Lent season is here. This may mean that you are scrambling to find dinners that you can prepare on Friday nights during this special season. You do not have to settle for boring fish and chips every Friday. Here are 10 of the best recipes to consider serving this Lent season.
Halibut Soft Tacos: You can up your fish game by serving these fresh and light halibut soft tacos. Thick halibut steaks are topped with a fresh tropical salsa consisting of avocado, mango, jalapeño, lemon juice, onion, cilantro, and honey. If you are looking to cut your intake of carbs, simply substitute the flour tortillas for lettuce wraps instead. You will fall in love with this recipe at first bite. Serve these tacos with a side of black beans and Spanish rice for the ultimate fiesta meal that does not contain meat.
Vegetarian Ramen Soup: Ramen does not have to be sodium-packed noodles you heat up in a styrofoam cup. This quick and easy vegetarian ramen soup will make you think differently about this iconic Japanese dish. This recipe is easily customizable, allowing you to add the veggies of your choice. You may also want to consider setting up a ramen bar and letting guests add their own toppings to create the masterpiece of their choice. With this ramen soup as the base, everyone will be happy.
Fettuccine Alfredo: What could be better than a creamy and cheesy big bowl of fettuccine Alfredo? Everyone will dive right into this Italian classic. You will appreciate the ease of preparing this simple recipe. If you want more protein for your Lent dinner, top the pasta with some grilled shrimp or scallops. To cut the heaviness of this dish, be sure to serve it with a simple green salad topped with a vinaigrette.
Spinach Tomato Tortellini Soup: Warm up during this cold weather with this comforting spinach tomato tortellini soup. This soup could not be easier to prepare. With just five minutes of prep and 15 minutes of simmer time, you can have this soup on the table in less than 30 minutes. Be sure to serve it with a big loaf of bread to mop up all of the tasty broth.
Cheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet: It is understandable if you come home on Friday after a busy week and do not feel up to preparing a big meal. This is where this cheesy enchilada rice skillet recipe comes in. What could be easier than a one pot meal that you can throw together in less than 30 minutes? The staples of this recipe include white rice, frozen corn, black beans, prepared enchilada sauce, cheese, and a host of complementary herbs and spices. Some grilled cheese quesadillas make a good side dish for this skillet or for the picky kids in your family.
Vegetarian Moussaka: Lent is the perfect time to stretch the boundaries of your culinary skills. This vegetarian moussaka recipe will help you to mix things up on your Friday nights during this season. Rather than using the traditional ground beef base, this vegetarian moussaka recipe features eggplant as the star of the show. The creamy béchamel sauce elevates this casserole to another level of deliciousness. This moussaka is comfort food at its finest.
Slow Cooker Broccoli Mac and Cheese: You will not regret digging into this slow cooker broccoli mac and cheese. While this recipe calls for extra sharp cheddar cheese and gorgonzola cheese, you can use nearly any type of cheese that you prefer. Have fun and experiment with your favorite cheese to create what you know your family will love. The broccoli adds another element of nutrition so that you do not feel as guilty indulging in this creamy goodness. For extra crunch, consider topping with breadcrumbs.
Veggie Lovers Flatbread Pizza: If you are like many families, Friday is reserved for pizza night. With a little creativity, you can get your pizza fix during the Lent season without having to lean on plain cheese pizza. This veggie lovers flatbread pizza will help you to kick it up a notch. As a bonus, this recipe is also gluten-free, helping you to satisfy a wide range of diet restrictions. The colorful creation will look beautiful on your table. Feel free to mix and match a variety of vegetables.
Traditional Falafel: For an explosion of Middle Eastern flavors, you cannot go wrong with this traditional falafel recipe. While there are quite a few steps in this recipe, it will be well worth your time. Serve the falafel on its own with a tzatziki dipping sauce. Or stuff the little balls into a warm pita bread and top with cucumbers, red onion slices, and tomato.
All 10 of these recipes will make great additions to your Lent recipe repertoire. You will likely love them so much that you decide to include them in your regular meal rotation throughout the year.