Mr. Food: Mardi Gras Gumbo

Prepare for a party in your mouth with another one of Mr. Food's tasty recipes.
Let's take a look at a Mardi Gras favorite.

In just days it'll be carnival time! Yup, revelers will be celebrating Mardi Gras with parades and parties and, of course, loads of good food! And if we'd like to join in the tasty fun at home, even if we're watching what we eat, here's a classic Cajun-style gumbo that I've lightened up, from my “Every Day's a Holiday Diabetic Cookbook”, that'll fit just right for everyone!

Using any brands at all, in a soup pot, we combine 1 pound each of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs that we've cut into 1-inch chunks (I use the thighs instead of the traditional sausage, you know, to keep it lighter).

Add 1 can diced tomatoes, juice and all, 1 can drained corn, 1 package frozen cut okra, 2 cans reduced-sodium chicken broth, 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce, 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, and 1 teaspoon black pepper.

Bring it all to a boil, turn down the heat, let it simmer for about 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, and it's ready to dish up! You know, gumbo was originally cooked at home as an inexpensive, hearty meal, made with whatever was on hand.

Well, we can still use our favorites! Either way, simply serve it over some rice to sop up every last drop of those flavorful juices and mmm mmm! If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope marked "Mardi Gras Gumbo" to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or look for it online for loads of reasons to celebrate a festive favorite our gang will love that's easy for us to make, so everyone says, "ooh it's so good!!®"