top the black bean burger with your favorite condiments, just like you would a traditional burger. Yum!

Easy Black Bean Burger
Easy Black Bean Burger
Without a doubt, this is the best black bean burger recipe I’ve tried. Onion, garlic, and chipotles give it bold, smoky flavor. SO easy and delicious!
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30. Classic Eggplant Parmesan

This comforting dish of eggplant parmesan is great to put on your Lenten meal rotation. The cheesy meal hits all the spots for the perfect comfort dish. It’s a dish that even your pickiest eater will enjoy.

Classic Eggplant Parmesan
Classic Eggplant Parmesan
Learn how to make the best eggplant parmesan! Whether you’re looking to fry the eggplant or bake it – we have a method for both.
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31. Air Fryer Crab Cakes

If you are craving something filling, go with these air fryer crab cakes. The meaty crab will satisfy that craving for something hearty. Plus, cooking everything in the air fryer keeps the meal feeling light and healthy.

Three air fryer crab cakes on a plate with two lemon wedges.
Air Fryer Crab Cakes
Air Fryer Crab Cakes come together with lump crab meat, mayonnaise, savory seasonings, and panko breadcrumbs for a delicious, lightened-up version of the traditional recipe!
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32. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Get your fill of buffalo wings in during Lent with these air fryer buffalo cauliflower. While this dish is typically a side dish, it can easily become the main star of the meal. Don’t forget to serve with Ranch or bleu cheese for dipping!

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower.
Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
Air fryer buffalo cauliflower is a fun, flavorful appetizer or side that’s actually healthy too! Cauliflower is tossed with spicy buffalo sauce and seasonings and air fried to crispy perfection.
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33. Salmon Patties

These salmon patties are so good that they will make it into your regular dinner rotation after Lent is over. The patties are made with canned salmon, so there is no fussing for hours in the kitchen. Make some extras to keep in the freezer for when you need a last-minute dinner.

Salmon Patties
These salmon patties are tender and flavorful, with a perfectly crispy exterior. They're also easy to make for a weeknight dinner!
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