The countdown to Mardi Gras is ON.
The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries in medieval Europe. The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans in 1857. The colors of Mardi Gras are purple which stands for justice, green for faith and gold for power.
It’s the perfect time to break out your bright beads AND bright food!
New Orleans is one of my favorite cities because of their Cajun cuisine. I put my own healthy twist on this Mardi Gras inspired recipe using in-season, colorful produce and the “Cajun Holy Trinity” otherwise known as – onion, bell pepper and celery! These three cooking staples serve as the foundation to savory Cajun dishes like Jambalaya and gumbo.
Onions are low in calories but add tremendous flavor to stews, soups and meat dishes. Bell pepper colors aren’t just for decoration.
Their colors are indicative of ripeness and sweetness with red being the most ripe/sweet and green being the least. Finally, Dandy’s celery is always my go-to for recipes and snacking. Dandy has 3 phD’s on staff in which it’s their job to work with Mother Nature to make sure the celery is sweeter and more crisp than other celery. The brand has invested in research to ensure their celery is in fact continuously providing a sweeter celery with less strings.
I’ve partnered with Dandy to give away a pressure cooker on Instagram to use for all of your delicious Cajun recipes. Be sure to check out Dandy’s Mardi Gras page – The Cajun Trinity for Cajun cooking tips!
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