Not-So-Fat Tuesday: A Healthy Gumbo for Your Mardi Gras Celebration
Health Hacks Mardi Gras celebrations are known for being over the top, but it's possible to enjoy the flavors of New Orleans without all the calories.
- 1 yellow pepper
- ½ onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 package ground turkey
- 1 large can diced tomatoes
- 1 tbs of cajun spice
- 1 cup celery
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 tbs all-purpose flower
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 tbs of olive oil
- 2 cups vegetable broth
In a large pot prepare your brown rice.
Sauté onion and 2 cloves of garlic with olive oil in a frying pan. Add ground turkey, and cook until brown.
Once your meat is browned and your rice is cooked, combine them.
Add large can of tomatoes and cajun spice. Use a table spoon of cajun spice and periodically mix in at different points of the recipe. (I added some while the meat was browning and then again when I added the tomatoes.)
Add in 2 cups of vegetable broth and let stand on medium heat for about 15 minutes.
While this is all heating up, make a roux of 2 table spoons of butter and about a tablespoon of flour in a separate pot. To prepare your roux, mix your butter and flower on low heat and stir frequently until it thickens to a paste like consistency.
Add your roux to your big pot to thicken the sauce. At this point your gumbo should be at a low boil.
Add your chopped pepper and celery. By adding these ingredients last it makes them a little more crisp.
Let stand on medium heat for another 10 minutes until everything is heated and ready to serve.