Vegan Mardi Gras
From French, Mardi Gras directly translates to “Fat Tuesday.” And no, it doesn’t refer to eating as much as possible on that day (although that’s also definitely allowed). It actually refers to the Christian custom of eating all of the fats in the house before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. The latter refers to the 40 days in the run-up to Easter, during which many Christians choose to give up luxuries, including certain foods. Today, however, Mardi Gras has become more of a celebratory occasion, particularly in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras is a religious holiday but I really like the colors. Yellow, purple, green. I went to 4 stores today trying to find a single Mardi Gras thing but they were all sold out. Instead I got a yellow Bell Pepper, and spinach and Red cabbage. Using veggies to find my colors! I also have food coloring from Whole foods and I am going to make a king cake!
My goal this year is to make every single holiday VEGAN! And I plan on sharing all my recipes with you!
Vegan recipes for mardi gras
- King cake
- Cajun dirty rice
- Red beans over white rice
- Jambalaya pasta
Mardi Gras Vegan! – more to come!
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People can be weird about vegans. There was definitely an attempt for them to be labeled as “crazy” or “extreme”. But veganism is about wanting to reduce and eliminate the harm and suffering of animals. That’s not crazy. When you treat people with dignity nd respect, everything is better.
People aren’t always going to be friendly or welcoming towards the word VEGAN.
It’s hard going vegan and dealing with people reactions .Remember dealing with people who don’t like vegans, that you are perfectly in your right to declare a need for an ethical meal. IF they don;t respect that basic fact are they really family. I often get caught up in the fear of judgment about being vegan. But remember that the morality you feel matters much more.
The best way to get people to trust in vegans is to provide access to yummy food. If people could see how tasty and easy it is to go vegan, I think we’d have a lot more vegans!
Bring new dishes and if you’re going to a group thanksgiving bring a side that won’t be competing with someones famous recipe. In my experience, if there are two dishes that are the same, but one is vegan and the other is not, you might as well decorate your serving bowl with caution tape. A lot of people won’t be going past it. I’ve heard that children have to be introduced to a food 13 times before they try it. Sometimes I don’t think adults are that far off. People tend to gravitate towards what is familiar. If you give them the option of what they have always had or something new, most people will pick the former. If you just say, hey, it’s gravy, and there aren’t any classifications, people are more likely to just try it and like it. Also, in my experience people seem less hesitant about trying store-bought items. Maybe they already trust Trader Joe’s? Or the local take-out place already seen as legitimate? For whatever reason, I’ve found that if I bring a prepared item still in its container or takeout packaging, people are more willing to try it.