Every year some 50 days before Easter Sunday the city of New Orleans parties so hard the whole place has to shut down for a few days. When I say “shut down” I mean even banks, schools, and commercial institutions cease normal productivity to make way for the big P-rades! I call parades, P-rades. It just sounds cooler. This year was no exception. We partied, paraded, ate too much, caught beads, and even enjoyed a share of boiled crawfish. Mardi Gras 2013 was a total success!
Alas, Mardi Gras season came to an end and my waistline is quite relieved. I’m sure you can relate. It’s similar to the relief found when Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years holidays finally end. With that I decided to grab a trashbag and clean the junk out of the fridge and pantry. If I have it at home, I’m going to eat it. It does not mean I can never have a treat. There will be plenty enough chances/temptations encountered in the rest of life so I try to keep our home a safe healthy haven most of the time.
I’m happy when Mardi Gras season comes, I’m thrilled when it goes. My goal is to eat clean all week, primarily non-processed foods. Fruits and vegetables all the way. Try this: next time you fix a meal, think of making a rainbow. Ideally, you want at least three colors on your plate. For example, one of my favorite meals is a stuffed sweet potato (orange), roasted asparagus (green), and grapes for dessert (purple). Additionally, stuffed sweet potatoes are easy and quick for the nights you get home late and stahvin’! I “bake” mine by washing it, sticking it in a ziploc back with one inch unsealed, and then nuking it in the microwave for 5 minute increments until it’s nice and soft. The bag locks the moisture in perfectly! To stuff the potato try mixing two tablespoons of black beans, a tablespoon of light sour cream or plain greek yogurt, a tablespoon of salsa, a tablespoon of corn, and a tablespoon of avocado with your potato “guts” then stuff it back in the skin. Top with cheese and broil until melted and bubbly in the toaster in oven. DEVOUR!
The above picture is credited to FoodieBliss, a fellow female blogger whose recipes are simple to follow and totally tasty. Click the link above and check her out.
So now that Lent season is in full effect, what are you sacrificing this year? I chose to give up fried food which was fine in my mind until I realized that included french fries and kettle cooked chips. I feel the cranky cravings kicking in any minute. Poor Stuffed Husband. Is it Easter yet?!
Peace, love, and Mardi Gras Detox,
The Hungry Wife