Searching for Lent recipes means different things for different households. Some parishioners abstain from meat and dairy products completely, indicating a strictly vegetarian diet. Others simply cut out a favorite rich food or eschew only red meat. Here is a selection of popular French recipes to meet your dietary needs during the Lenten season.
When one thinks of palmiers – the tiny scroll-like pastries - sweet, flaky cookies come to mind. While these are flaky and delicate like the original, that’s where the similarities end. This recipe for basil palmiers uses a pesto-like filling of fresh basil and garlic for a wonderful, savory flavor.
This roasted beet salad is a wonderful, healthy dish to make anytime you have access to fresh beets. It’s a whole beet salad because the entire beet – root, stem, and greens – can be used in this recipe. Any vinaigrette or citronette dressing can be used to garnish this versatile salad, but blood orange dressing really makes the flavors pop.
This easy mix is known as a tri-color salad. Any mix of red and green leaf lettuce can be used. Romaine is a great green lettuce because it is so versatile. Use the red-leaf lettuce for a mild flavor and radicchio for a slightly sharper taste. Make your own signature version of the salad by using a homemade vinaigrette dressing.
This fish in toasted pecan butter sauce recipe takes the homey flavors of a backcountry Cajun fish fry and merges them with the elegant nuances of a New Orleans restaurant. Pureed toasted pecans add incredible depth and silky texture to a garlic and hot pepper-infused butter sauce. This fantastic meal can be made so easily that it works for a thrown-together weeknight meal or a planned dinner party.