Easy Lent Shopping Tips

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Lent season is here, so we’ve crafted a few easy Lent shopping tips that include options like seafood staples, plant-based foods, and conveniently quick meals. While it’s a good thing to add more seafood to your diet during this time, we’ve also included foods you may not have considered to try before. Try adding a few of these foods to your Lent meals to keep them exciting, fresh, and healthy.

Seafood Staples for Lent

When you think of the Lent season you might gravitate toward seafood-based dishes. And for good reason; seafood varies from fish, crabs, shrimp, lobster, and plenty of others. It’s no wonder seafood is a popular option, it typically is low in fat and it’s a healthy source of Omega-3s. There are a boat-full of options when it comes to seafood, so we’ve crafted a list of our favorite seafood items and what goes well with them.

Full Circle Market Wild Caught Alaskan Cod

  • Perfect for fish tacos, sautéing, and in baked dishes.
  • Pairs well with fresh spring vegetables, rice pilafs, and leafy salads.

These fillets are deliciously light and crispy in our Parmesan-Crusted Cod recipe.

Crab Classic Imitation Crab Meat

  • Amazing in salads, dips, and they make the perfect snack.
  • Bring the out the flavor by preparing it with a squeeze of fresh lime and crispy vegetables.

Use it as a base for an imitation crab ceviche with fresh lime juice, diced tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro.

Lobster Tails From Our Full-Service Seafood Counter

  • Great on the grill, steamed, and in pasta dishes.
  • Pairs well with roasted potatoes, hearty vegetables, and of course melted butter.

Lobster mac and cheese anyone? We’re having seconds.

Did you know that all Stater Bros. Markets with a full service seafood counter can season and steam your fish fillets, shellfish, and lobster tails for free? Just ask next you stop by!

Try Plant-Based for Lent

Seafood may be the star of the show during the Lent season but, plant-based is a fantastic option because it offers versatility, delicious flavors, and meat-like textures. Plant-based is perfect for those who observe Lent but have seafood allergies and sensitivities. Some may think that plant-based means bland and un-appealing, but in fact if prepared with fresh ingredients and flavored with spices, they may be some of the best food you’ve tried! This Lent season is the perfect opportunity to try new foods you may fall in love with.

Full Circle Market Organic Garbanzo Beans

  • A good source of protein; use in salads, soups, or in a curry.
  • Garbanzo beans work well with a with a variety of herbs and spices like cumin, chilies, and cilantro.

They’re a flavorful filling in our Vegan Chipotle Garbanzo Bean and Avocado Oven Taquitos. Try saying that twice!

The Jackfruit Company BBQ Jackfruit

  • Jackfruit is a great alternative to shredded meat because of it’s meat-like texture; try it in tacos, sandwiches, and salads.
  • BBQ is just one of their appetizing flavors, use them in place of meat in a variety of recipes.

Shredded jackfruit BBQ sliders? Extra pickles please!

House Foods Extra Firm Organic Tofu

  • Tofu works wonderfully in a variety of recipes because it can be cooked in many ways; it works well in stir fries, in sandwiches, and as an overall meat substitute.
  • Tofu can adapt to pretty much any flavor and it’s full of protein while being low in calories.

Try making this easy and flavorful Chipotle-Orange Broccoli and Tofu Bowl. It’s tangy and spicy!

Quick and Convenient Meals for Lent

We all need a bit of help in the kitchen from time to time and Lent season is no exception! From frozen meals, to ready-to-go options like handmade sushi and prepared tuna fish sandwiches, we’ll be here waiting to help. Here’s a few of our favorites that help if you’re in a time crunch.

Fresh, Hand-Crafted Sushi

  • This one doesn’t need much explaining, it’s delicious sushi made fresh everyday!
  • You’ll find a variety options like rainbow rolls, California rolls, and even plant-based sushi.

Sushi options may change daily, so stop by soon and check out what’s available that day.

Crav’n Flavor Frozen Pizza and Snacks

  • Crav’n Flavor has a great selection of meat-free pizza and frozen snacks.
  • Some of our favorites are the white spinach pizza and the vegetable pot stickers!

Pro-Tip: Make the veggie pot stickers in an air fryer to get them extra crispy.

Taylor Farms Teriyaki Veggie Stir Fry Kit

  • Taylor Farm’s Veggie kits are a great way to cut out a lot of prep work, saving you time!
  • They’re loaded with veggies and include a sauce, just add protein for a filling meal.

They’re available in a variety of flavors, our favorites include teriyaki and ginger garlic.

Lent season is the perfect time to try new, exciting, and healthy foods to your family’s meals. If you’re inspired to try something new, tag us on any social channel and share what you’ve cooked up!