Creative Ways to Serve Meatless Dishes This Lent

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This Operation Rice Bowl recipe is papa with chakalaka (corn porridge with spicy vegetables) from Lesotho. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

Operation Rice Bowl offers easy recipes from around the world using food staples like rice, beans and vegetables from developing countries. Preparing these dishes together allows Catholic families to observe Lent and experience a simple meal while learning about places where people live on less than $2 a day – and where meat is often considered a luxury. Donate the money you would have spent on a big meal, and you can support development projects that improve people’s ability to access food in communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. All of the recipes are basic, simple and meatless, and take very little time to prepare. For dozens of recipes, including dishes from Bolivia, Afghanistan and Lesotho, visit

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