New Orleans-Inspired Healthy Mardi Gras Recipes

Put a nutritious twist on a few Louisiana favorites with one of these healthy Mardi Gras recipes and celebrate guilt free!

Celebrating Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday doesn’t mean you need to break your diet resolutions. These healthy Mardi Gras recipes will leave you feeling satisfied without affecting your waistline. Trade in your beignets, paczkis and king cakes for one of these healthy Mardi Gras recipes!

Healthy Mardi Gras Recipes

From colorful veggies and shrimp to cajun spices and cocktails, here are some creative and nutritious New Orleans-inspired recipes you won’t want to miss this year!


Healthy Mardi Gras Recipes

1. Simple Roasted Garlic Cauliflower and Potatoes by Jeanette’s Healthy Living – Use green, gold and purple cauliflower to represent faith, power and justice this year. Combine with olive oil, garlic and sage to create the perfect side dish for any Mardi Gras meal!

2. Creole Spice-Toasted Nuts by – Coated in hot sauce, Worcestershire and Creole seasoning, these easy-to-prepare pecans can be made ahead of time. The sweet and spicy ingredients pack a flavorful punch that you won’t be able to walk away from!

3. Roasted Sweet Potato and Okra Salad by Food & Wine – Toasted mustard seeds and a caper vinaigrette give this unique blend of sweet potatoes, orka and spinach a delicious nutty and tangy flavor.

New Orleans Healthy Mardi Gras Recipes

4. Gumbo-laya by The Cozy Apron – Turn up the heat with this tasty blend of spicy sausage, chicken and shrimp! Louisiana cooking comes to life with andouille sausage, okra, and Creole seasoning in this bold and flavorful dish.

5. Shrimp Boil for Four by Bev Cooks – Nothing is simpler than a shrimp boil. Throw everything in a pot and viola! Combine ketchup, Greek yogurt and horseradish to create a dipping sauce that your guests will never forget!

6. Mardi Gras-Rita by Home is Where the Boat Is – Mardi Gras wouldn’t be complete without a cocktail. With layers of lime, mango and pomegranate, this unique margarita packs a hidden nutritional punch!


Whether you are headed to the parade, spending time with family and friends, or sweating it out at the Mardi Gras Half Marathon, fuel your celebration with nutritious New Orleans-inspired cuisine!


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  1. Loving these healthy Mardi Gras recipes! Thanks so much for including my Roasted Cauliflower recipe – the colors are so fun aren’t they!

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