Those who want to take a break from meat this week can explore a wide array of seafood and vegetable-based dishes and alternatives.
The all-Bicolana team at QueRica has prepared lent-friendly offerings made with hearty flavors, ideal for pesco-vegetarian (seafood and vegetables) diet, using their not-so secret ingredient: fresh coconut milk.
“When cooked expertly, [fresh coconut milk] creates a rich, creamy sauce that gives dishes a decadent feel even without animal fat,” says the brand.
Que Rica’s Vegetarian Laing, available in frozen and bottled versions, comes in two new varieties: Laing with Shrimp “for those who need protein in their meals,” and Laing Lasagna which is layered with the brand’s homemade tomato concasse “for cheese-loving pasta fans.”
It also offers Sinantolan, made with santol or cotton fruit, minced and stewed in coconut milk, shrimp paste, and aromatics. The creamy, tangy side dish is ideal paired with dried fish or as dip for crackers and chips.
The brand’s version of Bicol Pinangat is made with shrimp, smoked fish, coconut meat and milk, lemongrass, and aromatics cooked for hours over low-heat. “Pair with fried or grilled fish for an authentic, country-inspired meal,” suggests Que Rica.
Other lent-friendly options include Sinanglay, Vegan Bicol Express, and Rakenrol Chips.
The aforementioned products are available on the brand’s website at querica.ph.
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