Explore the world through new flavors and help fight world hunger.
By: Jodie Shield, RDN
Got any fasting plans for Lent? 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 Laos.
Rice and Lentil Mash
4 – 6 servings
Prepration time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
1½ cup rice
1½ cup lentils
5 cups water
1 bunch spring onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
4 eggs, whisked
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fair trade olive oil
Parsley (to garnish)
- In a large pot, cover lentils and rice in water and soak for 10–15 minutes. Next, bring water to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
- In a separate pan, sauté garlic and onions in oil until translucent, then add to rice-and-lentil mixture. Season to taste.
- While stirring, slowly pour whisked eggs into the rice-and-lentil mixture; the egg should spread out in “ribbons.ˮ Add parsley to mixture or as garnish to each plate. Serve hot.
Nutritional Information per serving: 446 calories, 21 grams protein, 71 grams carbohydrate, 9 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 124 milligrams cholesterol, 12 grams fiber, 64 milligrams sodium
Need another international meatless meal? Check out this video for Gallo Pinto from Nicaragua!
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.