Many of our Randall Beans fans celebrate Lent, the time of year where they give up something they love for 40 days. Many observers of Lent opt to sacrifice things like chocolate, caffeine, social media, smoking and even cursing.
Another common choice is giving up red meat. For meat eaters, this sacrifice can be even harder than smoking or chocolate! Many turn to fish for these 40 days as a substitute and a good way to get their protein. But don’t forget about beans!
Beans can be paired with fish to create many fabulous Lent recipes! Here’s a few of our own, as well as a couple of our favorites!
This recipe from Pink Parsley is a fabulously simple way to prepare your fish and beans. Stuffing all your ingredients into a “hobo pocket” really lets all the flavors meld together. Butter, chipotle, garlic and orange zest all soak into the fish (any white fish will do) leaving it perfectly steamed, moist and flavorful! The juices then coat the bed of corn and black beans underneath, permeating these flavors even more. It’s such a simple recipe and we can’t get enough of it!
Lent just so happens to fall during a chilly time of the year, making this recipe great on multiple fronts. The combination of fish and beans in this chowder also makes it an extremely heart-healthy and low-calorie dish. The broth can be made ahead of time, adding the fish when you are ready to serve. While we prefer cod for this recipe, you can substitute other fish with a mild taste and a delicate texture like trout or flounder.
Pinch of Yum has a fish and bean recipe that will add some decadence to your Lent eating. Barramundi (or whichever white fish you have access to or prefer) is the base to which loads of delicious butter, garlic, basil, tomatoes, broth and white beans join to create a rich sauce. Eat it on its own as a stew or serve it over rice or pasta for a fuller meal. This dish also pairs well alongside a light salad of greens and some crusty bread to soak up the juices.
This blackened salmon explodes with smoky and spicy flavors and is complimented wonderfully by the smooth flavor of rice pilaf with beans. The smoky, Cajun seasonings used in this recipe are a nice change of pace from some of the richer, butter heavy fish recipes you often find. It pairs perfectly with this simple bean pilaf. With a total prep and cook time of under 45-30 minutes, this is also a great last-minute meal.
Want more meatless bean recipes for Lent? Our recipe collection is full of them! Take a look!