By Nadine Kam
Let's say you got drunk during Mardi Gras festivities and broadcast to the world that you were giving up burgers for Lent. One day later, you're wondering how you're going to survive the month.
Whether you observe Lent or just want to lighten up on your saturated fat and calorie intake, you can go straight to a vegan or vegetarian restaurant. Or, for more familiar territory, Burger King Hawaii is happy to comply with some fish, chicken and vegetarian alternatives to red meat for Lenten and beyond.
Options start with a Veggie Burger of MorningStar Farms Garden Veggie Patty made with vegetables and grains, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, white onions, pickles, ketchup and mayo, on a toasted sesame seed bun.
To introduce the lighter options, Burger King has launched a "mix-and-match" promotion allowing Hawaii diners to purchase two of the sandwiches below for $7, through April 20.
>> New Big Fish Deluxe sandwich: With 100 percent white Alaskan pollock—deemed sustainable by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program—breaded with crispy panko and served with a sweet thousand-island style dressing, American cheese, lettuce, onions and pickles.
>> Classic Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich: Featuring 100 percent white Alaskan pollock breaded with crispy panko.
>> New Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich: White-meat chicken and a light breading mixed with cayenne and black pepper, served on a toasted sesame seed bun with lettuce and mayonnaise.
>> Original Chicken Sandwich: Breaded white meat chicken fillet topped with shredded lettuce and creamy mayonnaise on a toasted sesame seed bun.
Let's say you gave up deep-fried foods instead of meat. One other option in the "mix-and-match" deal is the Big King Sandwich comprising two fire-grilled beef patties, topped with American cheese, iceberg lettuce, onions, pickles, and thousand-island style dressing on a toasted sesame seed bun.
As for me, I'm not a Christian but I practice being a good person every day and feel no need for penance, so I won't be giving up anything.