In need of interesting meals without beef, chicken or pork for Lent
- aphayes Mar 9, 2011 05:21 PM
My Lenten sacrifice this year is going to be meat (beef, chicken and pork). I am looking for hearty veggie recipes, as well as your favorites with seafood. I look forward to hearing your ideas :)
Macaroni with 4 Cheeses - Emeril Lagasse
South of the Border Veggie Chili with Fixins - Emeril Lagasse
Fettucine Alfredo - Emeril Lagasse
Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary - Giada de Laurentiis http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...
Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil - Giada de Laurentiis
Salmon Cakes - Ina Garten
Don't forget veggies! Whenever I go light on the meat, I have to remind myself to eat lots and lots of veggies, because it's easy to fall into eating pasta/sandwiches/wraps.
I'd make ratatouille- for when you're craving something rich and stewy (hey, that rhymed!).
Seafood risotto is particularly fantastic (if you don't have fish stock, do a 50/50 mix of clam juice and water); seared scallops go great with some lighter greens. Shrimp sautéed with garlic and seasoned with lime are a big hit around here, especially if you serve them with polenta and broccolini.
Mexican food in general: go heavier on the beans and spices, you probably won't notice the lack of meat. Rice, mashed black beans with jalapeño and garlic, and some crumbles of queso fresco is a go-to healthy lunch for me.
If my sacrifice were beef, chicken, and pork, you'd probably find me eating veal, duck, and lamb two days into Lent. That's not cheating, right??
My standard recipes for Lent in years past include:
Spinach and dill casserole
Oden (Japanese fish cake hotpot)
Fideuda (Vermicelli paella with aioli)
Curried fish patties
Roasted eggplant omelets
Chipotle mac-n-cheese with garlic crumbs
Tuna macaroni salad
Tofu and kimchi stew
Spicy roast fish with lemon tahini dressing
Bamia (okra stew)
Cheese and green strata
Stir fried shrimp and noodles
Whole fried fish with seasoned soy sauce
Vinegar marinated trout
Red curry shrimp
Sarson ka saag (slow-cooked Indian mustard greens)
And of course it just wouldn't be Lent without fish sticks for at least a few meals here and there.
Stuffed artichoke, with or without shrimp/crawfish (which you should chop up a bit, otherwise the thing comes out the size of a hubcap). Use different cheeses, olives, anchovy, capers, garlic and as little an amount of breadcrumbs as you can get away with (in contravention of the commercial trend over 30 years to make the whole thing out of breadcrumbs and charge $12.00 for it).
Right now, I'm munching on leftover soba noodles with peanut sauce, lots of veggies and tofu. Even without the tofu, the soba noodles are really, really hearty and good for you.
Also, don't forget eggs. Stew some veggies and chickpeas together and serve with crusty bread and a poached egg. Frittatas make a great dinner.
And when in doubt, check out Ottolenghi's column. The cauliflower cake is incredible: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...