Tomorrow is what is known as “Fat Tuesday” in the city of New Orleans. What is that exactly? It is the last day of partying and festivities that traditionally begins early in January. The Mardi Gras party ends at the stroke of midnight, when Lent begins. Lent is a time of reflection and preparation for Easter for Christians around the world.
During Lent, Christians take the 40 days before Easter to reflect and appreciate the sacrifice that Jesus made. It is common to “give up” something during this time. According to the Bible, Jesus spent 40 days in the desert preparing for what he was sent to do here on Earth. You don’t need to be Christian to take this time to make a small sacrifice to help grow in your own spirituality and prepare for your own mission and purpose. You can also make it more of a giving time, Pay-It-Forward and also create more of that appreciative and abundant feeling in your heart.
I don’t know about you, but I like any theme and enjoy learning about the traditional foods of any region of the world, and also that of each religion. While I have not yet visited New Orleans, I thought it would be fun to gather a few healthier recipes to create a “Mardi Gras” themed evening for this years celebration. If you have little ones, theme nights can be fun, educational, and a great way to introduce foods that they might not try any other time.
Below are a few delicious and healthier versions of the some of the traditional "Fat” foods served at Mardi Gras.
Healthy & Fun Mardi Gras Menu
Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice – Skinnyms.com
Vegan, Gluten Free Gumbo – Holycowvegan.net
Gluten-Free King Cake – Blog.Julesglutenfree.com
Hurricane Cocktail – foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse
(for this hurricane, lighten it up by filling the glass 1/2 way with club soda and ice first, then top off with this delicious drink!)
Enjoy the food and each other. Do you celebrate Fat Tuesday?
In health & wellness,