Delicious, Filling Low Carb Gumbo
When the weather starts to turn and the leaves begin to change colors on the trees, I always get excited to start making my favorite fall foods. The colder weather makes me say goodbye to my summertime go-to recipes and hello to things that are more filling and warm. No one really wants to eat a hearty stew on a hot, humid summer day but when the temperature begins to drop, a warm bowl of something is exactly what I want! I definitely start craving warmth, flavor, and, of course, low carb goodness. One of the answers to this craving is gumbo.
You have probably heard of gumbo or had gumbo at some point in your life- it is pretty popular! But, if you haven’t, you may be wondering what gumbo really is. Gumbo is essentially a thick soup that is packed with a variety of veggies and meats. It originated in Louisiana and is actually still the official state food. It is full of Cajun and creole flavors that make the soup really tasty and also quite unique. There really is no other soup that comes close to having as much taste in each bite. If you are looking for something to excite your taste buds, this is definitely it!
I use to think that making my own gumbo would be hard. Looking at the long list of ingredients can be intimidating. Then I realized that the soup could easily be made in a slow cooker and that instantly took away my anxiety around such a complex dish. To make this gumbo, all you need to do is place all of the ingredients into your slow cooker, give the mix a quick stir, cover the pot and cook for a few hours. You’ll come back to a perfectly cooked gumbo that would make any Southerner proud! Now that is an easy way to make a meal.
If you are wondering about the ingredients that go into this soup, let me reassure you that they are all low carb and keto friendly. There are a lot of ingredients in this recipe for sure but we have balanced them out to ensure that the carb count is low while the flavor of the gumbo is still high. Chicken thighs, shrimp, and sausage are the proteins that our recipe uses and also the classic three meats that go into a gumbo. Pepper, onion, celery, garlic, and tomatoes are the primary veggies- all keto friendly! Then comes our perfect mix of spices which is the key to any truly great gumbo. Cajun seasoning is a necessity and thyme, oregano, and pepper help boost the flavor and amplify the taste of this gumbo.
Go grab your slow cooker and pop all of the ingredients on this list into the pot. In four hours, you can come back and thank us for giving you such an amazing recipe that is sure to help warm up those cool fall nights. While we will miss those long summer days, this gumbo will definitely help power us through the fall! Enjoy!
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