cucumber and tomato salad


BY CHEF JOHN BESH: Often, in the first week after Mardi Gras, we have the compulsion to suddenly review our New Years Resolutions: get back on that diet, remember to exercise, give up something, be it sweets, alcohol, or caffeine. Despite its Catholic roots, our culture still associates Lent with a time to better to ourselves and spend more quality time appreciating our family and friends. Take that appreciation to a new level this Lenten season! You can achieve all your goals with some of my favorite Lent-friendly recipes below - healthy, family-friendly, and fun to gather around the table to share!

  1. Fried Catfish

  2. Crawfish Boil

  3. Besh Barbecue Shrimp

  4. Strawberry Ravioli with Meyer Lemons and Pistachios

  5. Stuffed Artichokes with Crabmeat and Shrimp

  6. Belle River Crawfish Pie

  7. Oyster and Artichoke Soup

  8. Grilled Oysters with Spicy Garlic Butter

  9. Olive Oil Roasted Cauliflower

  10. Jenifer’s Cucumber and Tomato Salad


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