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17 Must-Make Meatless Mains for Dinner Tonight

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Honestly, I abstain from meat for days at a time without even realizing it—partially because I love vegetables and grains, but also because meat-free eating can still be hearty (not to mention inexpensive). But tell me I can’t have meat for, say, a handful of Fridays during Lent, and suddenly I’m a carnivore.

As observers of Lent know full well, the conversion to temporary pescatarian starts today, with Ash Wednesday. And as hard as it might be to avoid juicy chicken or burgers, I remind myself of all those meatless mains I crave outside of Lenten restrictions. I don’t have to eat the soggy fish sticks of my childhood nightmares; I can make ooey-gooey gratin, spicy salads, or filling frittatas. If you, too, are looking for filling meat-free meals, check out these 17 dishes. Don’t worry—the steak can wait.

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For temporary pescatarians

Black Sea Bass with Vegetables En Papillote
Black Sea Bass with Vegetables En Papillote
Roasted Black Cod in Ginger Cilantro Broth
Roasted Black Cod in Ginger Cilantro Broth
Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad

Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad by Ali Slagle

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Dukkah by olive

Green Curry with Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy
Green Curry with Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy
Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna
Zuni's Pasta with Preserved Tuna

For Temporary Vegetarians

Cavatappi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Brie & Arugula
Cavatappi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Brie & Arugula
Creamy Goat Cheese Grits
Creamy Goat Cheese Grits
Cauliflower Fennel Salad with Roasted Lemon & Shallot Salsa Verde
Cauliflower Fennel Salad with Roasted Lemon & Shallot Salsa Verde
Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata

Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata by Genius Recipes

Alex Raij's Mushroom Confit (Setas Confitadas)

Alex Raij's Mushroom Confit (Setas Confitadas) by Genius Recipes

Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice

Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice by Genius Recipes

Cabbage e Pepe

Cabbage e Pepe by Sarah Jampel

Spiced Chickpeas with Wilted Kale and Roasted Carrots
Spiced Chickpeas with Wilted Kale and Roasted Carrots
Linguine with Chickpeas

Linguine with Chickpeas by Emma Laperruque

Silken Comfort Tofu

Silken Comfort Tofu by Abra Bennett

White Potato and Cheddar Gratin
White Potato and Cheddar Gratin

Do you observe Lent by abstaining from meat? If so, what’s your go-to meal?


Tags: lent, meatless, no meat