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Meatless Monday: The Mardi Gras Edition

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

There’s no such thing as too much when it comes to Mardi Gras. When the festivities kick off tomorrow, bring a little excess to your own dinner table with this deep-fried Southern side dish. Dipped in buttermilk to bolster their natural tartness, the green tomato are then crusted in panko instead of traditional cornmeal to give them extra crunch. Nosh on the tangy poppers as a standalone snack — paired with creamy, poblano-flecked mayo — or toss them on top of greens to give your salad a dose of Big Easy flair. If you truly want to take things over the top, pile the golden-brown bites into a baguette with your favorite vegetarian fixin’s to form the ultimate Meatless Monday po’boy.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Green Chili Mayonnaise

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Hump Day Snack: Mardi Gras Monkey Bread Muffins

Let’s face it: We’re a long way from the good intentions of New Year’s resolutions. In fact, we’re now less than a week away from celebrating Mardi Gras with beads, booze, beignets and the grand traditions of Bourbon Street. The locals often celebrate with a classic cinnamon-laced king cake topped with sugary glaze and purple, green and gold sprinkles (and hiding a tiny plastic baby baked inside for good luck). But if you prefer more bite-size pastries, this recipe for Mardi Gras Monkey Bread Muffins combines whole-wheat flour and a buttery cinnamon and sugar mixture to make individual adaptations, all drizzled with swirls of the festive traditional icing. No plastic baby required!

Celebrate Mardi Gras with even more New Orleans inspired recipes from Cooking Channel:

Bobby Flay’s Bourbon Street Brunch

Bobby Flay Brunch

This week was Mardi Gras, and thousands of bourbon-imbued revelers paraded the streets of New Orleans, tossing beads about and scarfing King cake. For many, it’s a time to let it all hang out (not just figuratively) and party recklessly before Lent when they choose to give up decadence for 40 days.

But maybe you’re someone who doesn’t want to give up the allure of all that Mardi Gras has to offer. Maybe you want to experience the thrill of a Bourbon Street bash every day. You are in luck. Tune in to Brunch @ Bobby’s at 9:30pm ET to watch Bobby Flay pay tribute to America’s tastiest and most boisterous block with a brunch tribute to Bourbon Street. His menu includes crispy fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade, french toast topped with bananas foster and an icy cold coffee milk punch. You’ll confess it’s pretty delicious.

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Four Scrumptious Stacks for Pancake Day

Today, while celebrants don their best purple, green and gold for bead tossing and other Mardi Gras merriment, others will be honoring Shrove Tuesday — or Pancake Day — by shoving flapjacks down their pie holes.

It’s common practice to eat rich, fatty foods on the day before the Lent fasting season begins (hence the name “Fat Tuesday”) — and what better food to satisfy this requirement than thick, buttery, fluffy pancakes drenched with maple syrup, sugary fruit toppings and candied nuts?

To help you get your pancake on, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes for your stacking pleasure. (Stack ‘em high as you dare.)

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A Real-Deal Mardi Gras King Cake

King Cake

I’m a very lucky girl, having married into a food-obsessed family from New Orleans. My in-laws send us NOLA treats all year — local favorites that are hard to come by in New York, like Zatarain’s jambalaya mix, Aunt Sally’s pralines and Tony Chachere’s seasoning. As Fat Tuesday approaches, it’s King Cake time.

This quintessential Mardi Gras treat is a sweet braided pastry with frosting coated in plenty of purple, green and gold sprinkles, but the pièce de résistance is hidden inside. Whoever gets the slice with a plastic baby — caution is recommended as you devour your piece — is declared the king or queen for the day. Some say getting the baby is like catching the bouquet at a wedding, except instead of being the next to marry, it means the finder will soon have a (real) baby.

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