Spice Up ‘Fat Tuesday’ with a Meatless Mardi Gras Makeover

February 27th, 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana is famous – and infamous – for good times, good music and good food. Revelers come from the four corners of the world to take part in the annual Mardi Gras celebration – a spectacular event with parades, street floats, lavish costumes and evening balls.

Mardi Gras literally translates to “Fat Tuesday.” This takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Traditionally, Fat Tuesday meant feasting and finishing all the rich, fatty foods before the 40-day religious observance.

Interestingly, the word “carnival” is derived from the Latin word “carnelevarium,” which means to take away or remove meat. This makes sense because many people choose to give up meat during Lent.

Not surprisingly, we’re okay with that. In fact, many of the classic Cajun and Creole dishes can be made without meat, yet still deliver all the zesty, mouth-watering flavors of the Crescent City.

From red beans and rice to gumbo to étouffée, spice up your Monday and strut your stuff with these meatless Mardi Gras recipes.


Easy Red Beans and Rice, from Watching What I Eat

Quick Red Beans & Rice with Vegetarian Seitan Sausage

Vegetarian Gumbo Made in One Pan, from Healing Tomato


Portabella Etouffee, from Apron Strings


Creole Vegan Jambalaya, from Jackie Newgent

Creole Vegan Jambalaya

Saffron Baked Beignets, from A Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresSaffronBeignets