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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Let the Good Times Roll.

We do like to enjoy life and celebrate in this house. So many celebrations focus on food.
Through SparkPeople I have been learning that you can still party with food without adverse effects by having healthy offerings. Healthy behaviors too. (I bought my beads when I was in New Orleans. Flashing didn't seem appropriate)

Red Beans and Rice were/are typically a Monday meal down NOLA way. I prepped the Trinity, (onion, celery and bell pepper). To spice things up a bit more, some Andouille sausage joined the festivities. My sweetie's head started to perspire. With that kind of heat, I certainly don't over eat. I broke down and decided to have a treat... petit beignets. One was 97 calories. of course I had two since they were mini, then read the package. Whooo...eee! They were good, but not that good.
I did let the good times roll, but next time I'll find something more worthy of going into my mouth. For dinner next year I might try something like this Jambalaya with Red Beans & Andouille Sausage.

Now that the feast is over, the famine of lent begins. The slideshow
7 Unhealthy Habits to Give Up During Lent
provided thoughts that lent was not only about deprivation, it is also about kindness and love of self and others. Not that I am a devout Catholic but it was how I was brought up. Having fish on Fridays during Lent is still ingrained.(got upset about the special dispensation given a few years about on St. Patty's Day, but I digress.) Giving up "bad" things, like soda and sweets, is really good for us. It taught me restraint, discipline. Besides it is only 40 days.

Going back to St. Patrick's Day... I'm working on finding healthy fare.
Start off with Green eggs (eggs with spinach.)
Then colcannon puffs like these:

What is nice is that there are other festive recipes on that page.

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    Sounds like delicious celebration and moderation on the calories!!
    1418 days ago
    I love how you're merging family traditions AND your new you! The fun of it really comes through! It makes me realize we need to build in more fun rituals at this house, food or otherwise.
    1418 days ago
    Colcannon is a dish I remember from my childhood because my Mom, being Irish, had it growing up too. As she used to say, "It's as Irish as Paddy's pig." You're right Mom!

    It always sorta bothered me that Lent seemed to be about deprivation rather than an opportunity to improve something.

    So, for this Lent I'm giving up . . . drum roll please . . . WINTER!
    1418 days ago
    The colcannon puffs look delish. I think I'll try them! We don't really celebrate much with food around here since it's only the two of us. But definitely FISH tonight in deference to Ash Wednesday!
    1418 days ago
    Lent is a very special time of year for me. It is a time to reflect, a humbling time, a new beginning and knowing the sacrifices Christ made for us.
    Giving back and giving up is easy compared to what Christ has done for us.
    1418 days ago
    Your blog made me smile as I could feel the festive spirit. What fun!
    1419 days ago
  • KELLYB60
    I grew up in Slidell, but am home in Texas now. Still love red beans and rice, and beignets if I can find good ones. No flashing for beads here either, although Galveston Mardi Gras does seem to get a little more risque every year the I've opted no to show you something mister.

    I love that Lent is about showing kindenss and love in addition to giving something up. We should always try to remember that part - certainly remembering to be kind and thoughtful can take our minds off what we've decided to give up for 40 days.

    1419 days ago
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