It's Fat Tuesday and many of us are going to indulge in rich gumbos, savory jambalayas and sweet beignets in honor of the occasion.
Eating healthy may seem fruitless on a day devoted to high-calorie, rich foods.
But there are ways to make healthier versions of our favorite Fat Tuesday dishes.
Eatingwell.com offers this healthy sausage gumbo recipe.
- 12 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 cups chopped tomatoes
- 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 1/2 cups frozen chopped okra
- 3/4 cup instant brown rice
- 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and sliced (optional)
- Cook sausage in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl lined with paper towels.
- Return the pan to medium-high heat and add oil. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and Cajun seasoning and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add flour and cook, stirring to coat the vegetables, until the flour browns, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to release their juices, about 2 minutes. Stir in broth, cover, increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Return the sausage to the pan, along with okra and rice; reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the okra is heated through and the rice is tender, about 10 minutes. Serve sprinkled with sliced scallions, if using.
- Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Ingredient Note: Cajun seasoning is a spice blend that usually includes cayenne and black pepper, salt, thyme, garlic and onion powder and paprika. Look for it in the spice section of the supermarket.
Per serving: 168 calories; 6 g fat ( 2 g sat , 1 g mono ); 25 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 3 g fiber; 631 mg sodium; 448 mg potassium.
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