Slow Cooker Gumbo
Is someone who doesn’t have time to cook? I ADORE my slow cooker and I wanted to tell you some more tricks that help me stay on track! I am a busy working mom who takes time to workout everyday and we homeschool our boys. So for lunches, one way to make these successful is to plan healthy dinners and make larger batches so you can take the leftovers for lunch! We still have ‘pizza night’, ‘taco night’, ‘spaghetti and meatballs’, ‘mac-n-cheese’ and Gumbo…just a little different. Once you get used to a routine of making them different, life actually gets easier. Plan Plan Plan is the key to success.
One trick we do is that Craig helps clean up for dinner, while I prepare dinner for the next night. So I fill up the crockpot with the Gumbo ingredients and prep the cauliflower “rice” in my beloved mini food processor. All I have to do in the morning is take the crock pot shell out of the fridge and turn the crock pot on. When I get home, I stir-fry the Cauliflower Rice and “tada”! Dinner was ready in 5 minutes!
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 (10-ounce) package frozen okra, thawed
2 links andouille sausage, diced
1 cup chopped onions
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups Contadina Thick and Zesty sauce
1 bag frozen cooked shrimp, thawed and patted dry
2 cups Cauliflower rice (I prepared the night before and had ready to stir fry when I got home)
In a slow-cooker, combine the chicken and all remaining ingredients except the shrimp and cauliflower rice. Mix well to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. 10 minutes before serving. Add the shrimp. Serve over cauliflower rice.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per cup):
White Rice = 242 calories, 53 carbs, 0 fiber
Brown Rice = 218 calories, 46 carbs, 4 fiber
Cauliflower “Rice” = 28 calories, 3 carbs, 1 fiber
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