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5 Days of Cajun & Creole Dinners

Cajun and Creole cuisines often get mixed up, and although both are full of flavor and absolutely delicious, they have important distinctions that make them even more fun to cook! This meal plan will walk you through both to ensure you get the full Louisiana experience.
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Cajun vs Creole

Historically, Creole refers to the descendants of the French and Spanish settlers in colonial Louisiana. Cajun, on the other hand, is derived from the term “les Acadians” to describe the population of French settlers that came over from Nova Scotia in the early 1700s.

Creole cuisine is typically thought of as city food, with an emphasis on complex sauces and slow-cooking that comes from a mix of European influences. Gumbo and jambalaya are classic Creole dishes, although Cajun takes have popped up as well. Meanwhile, Cajun cuisine is rustic and homey country food. Dishes like boudin and rice with gravy top the list.

Monday

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Cajun Meatballs and Pasta

Garlic & Zest

This recipe will envelop you in spices like a tight, spicy hug. It incorporates a blend of paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper to give a distinctive "N'awlins" bite that you're sure to love!

Tuesday

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Southwestern Chicken Bowl with Corn and Avocado

Chef'd

When you think of Southwest cuisine, staples like pungent spices, corn and other grains, and, of course, fiery chilies have to make the top of the list. Round up the best of the Southwest to create this dish!

Wednesday

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Cajun Spiced Cauliflower Rice with Chicken Sausage

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

This is a delicious yet simple one-pan dish loaded with lean chicken sausages, peppers, and onion! Low carb and very flavorful.

Thursday

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Cajun Salmon with Roasted Jalapeño Pineapple Salsa

Olive and Artisan

This roasted Jalapeño and Pineapple Salsa has the perfect flavors to bring colorful, nutritious salmon to its full potential!

Friday

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Creole Blackened Burger

SmokyRibs

The combination of bacon, homemade sauce, and this well-seasoned patty is so juicy and full of flavor! Serve with a side of fresh-cut thick fries for the ultimate experience.

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