Vegetable Tortilla and Fish Wraps
One may use any fish, such as cod, sea bass, white fish, or tuna fillets: if you have a party outside Lent, use salmon fillets for a treat. By the way, I never fry fish, but lightly grill or broil it. Broil fish or use grill with a small amount of olive oil
Take green spinach wraps and place fish in wraps
add spring onions and ground pepper to taste
Add either green chili sauce, or red chili sauce on top. Picante sauce was a favourite in the family.
Serve with fresh tomatoes and Parmesan cheese on the dairy day.
Lentils and Leeks
Cook either red or brown lentils, drain well
Add ground pepper, sauteed onions (in olive oil- no dairy), and a bit of coriander seed, paprika,
parsley and thyme. I put rosemary in everything--see below on herbs.
Cut up leeks and fry in olive oil.
Red beets, brown rice and nuts with vegetables but not mixed, please...
Buy red beets. Boil fresh beets. Drain and cut in slices. Cool and marinate with balsamic vinegar.
Barely cook celery, red and green peppers, and carrots as well separately. Saute onions or use fresh spring onions. Use olive oil. Carrots may be omitted.
Make brown rice and drain as usual. Choose nuts which are low in strong tastes, such as walnuts and not peanuts or pine nuts. Chop up nuts and add celery, peppers, onions, carrots, all lightly sauteed in oil above. Do not overcook veggies. Spice with pepper, rosemary, basil, and mint. Serve beets on the side with balsamic vinegar or if marinated as suggested, better. Serve cooked veggies on top of rice. I used sea salt on veggies, but never cook with salt.
Serve with pita bread and olives, and if it is a dairy day, use feta cheese with pita bread. You can cheat and buy ready-made red beets in vinegar or pickled beets. Also, can serve with raita--family favourite--with the pita or Naan bread.
Use romaine and red leaf lettuce or a mixture of spring greens. Cut up assortment of olives, spring onions, even small pickled onions. Add feta cheese and pine nuts, or if allergic to pine nuts, use walnuts.
Lightly toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Serve with garlic bread if is a non-dairy day made with oil, not butter
Or, serve with vegetable soup mix below.
Asian Lettuce and Vegetable Soup for Lent
Use non-meat stock made with butter beans and haricot beans in large soup pot.
Use carrots, celery and red potatoes as wanted, but potatoes are optional in this Asian-like soup--add kale shredded so that it breaks down, or for a stronger taste, use Asian Mix Lettuce. Use one large onion. Two to three bay leaves. One can also use a little bit of lemon grass, but not too much.
I usually make this the day before I serve it so that the flavors have a chance to set.
Add garlic, rosemary, turmeric, pepper, and ginger. Paprika may also be used.
Make day before serving and cook in large soup pot
Use fresh kidney beans and fresh navy beans. Two large onions. Cook well with garlic, cinnamon, oregano, paprika, chili, marjoram, cumin and pepper to taste. I also throw in several bay leaves.
Add to large soup pot, one even tablespoon unsweetened cocoa. Use two large cans tomatoes and two cans tomato paste. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes. If you use less water, you may put this chili on a baked potato. I usually made it as chili soup, with more water.
Serve with crackers and cheese, if a dairy day, or if a non-dairy day, with pita bread, lettuce, onion, and tuna. Or serve with pita chips and olives.
Tuna goes further if used as an accompaniment to another dish, such as soup and rice. Tuna can be used easily in pita bread sandwiches, with spring onions, tomatoes, (I omit cucumber, as I am allergic, but that is a possibility) and olives. Remember which day is the non-dairy. We just omitted meat entirely except for Sunday.
On the dairy day, take Brie and add small amount of butter. Place under broiler for six minutes or so depending on age of Brie. Serve hot with flat bread or garlic bread. You may add nuts such as almonds. to top of Brie under the broiler, if so desire for more protein. Can serve with simple salad, as it is rich. Nice on a cold day in Lent.
A variation of the Hot Brie is to take cherry tomatoes, cover lightly in olive oil and grill, serving tomatoes on top of Brie with bread.
Cold Tomatoes and Asiago Cheese
Cut up tomatoes in slices. Cut up cheese in slices and serve on tomatoes with basil. Serve with large crusty bread slices or Bethlehem Bread, which is not the one which has yeast but the flat bread with herbs, sometimes called Holy Land Bread.
Also, we use pita bread more than any other, as well as tortillas for wraps. One does not have to buy the expensive wraps, as tortillas work just as well as the flavoured wraps.
I shall share some curry recipes next time I do this type of posting. Meatless and dairy-less curries are easy.
I apologize for no measurements, but I never measured in my life. I cook by taste and a little bit of this and a little bit of that....