Recipes for a Healthier Mardi Gras

New Orleans has always intrigued me. I must experience the people, culture, traditions, and food in person. I could start my day with chicory coffee and beignets at Café du Monde and enjoy Cajun and Creole meals during crawdad season.

A few years ago, I wanted to attend the largest US nutrition conference, the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, in New Orleans. The pandemic canceled the October 2021 in-person meeting. I stopped going to New Orleans.N

Luckily, I love cooking and have always considered creating new recipes as a means to journey through time and space. I almost enjoy trying 50-year-old recipes. To learn about worldwide cuisine and allow my taste buds roam, I love tasting international recipes.

My hopes of listening to jazz and experiencing a genuine Mardi Gras parade may be delayed, but I can still taste some of my favorite delicacies! Celebrate Mardi Gras with these three of my favorite New Orleans–inspired meals.

Classic beignets are square, deep-fried pastry covered in powdered sugar. According to USDA data, these light and sweet doughnuts are tasty but rich in calories and fat. Air-fried sweets have fewer calories and saturated fat than traditional ones.

According to Authentic Wisconsin, chicory was called “poor man’s coffee” because it was used to save food costs. The chicory root is used to make coffee, but the leaves are edible.

 People who can't drink coffee or want to cut back on caffeine still like chicory. Chicory contains inulin, a prebiotic fiber that improves intestinal health, according to study.

Red beans and rice, a Cajun meal, includes spicy andouille sausage and beans over white rice. This recipe has more fiber and less saturated fat using andouille-style chicken sausage and brown rice.

. This dish is a tasty way to reduce meat, lower your grocery price, and eat more legumes without giving up meat. Beans also provide gut-friendly fiber!

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