Healthier and Easy Mardi Gras Recipes (2024)

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Celebrate the best of a Louisiana Mardi Gras with these classic and easy healthier Mardi Gras Recipes and ideas!

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Easy Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

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“Few dishes are more comforting than a warm bowl of gumbo. Read on to learn how to make the best batch ever.”

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“An easy Jambalaya recipe is pure comfort food filled to the brim with flavour. The aromatic trinity of Cajun/Creole cooking: onion, celery, and bell peppers (capsic*ms), sautéed in andouille drippings with garlic, herbs and Cajun spices! Adding chicken and shrimp to this pot of tomato rice makes this one amazing meal in the comfort of your own homes!”

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Quick and Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya

“Travel to Cajun country with this amazingly delicious Instant Pot Jambalaya. It’s truly one of my favorite Instant Pot rice dishes. The flavors transport you to Louisiana and it’s hearty enough to fill up your people. Its one-pot convenience makes it perfect” for Mardi Gras!

For a stove-top Jambalaya that is equally delicious, try my Easy One Pot Jambalaya!

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Garlic Clove Shrimp

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“This sweet and spicy shrimp dish features punchy Creole seasoning making it the best way to get your party started.”

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Stovetop Crawfish Boil

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“Nothing screams spring in New Orleans quite like a crawfish boil. The smells of fresh ground hot cayenne pepper, entire heads of whole garlic cloves, smoky paprika, simmering onions, and roasting thyme combining in the humid Louisiana air are a sure-fire sign that spring has sprung, and that Mardi Gras is right around the corner.”

You may also enjoy making Easy Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil!

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Shrimp and Sweet Corn Grits

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“Fresh corn gives this southern staple even more flavor.”

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Crawfish Étouffée

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“Crawfish Etouffee is a classic Louisiana dish with a buttery, rich, and intensely flavorful sauce and heaps of fresh crawfish tails, herbs, and spices. This fabulous dish’s secret is a good roux and the holy trinity with extra garlic thrown in. It’s guaranteed to have everyone asking for seconds or even thirds!”

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Shrimp and Grits Appetizer

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“Give what’s normally a main dish a new twist by serving it as a starter.”

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Cajun Crabcakes

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“Jalapeno remoulade complements the sweet taste of crab meat in this Louisiana classic.”

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Easy Cajun Gumbo Stew

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This easyCajun Gumbois a slow-cooked amazingly delicious stew, packed with flavor, vegetables, and served over cooked rice. This simplified recipe shaves hours from its traditional preparation without sacrificing flavor.

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Easy Beignets

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“Beignets are closely related to a fritter orfunnel cake.They are usually yeasted and raised doughs, but we skipped the yeast to create a super-simple and quick version. They are less sweet than a doughnut and dusted with powdered sugar instead of glazed.“

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Easy King Cake

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“This Easy King Cake is a Mardi Gras dessert or breakfast and it’s a twist on our family’s favorite Cream Cheese Tea Roll. The king cake is decorated with bold yellow, green and purple sugars, the colors of Mardi Gras, and filled with sweetened cream cheese before baking.”

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Banana Cream Pie Recipe

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“Bananas Foster is a classic New Orleans recipe, but the calories add up thanks to tons of butter and sugar — and then it’s poured over ice cream! Have all the flavor for a fraction of the fat and calories by opting for a Banana Cream Pie instead.”

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More Recipes to Try

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  • Easy Cajun Gumbo Stew
  • Easy One Pot Jambalaya
  • Simple Chicken Perloo: South Carolina Classic
  • Instant Pot Jambalaya Recipe: Incredibly Quick and Easy

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