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Healthy Southern Food Ideas for Your Big Day

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Everyone can agree that Southern cuisine is absolutely delicious – but it’s not always the healthiest (or at least not a vast portion of the foods cooked in the South aren’t).

What happens when serving healthy food at your Louisiana wedding is very important to you, but you still want to celebrate the great culinary awesomeness of the Southern food?

Well, there are some twists you can make – and following, we have gathered some ideas you might find useful. Read on and find out more.

  • Faux fried chicken. This is a true Southern staple – but when deep-fried, chicken can become a real calorie bomb. The best way to still get the amazing taste of fried chicken without all the oil is by simply cooking it in the oven. There are a lot of fabulous recipes out there – and you can definitely find one that pleases your taste buds just as much as “original” Southern fried chicken does.
  • Fresh coleslaw. Since chicken works best with coleslaw on the side, you might also want to find a better alternative to the mayo-infused coleslaw of the Southern cuisine as well. This is really easy, though: just lose the mayo and replace it with olive oil, a bit of vinegar, and a touch of sugar. Or, if you want to, use very light mayo instead.
  • Pulled pork. Well, pork isn’t the healthiest thing ever, no matter how it’s cooked – but you can still lower the amount of calories and fats in it if you get your pulled pork done in a slow cooker. Might take a bit more time, but the great news is that you don’t have to watch over the cooker doing its job. Plus, the pulled pork will taste amazing! Pair it with whole-wheat bread and fresh veggies and it will be a treat all of your guests will remember!
  • Green tomatoes. We all love them – but, same as with fried chicken, they can get quite unhealthy if you cook them the traditional way. Our suggestion is to bake them in the oven – they won’t lose their appeal, they will taste great, and they will actually be a healthy dish too. It’s a win-win situation, really.

 

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Plan a Refreshing Ice Cream Treat for Your Southern Wedding!

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With summer here in full shape, we’re all looking for ways to cool ourselves off – if possible, in the nicest ways out there. Of course, if you are planning a summer wedding in New Orleans, you want the same for your guests too – and an ice cream treat can be just the perfect way to make sure your beloved friends and relatives stay cool (and happy!).

What are some of the best ice creams you could serve at your Southern wedding? We have some suggestions for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Mint ice cream. What could be more refreshing and delicious than mint ice cream on a hot summer day? If you want to add a bit of diversity into the taste of this amazing dessert, try combining it with exotic fruit – a pineapple and mint ice cream will be a true delight to every single guest at your wedding!
  • Butter pecan ice cream. A bit of saltiness and a lot of sweetness will get you and your guests through the hotness of a summer day. A classic dessert that can be interpreted and re-interpreted as you wish – but it will always be appreciated by everyone, regardless of whether or not they are familiar with Southern cuisine.
  • Lemon pie ice cream. The Southern love of lemon pie is well-known everywhere – so why not turn this highly appreciated dessert into an icy one? We bet everyone invited at your wedding will want to take a serving of this, just enough to re-energize themselves and get back on the dance floor!
  • Buttermilk ice cream. Just a tad of sourness and a lot of fruity vibes can bring a huge smile on pretty much anyone’s face! Buttermilk ice cream is a deliciously Southern treat bound to attract your guests again and again. Don’t be surprised if many of them ask you for the recipe for your own variation of buttermilk ice cream (and yes, there’s a pretty much infinite range of combinations you can make, from strawberry and pretzels to blueberry cheesecake!).

 

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These Southern Pies Are Meant to Make it to Your Wedding Table

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Whether you serve them as dessert or as a snack, Southern pies are – and will always be – a true treat for anyone (regardless of where they come from). There’s something undeniably warm, cozy, and comforting about a good slice of homemade pie that makes it downright irresistible to pretty much every single person you will ever meet!

What are some of the most famous pies you should definitely include in your wedding menu? We’ve gathered them right below – so read on and find out more.

  • Salted-Caramel Chocolate Pie. A bit salty, and surely sweet, this pie will pamper your guests’ taste buds and make them feel truly satisfied with the treat you’ve placed on the table. If you only want to offer a couple of types of pies, this has to land on your list of options.
  • Key Lime Pie. It doesn’t get more Southern than this. Delicious, refreshing and unique in every single aspect, the classic key lime pie is a staple of the Southern cuisine – one you really, really must include in your wedding menu. Delicious!
  • Icebox Pie. Planning a summer wedding? An icebox pie will be more than suitable for you, then! These amazing desserts come straight from the 19th century (when they were cooled down in so-called “iceboxes”, the ancestors of modern refrigerators) – and, to be completely honest, they are absolutely amazing. They also come in a wide variety of flavors and combinations, so you are bound to find something that fits you and your wedding.

 

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How to Plan a Genuine Southern Wedding Menu

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Having a Southern wedding is, most of the times, a lot different than many other types of weddings up North. One thing is common, though: food will always be a huge element in a wedding, regardless of whether it’s held in the South or not.

How do you plan a genuine, delicious Southern wedding menu? We have some tips for you – so read on and inspire yourself:

  • In the South, people put a lot of accent on their family relationships – and many times, spending quality time with your family and friends means eating great food. This adds even more importance to your wedding menu – so don’t be afraid to make it very personal (e.g. using a particular ham stuffed biscuits recipe you loved in your family).
  • Not all Southern weddings are alike, though. They can differ a lot from one state to another, and they can even display huge differences from one region to another. Of course, there will always be foods that are considered to be avatars of the Southern cuisine – but every region has something special about it, so you should definitely include this in your wedding menu.
  • For instance, weddings in the Mountain South area are likely to serve Apple Stack Cakes. Traditionally, guests brought the layers for the cake at the wedding and the bride’s family added them to the cake each time a new guest would arrive at the wedding.
  • Southern food is so diverse precisely because it has been influenced by world-renowned cuisines – such as Greek, Italian, Africa, or Irish. If your guests are not from the South, they will be delighted to taste these amazing, unique dishes!

 

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Photo source: flickr.com/  Pen Waggener

What Southern Sweet Treats Can You Serve at Your Wedding? Here Are Some of the BEST

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Regardless of whether you want to serve a traditional wedding cake or not, adding a few sweet treats on the side is always a good idea. After all, who doesn’t love munching on delicious cookies and pastries in between a couple of dances?

What are some of the best Southern sweet treats you can serve at your wedding? We have some tips for you – so read on and inspire yourself.

  • Southern Jarred Pies. It’s not a pie, it’s not a jar of cookies either – it’s something in between, just perfect for a sweet break during the wedding day. Place them on your candy bar or serve them as wedding favors and your guests will be absolutely delighted!
  • S’mores French toast. Not your regular wedding dessert, but definitely one your guests won’t forget very soon. This falls right under the “comfort food” section and blends together two of some of the most amazing sweet snacks ever invented – so what’s not to love about them? Scrumptious, tasty, and unique, these sweet bites will make your wedding feel even better!
  • Banana pudding. Bananas, pudding and nice little glasses – your guests will definitely want at least one serving of this deliciously Southern dessert. This is absolutely perfect for those of you who want to have a lovely, classy wedding, but still want to serve a dessert everyone is familiar with (and will surely love).

 

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