Thursday, March 3, 2016

Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo w/ Baked Italian Loaf Bread

Dinner Tonight:Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo w/ Baked Italian Loaf Bread

No Breakfast for me this morning! I've been fasting since 11:00 last night. I have a doctor's
appointment at 9:15 this morning. It's my 4 month check up at the family doctor, checking blood, cholesterol, etc.. After the doctor visit I headed to Kroger for a few items for myself and Mom. We had a real light snow this morning that turned to a light mist of rain. Cloudy and cool out today. We are being invaded by Squirrels, Raccoons, Rabbits, and such. They are tearing down most of the woods behind us for Duke Energy to replace the power lines. The animals are scrambling to find new homes. For dinner tonight a favorite Gumbo Dish, I prepared Shrimp and Smoked Turkey Sausage Gumbo.

I have a lot of favorite meals but this one is near or at the top, love the combinations of Gumbo,
Shrimp, and Smoked Turkey Sausage. To make it I used a box of Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix for the Gumbo base, 1 Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage (sliced into bite size slices), a bag of Kroger Brand Jumbo Shrimp (that I precooked before adding to the Gumbo), and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

The Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix uses Pasta instead of Rice. Very easy to prepare, takes
about 25-30 minutes. I just boil the stock that’s in the packet, add the sliced the Turkey Sausage to the stock along with a few shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and continued to cook for 10-15 minutes. Then I added Extra Large Shrimp and simmered another 3-6 minutes. And the Gumbo is ready to serve and It turns out fantastic! Nice flavor, incredible tasting stock, meaty Shrimp and Sausage, and plenty of Pasta, makes one easily prepared hearty and delicious dish. Plus enough leftovers for a couple of lunches too! I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury Italian Loaf Bread. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.

Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix is an easy-to-prepare mix that has just the right blend of ingredients for a great-tasting, authentic New Orleans style meal. With Zatarain’s New Orleans style pasta dinners, you can enjoy the fun of pasta and the authentic flavor of New Orleans! Just add ground beef to complete this easy-to-prepare dinner your whole family will love.

Zatarain’s Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix:
* A New Orleans tradition since 1889
* Add meat to make a complete meal

Enriched Pasta Product (Semolina (Wheat), Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Onion, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Red & Green Bell Pepper, Spices (Including Red Pepper And Parsley), Sprouted Wheat Flour, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Garlic, Caramel Color, Thiamine Hydrochloride, And Sulfiting Agents.

Usage Tips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes 5 (1-cup) servings.

1 package Zatarain’s® Gumbo Pasta Dinner Mix
1 tablespoon oil
1 pound andouille or other cooked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 3/4 cups water

1. HEAT oil in large skillet (12-inch) on medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
2. STIR in water and Pasta Dinner Mix. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
3. REMOVE from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken upon standing. Stir before serving.

Chicken Gumbo: Prepare as directed, using 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, in place of the sausage. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Shrimp Gumbo: Prepare as directed in Step 1, using 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, in place of the sausage. Cook and stir 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. Continue as directed, stirring shrimp back into skillet after pasta is tender.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 32 G
Servings Per Container 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 G 0
Saturated Fat 0 G
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 0 Mg 0
Sodium 570 Mg 24
Total Carbohydrate 23 G 8%
Dietary Fiber 2 G 8%
Sugars 1 G
Protein 4 G

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