Christians, from all walks of life, are commemorating the temptation of Christ by fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, a global tradition that is known as Lent (or Lenten season).
What is Lent and why is it widely practised?
Free encyclopedia sites like Wikipedia give a broad explanation of what exactly Lent is and why it is so widely practised.
In essence, the Lenten season is a religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that starts on Ash Wednesday and ends six weeks later, before Easter Sunday.
This period is widely commemorated because it marks the 40 days and nights Jesus Christ spent fasting in the Judaean Desert, after being baptised by John the Baptist.
Meatless recipe: The delicious noodles, peas and cheese dish
In honour of Jesus’ resilience in resisting the temptations brought on by Satan, people often use Lent as a means of sacrificing one or two vices.
The most common Lenten sacrifice — and by far the most difficult in our opinion — is meat. This protein-rich substance, some might argue, is a vital source of nutrition.
Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. It is also a catalyst in the excretion of enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals so active people aren’t the only ones at risk.
However, there are ways around surviving Lent without meat. Mr Food has an array of great meatless recipes and one that stood out for us was the noodles, peas and cheese dish, a creamy serving that sure does the trick with its rich taste.
You can execute this dish however you want but this is the standard recipe:
You will need:
- 1 (12-ounce) package wide egg noodles
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
- 1 (10 ¾-ounce) can Cheddar cheese soup
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas
Here’s what you do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Cook noodles according to package directions and drain; place in a large bowl and mix with melted butter.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients, except peas, until well blended. Add to noodles and mix to evenly coat noodles. – Mix in the peas then pour the mixture into prepared casserole dish.
- Bake 40 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden and crunchy.