Healthy, simple gumbo recipe with Mesa de Vida Creole healthy cooking sauce
    • 2Tb Butter or olive oil
    • 4Tb all purpose or brown rice flour
    • 1jar Mesa de Vida Creole inspired healthy cooking sauce
    • Salt and hot sauce to taste
    • 6cups low sodium broth (seafood, chicken, vegetable, or water)
    • Chicken (on or off the bone), nitrate-free sausage, diced chicken, cooked seafood such as crab and shrimp, okra, etc. Have fun and make this your own!
    1. Heat a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, when hot add butter or oil, swirl to coat.
    2. When melted whisk in the flour. Cook, stirring often, until the flour turns a deep brown/copper color, similar to the color of a penny. The cooking and toasting of the flour roux is a big part of the flavor of gumbo. Don’t rush this process, you don’t want the flour to burn. Just cook and stir, this process takes anywhere from 8-12 minutes or so.
    3. When the roux is brown, whisk in the Mesa de Vida Creole inspired healthy cooking sauce. (This is where your house is about to smell amazing.) Stir often, cooking for 2-3 minutes until very thick. Add salt and hot sauce to taste.
    4. Whisk in the broth, stirring constantly so you whisk out any lumps. Bring to a simmer.
    5. Add your remaining ingredients. If using raw meat on the bone, add that first. Sliced sausage, cooked meats or seafood, diced chicken and vegetables such as okra don’t have to be cooked as long. Simmer until the chicken (if using) is falling off the bone tender and all of the flavors have blended.
    6. Taste and adjust salt and hot sauce to taste.
    7. Serve over hot cooked rice if you wish and enjoy!