Take “Fat Tuesday” a little less literally this year with a more creative, more colorful approach to your Mardi Gras menu. Our perfect-for-a-dinner-party recipes are low in calories and celebrate the colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green and gold. These hues traditionally symbolize justice, faith and power, respectively. To us, they also reflect nutrients galore. Gold-tinged produce provides beta carotene. Those green vegetables deliver folate and lutein, a phytochemical linked with healthy vision. “Red” (or purple!) fruits and vegetables can be rich in anthocyanins, antioxidants that may prevent age-related cognitive decline, and flavonoids, antioxidants that help keep blood vessels healthy.
And of course, if you want to stick to traditional Cajun favorites, we have healthier versions of those as well. These Mardi Gras recipes are delicious and totally perfect for entertaining—just toss in some colorful beads and you’ve got yourself a party.