|Me and my babies circa 2011|
Happy Mardi Gras y'all!
My father is from Louisiana and we have a Cajun background so I've made it a point to celebrate Mardi Gras with my kiddos every year. Nothing too crazy but we make some Cajun food, have a King Cake, and accessorize to some degree.
This year my son has a choir concert this evening and thus we celebrated a day early. Last year I went through the whole ordeal of making gumbo but since that requires pretty much an entire day by the stove and about $80 worth of groceries just for that one pot of food (though it does serve like 20 people or a family of four over several meals and leftovers freeze nicely) I picked an easier meal for this year.
Shrimp & Crab Étouffée - based on this recipe with a couple slight changes: https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/shrimp-etouffee/
This recipe requires a "roux". If you've never made a roux from scratch you should know that it takes a lot of time and forearm strength since it's 20-30 minutes of constant stirring until it reaches the perfect color. Our family always aims for the color of peanut butter but some (like the recipe above) go much darker in their color - it's all a matter of preference). Now the original recipe said this would serve 4 people but we definitely have about 8-10 servings which is a good thing since the calorie count for the entire recipe ended up around 2400 calories. Considering that you add in rice, usually with a side of garlic bread, a dessert of King Cake, and Hurricane cocktails - well, it's not surprising that I exceeded my calorie counts yesterday. But as this is a once a year type of food and celebration I have no problem with a little excess.
|Even the bear gets into Mardi Gras|
Another tradition for Mardi Gras is the making of pancakes. While this has never been our thing I did try out a pancake recipe over the weekend that I thought I would post on here. This one has been around for a while so you may have already tried it but it was the first time I used it.
2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-2-ingredient-banana-pancakes-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-218658
The base recipe really is just one banana and two eggs but in the recipe above it suggests adding baking powder, salt, and vanilla which I did when I tried it out. The first taste was a little surprising (very banana like of course) but after that first "what is this?!" bite I really enjoyed them. My daughter did not and requested an Eggo waffle instead.
I don't know that I would make these instead of my Biggest Loser pancakes that are a regular staple in my diet but if I was out of cottage cheese it's a good alternative if the rest of the family is eating regular pancakes and I want something a bit more healthy.
Weekly Review -
I didn't participate in the weekly wrap due to time restrictions and not being able to dedicate time to reading and commenting on other blogs but last week went fine. Hit all my exercise goals and I'm trying to figure out long term diet habits (i.e. how to balance out carbs more realistically). Motivation wise I'm feeling pretty blah at the moment which makes everything seem like I'm off track but when I step back, I realize that I am doing fine and am just lower on the emotion side of things which happens. Weight loss for last week was about 1.5 pounds which is to be expected after the big loss of 4 pounds in the prior week.
Now off to Barre torture plus 60 squats...