Lent Food Hacks
Published: March 2, 2016 | Updated: July 29, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Lifestyle
Holy week is just around the corner. Many Catholics will give up meat, or fast for the next forty days and forty nights – or just on Fridays until Holy Week hits.
Not everybody gives up eating meat, perhaps owing to dietary requirements or being of another religion.
Given that choices will be limited to seafood and vegetables, how do you plan food around your friends and family who may be giving up eating meat for Lent? Here are a few Lent food hacks you or your favorite cook can put together.
Fare from the Sea
Seafood is actually a pretty versatile ingredient and goes well with a variety of spices and vegetables. Barring that anyone is actually allergic to seafood among your friends and family, there are a lot of dishes beyond the usual fried fish or sinigang that you can try.
Let’s take chicken curry. It’s tangy and makes your mouth water at the sight of it. A curry that uses fish instead – fish fillet, to be precise – check out this mouth-watering recipe from Filipino Style Recipes. Yes, it still has carrots and potatoes and isn’t particular about the type of fish you use. Tuna, salmon, or tanigue fillet is ideal.
Another interesting change you can try is seafood Kare-Kare. It’s pretty much what you’d expect: slathered in peanut sauce, bagoong, and absolutely delicious. Try out the healthy variation from Del Monte, which calls for squid, taba ng talangka, and tahong. Yum!
Veggies are Good for You
Moms and dads, you know what it’s like to have to get your kids to eat their veggies. You’re lucky if they like the stuff. Imagine what it’d be like to tell them that it’s either fish or veggies and you might have a mini-food war on your hands.
You can try out this Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna recipe from Simply Recipes. It’s a vegetarian dish, but for the purposes of the season and so that you can deal with the finicky eaters, it definitely works.
If you’d like to make something that’s equal parts challenging and a bit of an all-rounder, you can give this Eggy Veggie Bake from All Recipes’ Lent section a try. You can tweak it with veggies that you prefer.
Mix it Up
You can go with the standards of home-cooked meals. They’re always good and familiar, plus you can never go wrong with a great chopsuey or cream dory fillet with fried eggplant. These are just some of the few variations of food using seafood and veggies that you can whip up over the course of the Lenten season. Feel free to experiment with your own standards and see what you come up with.
These are just some of the few variations of food using seafood and vegetables that you can whip up over the course of the Lenten season. Feel free to experiment with your own standards and see what you come up with.
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