Mardi Gras Party Menu – Easy Chicken Gumbo to Crescent Roll King Cake

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Mardi Gras Party Menu With Mardi Gras Party Ideas To Whip Up in Your Own Home

My Mardi Gras Party Menu down south in Louisiana represents fun, delicious healthy Cajun recipes. We know how to celebrate this festive time of year and I have the best Mardi Gras Party ideas!  You can now enjoy this carnival season wherever you live with my healthy easy recipes!  My favorite Mardi Gras party food from my trim and terrific Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook will give you the best Mardi Gras food recipes to make at your own home. Best of all, these recipes are simple and are still about eating healthy.  It doesn’t get any better than that! My healthy food blog includes the best of Louisiana healthy Cajun recipes with my easy Mardi Gras recipes!!

Festive Mardi Gras Party Ideas Must Include Beads

My Mardi Gras party menu is easy and festive and here’s some inexpensive beads you can order to complete your party! Simple decorations like beads with my Mardi Gras food recipes make the perfect carnival party.  However, don’t save these amazing easy Mardi Gras recipes because you should enjoy them year round.  I sure do!  I keep the Mini Muffalettas in my freezer for a snack or lunch.  You’ll find my How To Make Easy Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe with different theme colors from Super Bowl to Valentine’s Day! Have fun cooking healthy with all my recipes on my healthy food blog.

Best Mardi Gras Party Menu with Easy Mardi Gras Recipes:

Mini Muffalettas – My make-ahead version of this New Orleans favorite Italian-style sandwich and I turned it into a slider. My favorite rolls are the King Hawaiian rolls and every grocery has in them in stock. These yummy sliders freeze well.

Red Bean Dip – Red Beans and rice are synonymous with favorite New Orleans recipe so I turned this classic recipe into one of the best and most flavorful dips.  With sausage, canned red beans, salsa and cheese you can whip up this 8-ingredient dip quickly!

Muffaletta Salad – All the components of a Muffaletta tossed together with only 7 ingredients and you literally open jars and cans to create this amazing salad. If you’re having trouble finding olive salad, raid the olive bar.  Also, here’s a jar of my favorite Italian Olive Salad

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo – Serve over rice and this satisfying Louisiana classic feeds a crowd. I like to serve in mugs for self-serve.  You can serve from a crock pot.

Louisiana Crawfish Fettuccine – Cheesy savory southern standby and this recipe is freezer friendly! So, I usually make it ahead of time for a crowd pleaser recipe. I have lots of easy crawfish recipes.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling – This melt in your mouth dessert starts with low-fat crescent rolls.

King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling from Gulf Coast Favorites

My most popular of all my Mardi Gras party ideas and easy Mardi Gras recipes is my king cake. Now, you can make a quick crescent roll king cake recipe in your own home any time, without worrying about a complicated yeast dough. Kids love helping with this cake year round—try red and pink colors for Valentine’s Day, pastels for Easter, and red and green for Christmas!

Makes 16 servings

2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Mardi Gras Icing (recipe to the right)

1.  Preheat oven350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.  Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in the center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, con­fectioners sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in the center where seams have been pressed together.
4.  In another small bowl, combine but­ter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming circular roll like king cake.
5.  Bake about 20–25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.

Mardi Gras Icing

1 cup confectioners sugar
1–2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yellow, green, red, and blue food coloring

1.In  small bowl, combine all ingredients, except food color. Divide mixture into three bowls.
2. In first bowl, add a few drops of yellow food coloring and in second bowl, add a few drops of green food coloring. In third bowl, add equal amounts of drops of red and blue food coloring (to create purple).
Drizzle over cooled cake.

Nutritional information per serving Calories 184 | Calories from fat 36% | Fat 7 g Saturated Fat 3 g | Cholesterol 9 mg | Sodium 275 mg Carbohydrate 26 g | Dietary Fiber 0 g | Sugars 16 g | Protein 3 g
Diabetic Exchanges1 1/2 carbohydrate | 1 1/2 fat

Terrific Tip: The icing colors represent power (yellow), faith (green), justice (purple).

My Mardi Gras Food Recipes That Are Easy Mardi Gras Recipes For Sure

I am excited to share some of my favorite Mardi Gras party food recipes.  These easy Mardi Gras recipes are made with everyday ingredients so you won’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  Many, you can make ahead but they all feed a crowd because during the festival season everyone wants to eat and have a good time! This is a simple Mardi Gras menu that I know you will find easy to do.

Mini Muffaletta makes great Mardi Gras Party Menu

Easy Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe- 4-Ingredient Italian Mini Muffuletta Recipe    If you have never had a muffaletta, you are in for a treat! Think of these miniature sandwiches as scrumptious Italian ham sliders. Another one of my make ahead and freeze recipes to pull out for appetizers, lunch, or snacks.

Cajun Red Beans rice Red beans recipe Mardi Gras Theme party

Red Beans Recipe Appetizer for Mardi Gras Theme Party  Try this savory dip to start off your Mardi Gras theme party. Healthy fiber-rich ingredients reminiscent of a Cajun red beans and rice dish that will have you digging in!

Muffaletta Salad for Mardi Gras Party Ideas

Easy Muffuletta Salad Recipe- Jazzed Up Amazing Muffuletta Pasta Salad This recipe includes all the components of a muffaletta in one fabulous salad! Best of all, it is so simple to make.  Try using another grain like quinoa or rice to make it gluten-free.  Easy Muffuletta Salad Recipe -Jazzed Up Amazing Muffuletta Pasta Salad

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo -Secret To Healthy Roux for Gumbo The secret is in the roux and it makes this easy gumbo recipe healthier & even diabetic friendly gumbo.  Everyone loves gumbo and it is easy to make ahead of time and freeze. In Louisiana, gumbo tops my Mardi Gras food recipes.
Louisiana Crawfish Fettuccine for best Mardi Gras food recipes
Crawfish Fettuccine Recipe with Velveeta – #1 Healthy Crawfish Pasta Dinner my go to make-ahead Louisiana crowd-pleaser recipe. I love to make this recipe ahead of time and freeze to pull out when I have extras at my house.  My daughter, Haley and her friends had this great crawfish recipe on the many visits to my house.  This crawfish fettuccine recipe always made my Mardi Gras Party Menu.

King Cake Tops Mardi Gras Food Recipes: Wait Until You Taste My Crawfish King Cake!

This is a new crawfish recipe that I am so excited about.  If you like stuffed crawfish bread then wait until you see my savory easy Crawfish King Cake Recipe – Louisiana Easy Crawfish Recipe OMG Amazing! I promise this will top your Mardi Gras Menu.  Remember, you can find Louisiana crawfish frozen year round. I have so many amazing and easy crawfish recipes on my healthy food blog.

Crawfish King Cake for Mardi Gras food recipes



 Gulf Coast Favorite Cookbook Features My Mardi Gras Party Ideas
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Enjoy my trim and terrific Mardi Gras food recipes year round.  Most these easy Mardi Gras recipes are from my Louisiana cookbook, Gulf Coast Favorites  Cook healthy Cajun recipes in your own home with everyday ingredients.

Guess what? I have now created a new King Cake with Crawfish Cream Cheese Filling and it is all the rage!! Simple and absolutely delicious this savory easy king cake will make a hit at your Mardi Gras Party!



Simple Centerpiece One of My Favorite Mardi Gras Party Ideas

mardi gras party ideasYou don’t have to spend a lot of money on Mardi Gras decorations because everyone loves beads and more beads.  With dried red beans, rice and a votive, you can add mood lighting to your Mardi Gras party menu.

Make these centerpieces whatever size you want in whatever container you have hanging around. Simple and a touch of lighting that tops my list of Mardi Gras party ideas.


Get All You Need To Make My Simple Centerpieces To Go Wtih Your Mardi Gras Menu

Doesn’t’ get any easier to create Mardi Gras theme decorations than with these three things. Use different size containers and light up your Mardi Gras Party Menu!


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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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2 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Party Menu – Easy Chicken Gumbo to Crescent Roll King Cake

  1. Holly, I’d really like to get your Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook. Is there any chance of it being converted to eBook. Ever since Katrina, I avoid paper.

  2. Unfortunately, that book is not in an ebook form but I definitely understand your concern and fears after Katrina. Use my discount code trim25 on my website and you can get 25% off if that helps? Thanks for taking time to write!

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