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So, do you keep trying to figure out what to have for dinner on Fridays (for some of you, Wednesdays too), during lent? Well, I got you covered. As as child, what I remember most about Lent was what I would give up. Now as an adult, I always know it will be M&M’s. They are my guilty pleasure. Good Friday cannot come soon enough! As for dinner on Friday night, I still love to experiment and see what I can create. Keep checking back as I will be updating this blog throughout the next few weeks. Hopefully, I can help so that you will never have to worry about, What’s For Lent?

Of course, I am going to give you a few fish and seafood dishes. However, that’s not all. My homemade pierogi recipe is also a must. In the past month, I have been venturing out of my comfort zone and creating a few dishes popular around the world. So, get ready for a Korean vegetarian pancake and falafel. If you get tired of these, there is always my homemade pizza with mushrooms and a blend of fabulous cheeses.

So, here it is! Hopefully, you will never have to ask yourself again, What’s for Lent?

WHAT’S FOR LENT

PIEROGIES

No way I could start this off without an ode to one of my favorites. My pierogies are full of creamy potatoes and the most perfect cheese. Make a bunch and freeze!

a bowl of pierogies in butter and onions for Christmas Dinner
PIEROGIES

FISH AND CHIPS

One can hardly go through lent without at least one fish fry at home. This recipe works in the air-fryer, or take a more traditional approach and fry in oil!

fish and chips in newspaper cones laying on a wooden board garnished with lemon wedges
FISH AND CHIPS

BAKED FISH IN PARCHMENT PAPER

For a healthier spin, make this baked fish in parchment paper. It’s super easy to prepare. Pour on top of rice for a complete meal!

steamed white fish in parchment
BAKED FISH IN PARCHMENT

OYSTER PO’ BOYS

Although, not necessarily on the healthy side, this is one incredible sandwich. Pair my Southern Fried Oysters with fresh lettuce and tomatoes. Top it all off with an amazing remoulade sauce. As an alternative, serve up these crunchy beauties as an appetizer.

BLACKENED GROUPER SANDWICH

This is by far, one of my favorite sandwiches. The perfect amount of spice lends to a beautiful piece of blackened grouper. Serve on a soft bun. Cool it down with a creamy and crunchy homemade coleslaw.

two blackened grouper sandwich with shoestring french fries on newspaper
BLACKENED GROUPER SANDWICH

PARMESAN BAKED SCALLOPS

Oh my! This is a must-try. Super tender scallops with a crunchy Parmesan cheese and panko crust. It really does not get any better than this.

eight parmesan baked scallops sitting on top of a board lined with newspaper
PARMESAN BAKED SCALLOPS

PAN SEARED SCALLOPS IN A CORN PURÉE

If you have not yet tried this dish, you need to. By far, one of my most popular recipes. You will put this one on repeat!

three seared scallops on a bed of corn purée topped with hot chili oil and clover sprouts on a blue plate
SEARED SCALLOPS IN A CORN PURÉE

SPAGHETTI WITH CLAMS

By far one of my favorite pasta dishes. Honestly, I could eat Spaghetti with Clams once a week!

a long wooden bowl full of spaghetti with clams
SPAGHETTI WITH CLAMS

SALMON

Salmon is always a great choice. Simply prepared with just a touch of olive oil, kosher salt and pepper is perfection on a plate. Or, take a fancier approach. Try my Herb and Honey Roasted Salmon, Creamy Tuscan Salmon, Crab Stuffed Salmon, Pan Seared Salmon with a Spicy Coconut Cream Sauce, Steamed Salmon in Parchment, or Salmon with Lobster Cream Sauce. Grilling is also an option. My Cedar Plank Salmon is super tasty and so easy to prepare.

SALADS

For a lighter and healthier meal, my Nicoise Salad or Italian Seafood Salad are sure to fit the bill.

CIOPPINO

It’s very likely that one of those Friday nights during lent will be chilly. So, why not whip up a warm and beautiful bowl of one of my most popular recipes.

a big red pot of cioppino
CIOPPINO

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

You pick! Any of these fabulous dishes that are popular for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, will work beautifully for lent.

king crab feast
FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

PIZZA

Pizza is another fun way to get your entire family involved. My Mushroom Pizza or Grilled Margherita Pizza are both perfect in observance of lent.

ASIAN FARE

Have fun with the entire family and make your very own Sushi Rolls. Satisfy the vegetarian in your life with this incredible Korean Vegetarian Jeon (Pancake). For a special treat, these Crispy Rice Squares with Spicy Tuna are out of this world.

MIDDLE EASTERN FARE

Venture out of your comfort zone with my recipes for Stuffed Grape Leaves and Falafel.

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