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Meatless Meals for Lent: Quinoa with Black Beans


Editor’s note: FMS Missioner Erin McHugh shares a gluten-free vegetarian favorite for Lent. 

Since I have only been in Guatemala for about two months, I am not sure of special meatless meals they have for Lent, so I am going to share a recipe from home. In the US I am not much of a meat eater and prefer to eat vegetarian when I can. I am always trying new meatless (and now gluten-free) options. This has become one of my favorites.


I T olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
¾ c quinoa (uncooked), rinsed
1 can black beans
1 t chili power
I t cumin
½ t black pepper
½ t salt
1 can diced green chilies
I can diced tomatoes
1 ¾ c veggie broth
½ c chopped cilantro
1-2 T of taco sauce (for a spicy flavor)


In a large skillet add olive oil, turn to medium-low heat, and sauté the onions for about 4 minutes. Then add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed above. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let cook for 15- 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes covered. Then it is ready to be served.

I usually serve it with tortillas and avocado.

Erin’s reflection for Lent:

For Lent this year, I was challenged to choose one of the Saints, to accompany me during this 40 day journey. I ironically randomly choose St. Teresa of Calcutta, who also been a role model for me. I came across this daily prayer of hers, and decided to make it my daily prayer for Lent.

 Dear Jesus,

 Help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
That my life may only be a radiance of Yours.

 Shine through me, and be so in me
That every soul I come in contact with
May feel your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
So to shine as to be a light to others:
The light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine;
It will be you, shining on others though me.

Let me thus praise You the way You love best,
by shine on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words,
but by my example.
By the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
The evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.



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Erin McHugh has a strong passion for working with children and a heart for those living in poverty. After serving in South Africa last summer with Experience Mission, Erin is looking forward to building relationships and immersing herself in a new culture through Franciscan Mission Service. While her family now lives in Cincinnati, OH, Erin has roots in her hometown of Louisville, KY. Before pursuing her calling for international mission work, Erin attended Butler University for two years. There she was involved with the Butler Catholic Community and was co-chair of the service committee. Erin has been in Guatemala since January 2017.