Mardi Gras beads are flying in New Orleans and feathers and flash are on display at Brazil's Carnaval, but for many, a solemn event has begun. Lent, the six-week period before Easter, began in early February. For Catholics, Lent is a time of reflection and renewal and is approached with a commitment to lead a simpler life. The 40-days of Lent are also punctuated by fasts and vegetarian or meatless days.
But just because you've vowed to stay away from the butcher shop doesn't mean you have to leave the table hungry (or unsatisfied). Here, a collection of meatless meals to keep you full on your journey and vegetarian options to help you get ready for Spring.
The Food Network's Simply Delicioso star offers her take on a seafood bouillabaisse: salmon, shrimp, scallops, and calamari are simmered in a savory sweet broth of coconut milk, fish broth, garlic, and sofrito and served alongside crusty bread.
In this dish, whole red snapper is smothered in a bold salsa of stewed tomatoes, sautéed onion and garlic, earthy parsley, and bright cilantro.
This Ecuadorian dish's various notes sing out distinctly—the bright flavors and acidity of the citrus fruits and tomato, the heat and crunch of the jalapeño and onion, the smooth savor of the olive oil, the tender sweetness of the crabmeat, the pungent leafiness of the cilantro, and the gentle spike of the salt all fall into perfect harmony.
Shrimp, squash, and potatoes make these enchiladas a delicious and hearty meal, especially with the addition of seasonal Hatch chiles. If Hatch chiles aren't in season, you can substitute another chile of your liking. Make it as hot (or as not) as you like.
"This dish is in memory of my Aunt Carmen," says Top Chef alum Angelo Sosa, the creator of this traditional Flaked Cod Fish. "She used to make it when I was a child and whenever I cook it, the flavors and aromas totally remind me of her. The funny thing is, the first time I made this myself I didn’t even have the recipe; I just remembered watching her make it and knew how it should come together. I miss you, Aunt Carmen," Sosa said.