Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday's Supper - Faux Gumbo

Ok so enough of snacks. I'm sharing a recipe both Joe and I enjoyed. It's a Weight Watchers recipe but it's delightfully filling and great with a dash of your favorite hot sauce. The perfect recipe for a cold winter meal.

Faux Gumbo
Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

4 teaspoons reduced-calorie margarine
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
6 scallions, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
One 14 1/2-ounce can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup trimmed sliced fresh or thawed frozen okra
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crumbled
1 bay leaf
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup regular long-grain rice
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into 1/2" pieces
One 2" piece kielbasa, cut into 8 slices

1. In a large nonstick saucepan, melt the margarine. Saute the bell pepper, celery, scallions and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, okra, thyme, bay leaf and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes.

2. Stir in the rice and simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Add the shrimp, chicken and kielbasa; simmer, covered, until the shrimp is pink, the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender, about 5 minutes longer. Discard the bay leaf.

Modifications:
* We did use frozen okra and shrimp but it turned out just fine.
* We used a turkey kielbasa which helped to cut out even more calories and fat.
* The recipe makes 4 servings but I'd totally double it and have extra for leftovers for a few days. It holds up well in the fridge and is very hearty and satisfying.
* We added some hot sauce on top which is a great way to pump up the flavor and spice if you like that.

What's your favorite winter meal? Do you have a go-to soup or stew that's a big family favorite?

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