Jamaicans celebrate Easter and observe the season of Lent which is traditionally observed with contrite prayer, fasting and the deprivation of things such as meat, alcohol, sweets or other types of food.
So how is a ‘foodie’ expected to survive during the season of Lent? Having given up meat myself, I have had to find interesting and creative ways to satisfy my appetite. Believe me; it’s not as hard as you think. Of course we all love the chicken, the beef and oh the ‘beloved swine’. However, for a short period, our bodies can enjoy a meatless diet that is fulfilling and fun!
You can still enjoy a pizza on a Friday night with the kids. Veggies make great toppings or add different types of cheese for more zest.
A delightful 'veggie' stew served over a bed of steaming rice is always sure to please! '
Since fish is no longer seen as a ‘penitential’ food, many lent observers resort to eating fish during this sacred period. Whether baked or steamed…curried or Cajun style – the choices are endless.
How about tacos with veggie mince or perhaps pasta in a light tomato and parmesan sauce?…both sound good to me.
You see, going meatless for Lent may seem challenging at first, but with a little creativity and planning, I guarantee you won’t starve. In fact, maybe going meatless can become a lifestyle change – or not. But trust me when I say… there are waaaay too many recipes to keep your forty days and nights full of flavour.
Give it a try!
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