It’s that time of year when many of us make some changes in our lives as part of the Lenten season. I know several people who are giving up meat and many who will be adhering to a more simple diet as they reflect on the meaning of the season. Here are some recipes that are meatless and pretty easy to make. I know I plan on making several of these over the next few weeks. I hope you will too.
These Fish Cakes can be made with any fish really. You can even used canned salmon. Everyone in my house loves these. Perfect for Fridays during Lent.
Of course I was going to provide you with a shocking green recipe! My Spinach and Pear Soup has so many great flavors. If you leave out the blue cheese and yogurt, it turns from vegetarian to vegan.
Asparagus and Brie Orzo is my suggestion for meatless pasta. Use another veggie if you aren’t fond of Asparagus. You can also omit the cheese to keep this vegan, too.
Does your family enjoy Lentils? Then how about these tasty Curried Lentils? I happen to love this recipe and make it for myself pretty often. You can add apples to it to give a sweet contrast to the curry and any spices you add. Delicious!
I really love salmon! This Maple Glazed Salmon has a slightly sweet flavor. It’s great on the grill but you can bake it too, if you simply can’t get yourself to grill when it’s below 70.
I don’t know about you, but I am happy to have Lent upon us. It reminds me that it’s time to renew myself. And it also is a pleasant reminder that spring is very close.
Costco was giving out beautiful recipes cookbooks last week. We were fortunate enough to get one. It was stuffed with some excellent recipe ideas. I’m looking forward to trying many of them and sharing them with you here.
The first recipe that caught my eye was a recipe for Tilapia baked in a muffin tin, stuffed with creamed spinach. It sounded good to me but the aversion to spinach is very strong for one member of my household. I decided if I was going to make any fish this way, I would have to modify the stuffing. I decided to go with rice with some chopped broccoli and onion.
6 tilapia filets, cut in thin strips
I cup rice, prepared according to the package directions to yield three cups cooked rice
2 cups chopped broccoli
1/2 chopped red onion
1/3 cup or more broth
1/3 cup cheese
1. Combine the prepared rice with the veggies, broth and cheese.
2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Line the cups with a slice of fish so it’s around the outside edge of the cup.3. Spoon some of the rice mixture into each muffin cup.
4. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes until the fish is done.
In spite of my efforts to stuff the “muffins” with something more pleasing to the spinach hater, he still refused to eat these. But my faithful assistant loved them so much that he took them for lunch two days in a row.
I can think of so many ways to make these. I’m really looking forward to trying them again. I may even use my Crab Cakes a la Paula as a stuffing!
If you prefer to use something other than rice, you can use quinoa or just some chopped vegetables. You’ll need to add something to the vegetables to keep them together. Maybe some breadcrumbs with the cheese. This is another recipe that has endless possibilities.
As promised, I am finding some interesting things to do with all my maple syrup. Here’s an easy glaze for grilled salmon you might enjoy!
Maple Glazed Salmon
1/4 cup maple syrup
One to two oz vinegar of choice – I used rice vinegar because that was all I had
Two oz chopped cherries
1. Put the liquids in a measuring cup.
2. Add the chopped cherries until the total amount of stuff you have is 5-6 oz (depending on if you used one or two ounces of vinegar),
3. Blend it all until smooth.
4. Pour over uncooked salmon and marinate for at least six hours.
5. Grill to perfection!
Did you notice that I have a half a plate of veggies? And I’m happy to report that everyone had the same amount of veggies and everyone ate them all! The salmon had a slightly sweet flavor and I love the way the sugar made the meat charred in places. Yum!
I’m still coming up with new and interesting ways to use my maple syrup. Next up, something for breakfast!