Many of our Randall Beans fans celebrate Lent, the time of year where they give up something they love for 40 days. Many observers of Lent opt to sacrifice things like chocolate, caffeine, social media, smoking and even cursing.

Another common choice is giving up red meat. For meat eaters, this sacrifice can be even harder than smoking or chocolate! Many turn to fish for these 40 days as a substitute and a good way to get their protein. But don’t forget about beans!

Beans can be paired with fish to create many fabulous Lent recipes! Here’s a few of our own, as well as a couple of our favorites!


Tuscan Fish Chowder

Lent just so happens to fall during a chilly time of the year, making this recipe great on multiple fronts. The combination of fish and beans in this chowder also makes it an extremely heart-healthy and low-calorie dish.  The broth can be made ahead of time, adding the fish when you are ready to serve.  While we prefer cod for this recipe, you can substitute other fish with a mild taste and a delicate texture like trout or flounder.


Garlic Basil White Fish Skillet with Tomato Butter Sauce

Pinch of Yum has a fish and bean recipe that will add some decadence to your Lent eating. Barramundi (or whichever white fish you have access to or prefer) is the base to which loads of delicious butter, garlic, basil, tomatoes, broth and white beans join to create a rich sauce. Eat it on its own as a stew or serve it over rice or pasta for a fuller meal. This dish also pairs well alongside a light salad of greens and some crusty bread to soak up the juices.


Want more meatless bean recipes for Lent? Our recipe collection is full of them! Take a look!