10 Awesome Mardi Gras Recipes

Since Mardi Gras is around the corner I wanted to share 10 awesome Mardi Gras recipes starting with my Healthier Hurricane recipe. Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday” is next Tuesday, February 12th. My kids always want me to purchase a King Cake this time of year. I am thrilled to find this Traditional King Cake recipe below as well as some other Cajun and New Orleans favorites. I have actually never been to Mardi Gras, but I love New Orleans and the excitement that Mardi Gras brings to the city. I will be celebrating at home by trying a few of these 10 creations.

Chicken Gumbo via Martha Stewart

Pecan Pralines via Country Living 

Mardi Gras Munchies via Full Circle Foodie

Mardis Gras Macaroons via SprinkleBakes

Mardi Gras Cupcakes via My Recipes

Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake via Brown Eyed Baker

Shrimp Po’ Boy via Bon Appetit

Buttermilk Beignets via Epicurious

Shrimp Creole via Skinny Taste

Celebrate Mardi Gras: Healthy Hurricane

Mardi Gras 2011 is this Tuesday, March 8.  Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday”, is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The Hurricane is a fruit-colored relative of the “daiquiri”, and it’s credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien. In the 1940s, he created the fruity concoction and served it in hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses to give away to sailors. The drink caught on, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter in New Orleans ever since. My version of the Healthy Hurricane is filled with fresh fruit juices, making it perfect for kids to enjoy. If you want an alcoholic version, see the note about how much rum to add.

True Fall Comfort Food: Shrimp-Cajun Sausage Casserole

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I love to prepare Sunday night dinners this time of year. It’s one of the few nights that my three kids and I aren’t racing from cross country, to dance, to football practice, and we can actually sit down and eat together.  Last week, I wanted something Cajun, yet comforting. I threw together this dish with some ingredients I had in my pantry and came out with this casserole. It’s perfect for fall and large dinners. Feel free to substitute chicken for the shrimp if you like.