Lent begins this year on Wednesday, March 6th. It’s the perfect time to show off your best seafood dishes, but it’s also become a great opportunity to expand your meatless menu. With plant proteins on the rise and more customers looking for veggie focused dishes, there are plenty of directions your Lenten menu can go! Below are three veggie focused ideas for Lent.
Ancient Grain Bowls
You may have seen grain bowls popping up more and more on menus lately. Grain bowls are a great way to incorporate a variety of textures and flavors into one dish. These are easily adaptable to many dietary needs, such as gluten intolerance, and are also the perfect vessel for lean meats, like grilled chicken or salmon. Try Simplot’s easy recipe for ancient grains with a microgreens salad and Asian dressing.
Sandwiches are a fast and easy option for the work day. You probably have your tuna salad sandwiches ready for Lent, but do you have an enticing veggie sandwich option? Sandwiches with global flavors like the Bahn Mi have been steadily growing in popularity. Using hearty mushrooms is a smart way to make them a tasty meatless option! Try Ken’s recipe for a Veggie Bahn Mi!
For a long time, portobello mushroom “burgers” and “steaks” ruled the veggie scene. Now, many are looking to cauliflower for new center of the plate experiences. Prepared right, this hearty vegetable can act as your star of the meal. Try Kogi’s recipe for a spicy cauliflower steak with Boom Boom Sauce.
Lent is the perfect time to try out new veggie centered dishes that may become a staple vegetarian option for your menu or a special for meatless Mondays! Give any of these delicious recipes a try and let us know what you think!