Ingredient: creole seasoning

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is probably the most traditional Creole food, and once fall rolls around, heavy pots are pulled out for this cold weather favorite. Most gumbo recipes call for chicken pieces or a whole chicken, a roux that take a long time, and the gumbo takes hours to simmer. I was determined to create an equally delicious version that could be made in 60 minutes or less. Considering my family went back for second and thirds, I would say this version fits the bill!

American, Bbq/Grilling, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Seafood, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Salmon Salad

Serve with watermelon slices, French bread-

This was a surprise hit, considering my family does not prefer salmon. My oldest declared that “this doesn’t even taste like salmon” as she went back for seconds. It is truly a keep-the-heat-out-of-the-kitchen recipe as the salmon is grilled and tossed with fresh, crisp ingredients. Cool watermelon slices and a loaf of good quality bread round out a new way to eat salmon in the summer.

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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

This is one our favorite slow cooker recipes (and its vegetarian!). It’s great on its own, but can be the base for taco salads, burritos, tacos, or as a side dish to a grilled meat. I cook my rice in a rice cooker 40 minutes before we are set to eat. If I know I will be out right up ‘til dinner time, then I make it at the same time as when I prepare the beans, only needing to heat it up at mealtime. You will have extras- perfect for lunch the next day!

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Creole Turkey and Rice

Served with braised collards-

I came up with this Creole-inspired recipe when I was gifted from my friend and neighbor, Amy B., her leftover Thanksgiving Creole brined turkey breast. This is so delicious and easy to make whether you use leftover or fresh turkey. Served over steaming hot rice and a side of collards and you’ll be bringing out your Louisiana drawl in not time.