It’s been 10 years since I ate some real authentic gumbo. What didn’t help was that it was my last night visiting family in Alabama and too many drink had passed my lips so all I can remember was that it tasted nice.
It was a huge bbq party, celebrating the start of the American College football season. Roll, Tide, Roll (and all that)! And where there’s a celebration, there’s more food than you can shake a stick at.
And with it being the start of a new year (and the fact I couldn’t resist practising with my new shiny 50mm Canon 1.8 lens after boffing up on my new Tasty Food Photogaphy eBook purchase – which was well worth the money I thought), this was a recipe I HAD to create!It’s a beautifully rich and thick slow cooker wonder. Yes, there’s a smidgen prep to sear your meat first with some onion sauteing going on, but once that’s done, all you need to do is chuck everything in your pot and do your own thing, y’all! (Could.not.help.myself).
But the trick here for its thickness is using 40g of porridge oats. I don’t consider this as a Slimming World “tweak” because “tweaks” are about overeating things that are considered “free food”. The beauty about these “healthy extras” is they’re all should be portioned out as your daily allowance. And because it serves 4 people, it works out 10g per person. But of course, always ring Slimming World’s hotline for your own peace of mind.
And if you’re hesitant about porridge lumps hanging around, they completely disintegrate. They magically disappear.
Now, you’ll notice I haven’t put “syn free” in the title. Why do you ask? Well, there are so many sausages available – some are “free”, some are not, so take your pick! It’s a very personal taste because, let’s face it, some taste naff and some don’t.
I’m not devoted to one brand of sausage – it’s often whatever low fat ones that are available, but if I’m in Tesco, I’ll head for the healthy living ones or the brand Heck. Or why not make this vegetarian instead?
Let me know what sausages you had below and their syns and hopefully it might help a future reader.
Enjoy, y’all! (Oh, and I’ll discretely tell you that I’m currently in the middle of writing my 2nd healthy recipe eBook – for the Slow Cooker but many more recipes can be found here while you wait).
Recipe – Serves 4
(Syns only depend on what sausages you use)
- Low calorie cooking oil spray
- 4 chicken breasts, cut in to bite size pieces
- 6-8 low or syn free sausages
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 celery sticks
- 4 bay leaves
- A good sprinkling of ground cajun spice (mine’s from Aldi in a mill grinder)
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 40g oats *(A quarter of each person’s Healthy Extra B between 4 people)
- 200ml chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 sprigs of thyme
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- Spray a large frying pan with cooking oil spray and sear the sausages for 5 minutes.
- Now add the chicken and cook until golden brown.
- Next throw in the onions to saute and remove everything from the heat.
- Then slice the sausages in to 2-3cm chunks and transfer them, the chicken and onions to a slow cooker.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, pop the lid on and cook on low for around 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- Serve with rice or whatever you fancy.
- Did you make it? Then I’d love to see it on Instagram, so why not tag me in a pic? (@TastefullyVikkie).
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