Explore the world through new flavors and help fight world hunger.
By: Jodie Shield, RDN
Lent is almost over. Still need some meatless meal ideas? Check out CRS Rice Bowl and discover how what you give up for Lent can change lives. You and your family can transform your meatless Friday meals into an international dining experience and fight world hunger. Once again, CRS is offering five simple, easy-to-prepare, meatless recipes from countries around the globe and inviting everyone to donate the savings from not eating meat – about $3 per person per meal – to help feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. Each global kitchen recipe features an inspiring cultural story of a person from the country where the recipe originated, along with how-to tips from CRS volunteer families who prepared the recipes. There’s also a free app available for you to quickly download the recipes, track your meatless meal savings, read daily reflections, and much more.
For the past four years, I have been analyzing the recipes for CRS Rice Bowl and this year’s recipe lineup offers a tasty eating adventure. Each Friday during the 40 days of Lent, I will be sharing one the Global Kitchen recipes from Colombia, Laos, Rwanda, Honduras, and Madagascar. And if you purchase my app Time To Eat Healthy, I will be donating all of the profits made during Lent to CRS Rice Bowl. This week’s Friday menu comes from Madagascar.
4 – 5 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
2 tablespoons fair trade olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 medium tomato, diced
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
3 cups packed collard greens or kale
1 cup rice
2 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in medium-sized pot. Add onion, tomato, garlic and ginger, and sauté until just tender. Add collard greens or kale, and stir 1 minute. Add rice, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes or until water is absorbed.
Nutritional Information per serving: 215 calories, 4 grams protein, 36 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 2 grams fiber, 11 milligrams sodium
Need another international meatless meal? Check out this video for fried plantains with Beans from the Democratic Republic of Congo!
Note: CRS (Catholic Relief Services) is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in 91 countries, without regard to race, religion, or nationality.