Survive Lent With These Meat-less Fast Food Options
Ash Wednesday is tomorrow and with it comes the start of Lent. For Catholics, that means 40 days of self-reflection, prayer, and abstaining from meat on Fridays. Now before you get all depressed thinking of all the McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches you'll be eating on Fridays, let me share some good news: THERE IS A BETTER WAY! That's right, you no longer have to suffer through greasy, fried fish sandwiches slathered in tartar sauce to make it through Lent!
In the last few years, fast food restaurants have upped their game when it comes to vegetarian and seafood options, making it easier than ever for you to observe Lent without giving up the convenience of fast food. These new meat-less menu options go beyond the traditional fried fish sandwich, giving Catholics Lent-friendly options that are tastier than ever.
Arby's Lent-Friendly Menu
The slogan at Arby's might be "We Have the Meats", but they also have the fish! Arby's offers a few fish sandwiches as well as a vegetarian Mac n Cheese. Arby's Crispy Fish Sandwich features a fried Alaskan Pollock filet and tartar sauce. Not enough flavor for you? Then try the Fish 'n Cheddar Sandwich which ads cheddar cheese sauce. Still not enough for you? Then the King's Hawaiian Fish Deluxe Sandwich is what you need. You'll get the same Alaskan Pollock and tartar sauce from the other sandwiches, plus lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese, all on a King's Hawaiian sweet roll. Not feeling the fish? Arby's is also offering a White Cheddar Mac n Cheese that makes a good lent-friendly option.
- Arby's Crispy Fish Sandwich - 570 calories
- Arby's Crispy Fish Sandwich - 540 calories
- Arby's KING'S HAWAIIAN Fish Deluxe Sandwich - 690 calories
- Arby's White Cheddar Mac 'n Cheese - 510 calories
Burger King Lent-Friendly Menu
Burger King has a couple of great meat-free menu items that are available year round. The Big Fish Sandwich has a panko breadcrumb coated Alaskan Pollock fillet, topped with tartar sauce, pickles and lettuce. Another great Lent-friendly option from Burger King is the Impossible Whopper. With a plant-based burger patty, the Impossible Whopper will allow you to enjoy the taste of a flame grilled burger while still avoiding meat.
Carl's Jr/Hardees Lent-Friendly Menu
While most fast food restaurants only provide lent-friendly options for lunch and dinner, Carl's Jr and Hardees offers some great breakfast options as well. In the morning, try the Beyond Sausage Burrito or Beyond Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit. Later in the day, the Beyond Famous Star and Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger are your best meat-free bets at Carl's Jr. Over at Hardees, the Beyond Thickburger is your lent-friendly lunch or dinner choice.
- Carl's Jr Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger - 740 calories
- Carl's Jr Beyond Famous Star with Cheese - 710 calories
- Hardee's Beyond Breakfast Sausage Biscuit - 530 calories
- Hardee's Beyond Thickburger - 840 calories
Chick-fil-A Lent-Friendly Menu
While best known for chicken, Chick-fil-A has a few salads on the menu that can be had without meat for a healthy, lent-friendly meal. Just be careful when you order, as the Cobb Salad has bacon bits that also need to be avoided!
- Chick-fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad without meat - 340 calories
- Chick-fil-A Market Salad Vegetarian - 210 calories
Taco Bell Lent-Friendly Menu
One of the most vegetarian-friendly fast food restaurants around is one you might not expect: Taco Bell, thanks to a variety of bean-filled burritos, bowls and cheese quesadillas. However, if you're a seafood lover, you'll find the Taco Bell menu lacking. Unlike some taco restaurants, Taco Bell does not have a fish taco option for lent.
Our favorite Taco Bell menu items for lent have to be the Veggie Power Bowl and Burrito... but that might just be because we're partial to avocado!
- Taco Bell 7-Layer Burrito - 440 calories
- Taco Bell Bean Burrito - 380 calories
- Taco Bell Black Bean Burrito - 390 calories
- Taco Bell Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito - 430 calories
- Taco Bell Cantina Power Burrito - Veggie - 430 calories
- Taco Bell Cantina Power Bowl - Veggie - 480 calories
- Taco Bell Cheese Quesadilla - 460 calories
Panera Lent-Friendly Menu
Another great option for a quick lunch during Lent is Panera. They have a variety of vegetarian salads, soups and sandwiches. Another good meat-free option is the Signature Mac and Cheese, which we just love to cozy up with on a cold day!
If you plan on making Panera your Lent lunch spot, you can have some fun by mixing it up! Get yourself half of a veggie or tuna sandwich and pair it with a vegetarian cup of soup for a tasty and filling Lent-friendly meal.
- Panera Signature Mac & Cheese - Small - 490 calories
- Panera Full Caesar Salad - Panera Full Greek Salad - 390 calories
- Panera Whole Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa - 520 calories
- Panera Whole Seasonal Greens Salad - 180 calories
- Panera Full Classic Grilled Cheese - 630 calories
- Panera Whole Four Cheese Grilled Cheese - 620 calories
- Panera Full Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich - 440 calories
- Panera Whole Modern Caprese Sandwich - 750 calories
- Panera Full Tuna Salad Sandwich - 650 calories
- Panera Bowl Black Bean Soup - 760 calories
- Panera Bowl Broccoli Cheddar Soup - 900 calories
- Panera Bowl Creamy Tomato Soup - 860 calories
- Panera Bowl Ten Vegetable Soup - 730 calories
- Panera Vegetarian Summer Corn Chowder Bowl - 880 calories
Wendy's Lent-Friendly Menu
- Wendy's North Pacific Cod Sandwich - 480 calories
Subway Lent-Friendly Menu
At Subway, customers can craft their own vegetarian sandwich for Lent. Just choose your bread, cheese and vegetables to make a meatless meal that is truly your own! But if that's not enough to satisfy you, try the Seafood Sensation or Tuna subs. And remember, any sandwich at Subway can also be made into a salad.