Healthy Humpday – Ash Wednesday and Chinese New Year

Categories: Healthy Humpday

February 18 starts two annual events – Chinese New Year and Lent.

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4713 (the year of the goat) begins on February 19, 2015 and ends on March 5. Lent is the 6 week period of time leading up to Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18 and ends on Easter Sunday, April 6.

To honor both Ash Wednesday and Chinese New Year, Lori made a fish and green bean meal that satisfies the key aspects of both holidays.

Chinese New Year’s Eve, February 18, is considered to be the Reunion Dinner where big families sit around the table and enjoy food and time together. There are a number of “lucky foods” including fish, dumplings, and rice which all promise to bring money and wealth for the upcoming year.

Catholics practice not eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent as a sign of sacrifice during the sacred season leading up to Easter.

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Baked Fish Packets with Black Beans

  • Sesame Oil
  • 4 large rectangles of foil
  • 4 white fish fillets, like flounder or cod
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup rinsed and drained canned black beans

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Let’s get cooking!

  1. Rub foil sheets with sesame oil; place on fish fillet on each piece of foil.
  2. Brush fillets with rice vinegar. Sprinkle fillets lightly with salt.
  3. Top each fillet with garlic, ginger, scallions, and black beans.
  4. Sprinkle each fillet with a little black pepper and sesame oil.
  5. Fold foil to create a packet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serve with green beans sauteed with fresh minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

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