Not eating meat during the whole week of Lent is a usual thing for most Filipinos, especially the Catholics.


Some say this tradition was started in memory of Jesus Christ’s 40 days in the desert, while others believe that Catholics abstain from meat during the lent week because they have to sacrifice something, and in this case, not eating animal meat. I even remember when I was a kid, I had to wait until Easter Sunday just to eat my favorite burgers.


That said, I want to share with you some Lent recipes that you can use in case you run out of no-meat meal ideas.



Lumpiang Sariwa


The best alternative for meat? Vegetables, of course.


We Filipinos love meryendas, so the first recipe that I will share is the delectable Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Spring Roll. This dish is super scrumptious, though it takes so much time to prepare as you have to do all the chopping and wrapping.


Here are the ingredients:



•    2 cups sweet potato, cubed

•    2 tbsp fish sauce (patis)

•    1 lb cabbage, shredded

•    1 ½ cup carrots, julienned

•    ½ cup water

•    ½ cup peanuts, crushed

•    6 pieces Lettuce leaves

•    1 pack extra firm tofu, sliced in strips

•    1 cup shrimp, shelled and deveined

•    2 cups string beans (baguio beans), chopped

•    1 medium sized onions, chopped

•    ½ cup cilantro, chopped

•    3 tbsp garlic, minced



•    1 cup all-purpose flour

•    2 pieces raw eggs

•    2 tbsp cooking oil

•    ½ tsp salt

•    1½ cups milk



•    1 tbsp soy sauce

•    ½ cup brown sugar

•    2 cups water

•    1 tbsp garlic, minced

•    2 tbsp corn starch (diluted in 4 tbsp water)



To learn how to make Lumpiang Sariwa, watch this video. Or, check out the full recipe here.





Tuna Burgers


Canned tuna doesn’t always have to be boring. Get one of those stacked ones and turn it into tuna patties that kids and the entire family would surely love!




•    1 (6 ounce) canned tuna, drained

•    1 egg

•    1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

•    1/3 cup minced onion

•    1/4 cup minced celery

•    1/4 cup minced red bell pepper

•    1/4 cup mayonnaise

•    2 tablespoons chili sauce

•    1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

•    1/4 teaspoon salt

•    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

•    1 dash hot pepper sauce

•    1 dash Worcestershire sauce

•    4 hamburger buns

•    1 tomato, sliced

•    4 leaves of lettuce (optional)



Watch the video below to learn how to prepare your first tuna burger, or read the full recipe here.




Ginataang Alimasag


Unless you have allergies, you have no reason not to cook and eat seafood this coming Holy week. Ginataang Alimasag is one of my favorite seafood dishes cooked in coconut milk and chilies. It may look difficult to prepare, but I’m telling you, it’s not.


The ingredients you need:


•    3 lbs blue crabs (Alimasag)

•    2 tbsp shrimp paste

•    1 tbsp fish sauce

•    1 tsp garlic, minced

•    1 medium-sized onion, minced

•    1 knob ginger, cut into thin strips

•    3 tbsp cooking oil

•    4 cups coconut milk

•    ½ tsp ground black pepper

•    1 bunch fresh spinach

•    6 pieces Thai chili


For your assistance, watch this cooking video:



Full recipe here!


I’ll be sharing more Lenten recipes with you guys. But for now, why don’t you share with us your food alternatives for the Holy week?