We are in the Post Office and do you think the options are limited? In fact, it’s a false belief that if you stop eating meat, you’re automatically and limited to making delicious meals, which will leave you licking your fingers and wanting another serving.
I have a friend who says you can cook anything without meat, except steak. Although, if I think of the latest culinary innovations, we can even fast for steak. One of the big mistakes we make in the kitchen is not giving free rein to our imagination and not letting our taste buds conquer new territories.
When you let your creativity work in your stomach, the results can be amazing, and fasting may not be a time when you feel limited by certain ingredients. Below we have prepared three menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner on an empty stomach, three examples that you can eat on an empty stomach delicious and very healthy!
Here’s what we cooked in Eva.ro’s kitchen (can’t you imagine we haven’t tested the recipes yet?)
At breakfast: oatmeal with vegetable nut drink
- 250 ml Carpos vegetable drink made from nuts
- 50g rolled oats
- 6-8 walnuts
- A banana
How is it prepared:
In a saucepan of suitable size, pour the vegetable drink and add the oat flakes.
Put everything on low heat and stir constantly. Leave the mixture on the heat until the oats puff up (you will notice that they will change a little in shape and texture).
After removing from the heat, put everything in a bowl and add the cinnamon to taste, then the walnuts and the sliced banana.
We must speak here of the vegetable drink Carpos!
Three years ago, Olympus launched a range of 100% vegetable drinks, Carpos. It is a nutritious alternative to milk and is aimed at those looking for vegetable products with a high nutritional content and at people with food intolerances since they do not contain lactose or gluten and have a low level of calories and of saturated fats.
Carpos drinks are available in 11 variants including 4 unsweetened (no added sugar) with five flavors: nuts, pistachios, coconut, oats or almonds.
Finally, they are ideal for fasting, the best alternative to milk and the best choice for cooking!
For lunch: Creamy Broccoli Pasta
- 450g dough
- 400g broccoli
- 400 ml Carpos unsweetened vegetable drink made from oats
- 6 tablespoons of flour
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
How is it prepared:
To start, boil the pasta according to package directions. We break the broccoli into small florets and boil it with water and salt for 3-4 minutes (Warning: 3-4 minutes after the water has boiled!).
In another saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the flour.
Stir continuously until the flour is well incorporated, then slowly add the vegetable oat drink. Add the garlic powder, salt and pepper (to taste), then simmer, 7 to 8 minutes, until the sauce thickens, stirring often. In the end, you guessed it, we put the whole composition on the pasta and… it is eaten with relish.
For dinner: Cream of cauliflower soup with vegetable drink made from almonds
- 450g cauliflower
- 300 ml Carpos vegetable drink with almonds
- A celery
- An onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- A parsnip
- 250ml water
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
How is it prepared:
We unpack the cauliflower in bunches so that it is ready when it is our turn. Celery, parsnips, onions and garlic are finely chopped. In a saucepan, pour the oil then add the onion and garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes and add the rest of the vegetables. Now is the time to add salt and pepper. Simmer for 1-2 minutes, then pour the vegetable drink, then the water. Let simmer for 20-25 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let cool for a few minutes. Using a blender, mix the contents until you obtain a fine cream.
It is served with croutons and… obviously with a lot of appetite!
Otherwise, remember that Lent is not just about food! Be kind to yourself and those around you!