If you’re struggling with what you can and can’t eat during Lent, there’s no need to worry. We’ve put together a list of food and drinks you can eat leading up to Easter, while still keeping your expert culinary status.
Challenge your technique and creativity with a seafood paella or with whole fried fish. When you’re avoiding meat entirely, there are plenty of bean dishes that will satisfy your cravings. Mint tea is a soothing substitute for caffeinated beverages and a soft poached pear or fresh fruit salad are satisfying, low-sugar desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Panko and Herb-Crusted Cod Fillets
Though you’ll often see cod fillets fried on American menus, cooking it under a broiler allows you to add layers of toppings, and the fish’s delicate flavor is brought out and brightened by the tang and aroma of citrus. This large-format recipe uses the full captain’s cut (the meaty top two-thirds of the fillet located near the head). It is relatively even in thickness, making it ideal for roasting and broiling, and can serve a crowd. Get the recipe for Panko and Herb-Crusted Cod Fillets »
Dolmakadia, the Greek word for stuffed grape leaves, is one of the most iconic recipes of Greek cuisine and, although there are many varieties, the meatless version is the most common. In the warmer months, try to find and use fresh grape leaves; they are more tender and flavorful than the jarred types. Out of season, jarred leaves are a fine substitute (we prefer the Orlando brand). Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves With Rice and Herbs (Dolmadakia)
Seema Ahmed prepares mekunu, a mullet dish of her native Maldives.