Submitted by Naihomy Jerez, Susanna Bellido Cummings and Veronica Giolli
Looking for menu ideas for meatless mains to serve Fridays during Lent, all the way to Easter—that are authentic and sabrosos? We get it.
If you are giving up carne for Lent, consider these Familia Kitchen Healthy & Delicioso dishes that are favorite with Latinx families all year long and especially in the Lenten season all the way hasta Semana Santa.
Try these 3 Lent-Friendly Meatless Mains
Naihomy’s Super-Saludable Dominican Lentil Soup
Submitted by Naihomy Jerez of New York
Naihomy taps into her Dominican heritage to whip up this savory, super-healthy and totally sabroso lentil soup full of flavor and vegetables. She uses traditional ingredients from her family’s culinary roots, like limes, yuca and auyama pumpkin. This dish is a trusted choice for Lent Friday dinner. It’s filling, delicious and a favorite of her entire family. Parents can also make and freeze it ahead, for a easy, fast and deliocioso Friday night dinner—during Lent or any time of year.
Bellido Familia’s Fish Ceviche with Lime, Red Onion and Ají
Submitted By Susana Bellido Cummings of New Hampshire
“After a day at the beach with friends, nothing like a plate of just-made ceviche, washed down with ice-cold beer at one of the rustic restaurants in the village of San Andrés. As we ate ceviche de pescado, conchas or mixto, we would watch fishermen fend off seagulls to unload their day’s work on the dock. For decades, my immediate family, now living in the U.S., has tried to bring back those memories” writes Susanna.
A double serving of this lime-fresh treat is also perfecto for Lent, offering a meatless main with a side of seaside memories to help us get through the cold winter months.
Veronica’s Pozole Verde with No Meat and Mucho Flavor
Submitted by Veronica Giolli of California
Traditionally, green pozole includes pork or chicken, but a meatless and vegan approach is healthier for people working to: 1. lower cholesterol levels, 2. lower blood sugar levels, 3. improve kidney function, 4. reduce arthritis pain, 5. cool down fiery/intense emotions.
This no-carne pozole is a delicious dinner choice for Lenten Fridays. “My intention is that this spicy dish will not only bring you and your family together warmly, but it will also leave you feeling full—in your belly, heart and soul,” writes Veronica.
Find more no-meat meal-planning ideas in our Healthy & Delicioso section here at Familia Kitchen.