Healthy meal ideas for meatless Fridays during Lent
By Brittany Anas
According to numbers from the Pew Research Center, there are 75 million Catholics living in the United States. During the season of Lent, many Catholics will be giving up meat on Friday. A healthy substitute? Fish (so long as it’s not fried). While some vegetarians would consider fish a meat, it’s allowed in the faith as an alternative to meat as it’s not a land animal.
The Lenten season (which is the spiritual 40-day season leading up to Easter) runs from March 5 through April 17 this year. For those giving up meat on Fridays, here are some healthy alternatives and easy meal ideas — because by the end of the week, let’s face it, it’s tough to plan meals.
- Lent specials from Omaha Steaks: Omaha Steaks has recently added fish to its menu. What better way to celebrate the end of the week by letting somebody else do the meal prep for you? In recognition of Lent, Omaha Steaks has pre-prepped, healthy meals that are all on major sale as part of their “Lent Special.” Additionally, you’ll get 5 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com at Omaha Steaks. Some of the offerings? A seafood sampler for the whole Lenten season. It comes with halibut fillets, wild salmon fillets, mahi mahi fillets, and swordfish steaks. Stock up your freezer and serve with veggies or rice. The Family Meals for Lent selection has enough for four big meals — including fire-roasted lemon and garlic tilapia, fire-roasted salmon fillets, tortilla-crusted tilapia and pub-style cod.
- Smoked salmon: Make a cobb salad, but instead of ham and bacon — switch out some smoked salmon. Either smoke a salmon filet with some honey wood chips. You can also use the smoked salmon in a tomato bisque or try a salmon burger. (Check out the Honey Smoked Fish Co. for where you can buy smoked fish or order online).
- Bagels and Lox deal at Einstein’s: Get a free salmon sandwich with the purchase of a salmon sandwich at Einstein’s Bagel Co. now through March 16. Find the coupon here. Einstein’s has a Nova Lox sandwich and a new honey smoked salmon sandwich.
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