Low Carb Crock Pot Chicken Sausage Gumbo

Tired of bland crock pot food?  This meal is sure to spice up your taste buds.  It is delicious and healthy for you.  It is also a great way to use up any leftovers when you grill out. A great way to “cook once and eat twice.”  Barbecuing the meats before making the gumbo gives this dish a great smokey flavor without have to add a traditional roux which is high in carbs and calories.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1 pound already grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts (this is about 2 large chicken breasts) diced into pieces

2 links already grilled italian sausage, quartered and diced (you can replace this with turkey sausage if you are on a very low fat diet)
1 cup chopped onions
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
(1) 32 oz box of reduced-sodium chicken broth [this is approx. 4 cups]
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon Tony’s Creole Seasoning
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Directions:
Cook on low for 3 hours or until the veggies are cooked to your likeness.  Eat by itself or serve it over low carb cauliflower rice as shown in the picture http://www.lowcarbcrock.com/2011/11/cauliflower-rice-recipe/

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How to Make Your Own Turkey Breakfast Sausage (Low Carb, Low Calorie, All Natural)

This is a great make ahead recipe that is seasoned the same in taste as regular breakfast sausage, but it is made with ground turkey.

These turkey sausage patties keep well for several days in the fridge and makes for a quick “grab and go” breakfast.  It also freezes great!

This recipe is very well liked in our house by the adults and kids! It is great alone, with eggs, or on low carb bread with cream cheese (my personal favorite)!

This recipe makes about 10 turkey sausage patties and has no measurable carbs in it.

This recipe can be doubled to make a large freezer batch. 

Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey (ground turkey, NOT ground turkey breast – that is too lean)
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Cayenne or Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Directions:
Mix ingredients and then form sausage shaped patties.  Pan fry in non-stick cooking spray or a bit of olive oil until cooked though. 

*I like to put a lid on over the sausage the first 5 minutes or so before flipping the sausage – then I leave the lid off and turn up the heat to high to brown both sides.  Sometimes if I get a batch of watery ground turkey (it just happens sometimes) I’ll drain the water after it is cooked through so it will brown on high.

Here is how you can make a weeks worth of breakfast in a very short amount of time! 

Electric griddle: this is the one I own shown below:
Presto 07030 Cool Touch 20-Inch Electric Griddle, Black (amazon.com)

I like it because the plug comes off and the whole griddle can be washed with soap and water.

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5 Minute Low Carb "Leftover" Chili (Crock Pot, Stove or Microwave)

 
 
 

Make yesterday’s leftovers into something new and delicious!

I often have leftover chicken or beef from other meals I have made.  Instead of eating the same thing again, it is fun to recreate it into a easy yummy chili. 

Ingredients:
2-3 cups cups of cooked meat such as chicken breast or stew meat
(1) 16 ounce jar of Salsa (I used Chi-Chi’s Thick & Chunky Salsa)*

1 teaspoon cumin
teaspoon salt
tablespoon chili powder 
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup of water

Hot Sauce & Jalapenos (optional)


Directions:
Mix all ingredients and heat until warmed through.  Top with shredded cheese, black olives and a dollop of sour cream if desired.

*Chi-Chi’s Thick & Chunky Salsa has approximately 30 grams of net carbs in an entire 16 ounce jar. This recipes makes about (5) 1 cup servings equaling approximately 6 net grams of carbs per cup.

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