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40+ Meatless Meals For Ash Wednesday & Fridays During Lent

Catholics can't eat meat on Ash Wednesday, but you can still have some tasty meals. Check out these 7 Meatless Meals For Ash Wednesday from, February 26, 2020 is Ash Wednesday — the start of Lent for Christians. That also means no meat on Wednesday or on Fridays between then and Easter. We actually eat meatless most days, but in case you need some ideas, you’re in luck. I put together a list of 40+ Meatless Meals for Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.

Why 40? Because Lent is 40 days.

Okay. The church says it’s 40 days, but the calendar says it’s 46 days, and my taste buds agree with the calendar. I give up chocolate every year for Lent, and on Day 41, my taste buds are all, “We’re still doing this? Can you count?”

Save the list because you can also eat any of these meals during any of Fridays during Lent (since there’s no meat on Fridays until Easter).

This is actually two lists. The top list is normal-sized meals. The second is smaller meals, in case you observe fasting during Ash Wednesday as well.

40+ Meatless Meals For Ash Wednesday And Fridays During Lent

Looking for a tasty fall dinner idea? Try this Mushroom and Rice Casserole from

1. Mushroom And Rice Casserole

2. Vegetarian Couscous with Zucchini, Chickpeas, and Tomatoes

3. Pasta Alla Norma (Sicilian eggplant and tomato pasta)

4. Traditional Eggplant Parmesan

5. Black Bean And Kale Pasta

6. Baked Ravioli

7. Spanikopita (Spinach Pie)

8. Garden Tomato Caprese Tart

9. 2 Ingredient Dough White Pizza

10. Orzo Greek Salad

This Chickpea and Spinach Vegan Burger is the perfect protein-packed bean burger. Get the recipe at

11. Chickpea And Spinach Vegan Burger

12. Lentil And Cauliflower Vegan Tacos

13. Vegan Penne alla Vodka

14. Baked Eggplant “Meatball” Parmesan

15. Homemade Kale Pesto Ravioli

Kale Pasta

16. Kale Pasta

17. Kale & Bean Soup

18. Portabella Philly Cheesesteaks

19. Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

20. Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Pizza night can be every night with this easy 2 Ingredient Dough Pizza from Even better, each slice is only 2 Weight Watchers Freestyle points!

21. 2 Ingredient Dough Pizza

22. Naan Pizza

23. Lemon Pasta

24. Vegetable Curry

25. Zoodles With Pesto

26. Futomaki (Fat Sushi Roll for Setsubun)

Small Meatless Meals For Ash Wednesday

Your garden tomatoes will taste great in these Mini Tomato Pies. Get the recipe at

1. Mini Tomato Pies

2. Baked Eggplant Parmesan Bites

3. Pizza Bagels

4. Portabella Mushroom Pizzas

5. Caprese Grilled Cheese

6. Cheesy Egg Sandwich

7. Pastina-Stuffed Avocados

8. Egg Salad Sandwich

9. Lasagna Cups

10. Kale Salad

Pull Apart Pizza is a super simple fun dinner idea. Get the easy recipe at

11. Pull Apart Pizza

12. Homemade Pizza Bites

13. Baked Fried Green Tomatoes

14. Sauteed Eggplant With Panko

15. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups

16. Vegan Pasta Salad

Just keep in mind that if you’re adapting a recipe to be meatless, that you actually take all the meat out of it. French Onion Soup sounds okay, until you realize the base of it is beef broth, so that beef isn’t allowed on Ash Wednesday.

If you’re worried about what to cook for Lent, don’t worry. I have a few other posts below to help you out.

Meal Ideas For Lent

20+ Vegetarian Sandwiches That Are Perfect For LentCatholics can't eat meat on Ash Wednesday, but you can still have some tasty meals. Check out these 7 Meatless Meals For Ash Wednesday from

40+ Vegetarian Soup Recipes For Lent
You can still have soup on Fridays during Lent. Just pick one of these 40+ Vegetarian Soup Recipes For Lent on

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Even if we don't observe Lent this is still a great list for heathy eating.


Monday 28th of February 2022

I'm always on the lookout for meatless meals. Thanks for putting so many delicious recipes in one post.

Esmé Slabbert

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Thank you so much for sharing all these awesome and wonderful meals with us.


Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Great resource for Lent, thank you!

drugstore diva lisa

Friday 13th of March 2020

You're welcome! I hope it helps a lot of people with meal planning for Fridays.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

This is a great collection of Meatless Meals! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing.