My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and ktmadeit.com was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Light Chicken & Turkey Sausage Gumbo


First off, I must say, if you don't own a dutch oven, you must go buy one! I got this beautiful red one at Macy's a couple of months ago (how I lived my life without one up until now I do.not.know!). This thing is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. I use mine every chance I get. I found this gumbo recipe in one of my fitness magazines and made a few tweaks since I refuse to eat shrimp.
{ Prep Time: 10 mins / Cooking Time: 20 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 4-6 servings }

Ingredients:
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 turkey sausages, casing removed, cut into 1/2" slices
3 cups celery, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh thyme, chopped
2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
fried okra, optional

Directions:
1. Generously sprinkle both sides of chicken with Cajun seasoning. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown chicken and sausage, turning once, 3-5 mins. If you haven't chopped your veggies, now's a perfect time to do so.
2. Add celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic and thyme. Cook until vegetables start to soften, about 2-3 mins. Reduce heat to medium.
3. Sprinkle flour over entire mixture. Cook, stirring, 1 min. Add tomatoes (in their juice) and chicken broth. Simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 10 mins.
4. Garnish with parsley and serve with fried okra.

Recipe borrowed from Self Magazine

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