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Mardi gras maskMardi Gras is on Tuesday, February¬†21. No need to feel left out just because you are on Primal and don’t eat beans, rice or wheat flour roux. There are plenty of options for Primal Cajun food.

  • Try my “Gumbo” Stir Fry. Now that you are off wheat, you may like it better than “real” gumbo. Lots of my other recipes would work just fine for your celebration too. (I like spicy food.)
  • Primal Jambalaya sounds good, although I have never made it. Honestly, though, I would use rice not cauliflower. It’s Mardi Gras after all!
  • How about Spicy Shrimp?
  • Add some greens cooked in bacon fat, with plenty of red pepper flakes or other heat.
  • Yams/sweet potatoes with lots of butter.
  • Oysters?
  • Personally, if I wanted red beans, I would have them but considering the above, why?

By the way, in New Orleans and other places with Mardi Gras celebrations, they don’t wait until Fat Tuesday to start partying. Let the good times roll!

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Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, is the last day before Lent. (In the U.S., the whole period leading up to Lent is often called Mardi Gras, especially in places like New Orleans.) The idea is to party and pig out before Lent. (Note: I am not and never have been a Catholic.) Foods in New Orleans would include king cake, jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbo, hurricane drinks (up to 4 oz of booze, including 151 proof rum) . . . . you get the idea. How to stay fairly primal?

Primal “Gumbo” Stir-Fry

Ingredients

4 gluten free andouille sausage (I bought at Whole Foods.)
1/2 onion, diced
6 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
A sprinkle of thyme
Dash of cayenne pepper
EVOO (olive oil)
4 slices of bacon (or more if you like)
1 package okra (or fresh if you can get it. Sliced.) Allow to thaw some.
If you give okra a quick stir-fry, it will not get slimy. Honest.
(Optional) Some shrimp (Housemate has gout. I could not use.)

Directions

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove.
Saute sausage, onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery, cayenne and thyme in bacon fat. Remove.
Saute okra. Add EVOO as needed.

Serve with greens. I used kale. Splash on balsamic vinegar.
Crumble bacon on both stir-fry and greens.
I also had a small yam. (I had had a hard workout. Well, also it was Fat Tuesday!)
Washed down with a glass of merlot.

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