Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Let the good times roll!

photo by Janet Hudson

Happy May Day! I'm in a very jolly mood right about now. Don't hate but...guess where I'm headed bright and early tomorrow morning? New Orleans, baby! We're returning to the Big Easy - one of my fave cities in the whole world - for our annual Jazz Fest excursion. This makes our fourth consecutive trip to that event. On tap for this year: Fleetwood Mac, Black Keys, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos, Hall & Oates, Taj Mahal and more.
And then there's the food. Forget about dieting. I'm fully prepared to come back lugging a few extra pounds around my waistline because there's no way I'm giving up the opportunity to chow down on cochon de lait po-boys, muffulettas, beignets, jambalaya and fried boudin balls. I will be bringing some workout gear so I can jog off some of the calories in the morning, but otherwise, I plan to indulge on vacation then return to healthy eating and increased exercise next week when I'm back in the ATL.
Anyhoo, for all you who don't want to sit by jealously as I enjoy my trip to the Crescent City, here are a few low-calorie variations of some of their most famous menu items.

Chicken Jambalaya
Beignets
Turkey Muffuletta Pita

Also, if you're planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, check out the Calorie Control Council's suggestions for a low-cal fiesta.

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