Since Holy Week is all about fasting, would it not be great to prepare meat-free dishes that you and the whole family can happily share during this long holiday? Let Everything Cebu give you 5 delicious suggestions:
This recipe that's primarily composed of sauteed mung bean sprout is personally one of my favorite Filipino food. Ginisang togue is both healthy and delicious, making it an ideal family food this Holy Week. You cook the mung bean sprout with carrots, bell pepper, and shrimp or tofu. Want to know the other benefits of its main ingredient? Well, mung bean sprouts are free from cholesterol and full of fiber!
Sinigang na Hipon
If you are into soups, you need not miss the all-time favorite Sinigang na Baboy or Baka for a Holy Week-friendly version can be easily prepared. Sinigang na hipon still has that classic sour, tongue-tickling taste, thanks to the natural sourness of tamarind which is mixed with the soup's ingredients in the middle of the cooking process. You may also make use of an artificial sour-inducing ingredient, such as a powdered tamarind, to complete your Sinigang na hipon. Or better yet, experiment with other sour fruits, like guava, tomato, kamias, green mango, pineapple, and wild mangosteen or santol.
Also called lumpiang sariwa in Tagalog and Fresh Spring Rolls in some restaurants, this recipe is another great Holy Week food for it is free from any meat yet has a taste that will surely satisfy the gastronomic cravings of both young and old. Plus, it's so easy to prepare! All you need are soft and non-fried wrapper, a range of vegetables, and sweet sauce with peanuts. Other famous variations of this recipe are the lumpiang ubod (made with heart of palm) and lumpiang hubad or the unwrapped lumpiang sariwa.
Another classic favorite by lots of Cebuano and Filipino households, tortang talong is an eggplant omelet that's fried. Firstly, the talong or eggplant is grilled. Secondly, it is soaked in a beaten egg mixture. Thirdly, it is fried. Yes, the cooking process is that simple, but every taste of this vegetable dish is always a no-ordinary experience. Just don't forget to pair it with hot rice and banana ketchup to have a healthy and delicious meal this Holy Week.
You can actually try other types of fish for this recipe, but the lapu-lapu or grouper can be the most ideal option. Before steaming, stuff the lapu-lapu with lemon and ginger as well as sweet lemon-ginger sauce. And what do you get from eating this steamed recipe? Well, aside from the fact that it tastes good, fish is a low-calorie food that may help cut the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and depression!
Atchara, buttered garlic shrimp, laing, and ginataang alimasag are other best bets during the Lenten season. Whatever food you choose to prepare, know that what matters most really is that you can do your part in the Catholic year's fasting period and be able to share happy, satisfying meals with the whole family during the Holy Week holiday.