Gumbo is so indulgent, but it doesn’t need to be something to feel guilty about. If you ever want the New Orleans classic with a little ~extra~ nutrition, our School Nutrition Program’s healthy and delicious gumbo is the perfect dinner any day, but especially during National Nutrition Month.
Our version of gumbo is one of the most beloved meals we serve at SNP. We start with a traditional, rich, dark roux base and add our twist—loads of lean turkey, smoked turkey sausage, and plenty of fresh herbs and spices. The result is a lightened-up stew packed with flavor without an overload of fat and sodium. Served with brown rice and a side of okra, this fiber and protein-packed meal is sure to power you through the day!
This recipe is for 12 people, perfect for sharing with family and friends, but make as much as you want for a perfect weeknight meal! Gumbo is also super easy to freeze if you don’t have time to cook but still want something delicious and light. Make it on the weekend and go gumbo crazy all week long!
SNP’s Turkey Sausage Gumbo
1 lb cooked turkey or chicken, diced (breast and/or thigh meat best)
8 oz smoked sausage, sliced (turkey, if available)
1 cup white whole wheat flour (all-purpose will work just fine)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 onions, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
5 stalks celery, diced
½ head garlic, minced, about 4-5 cloves
1/3 cup Creole seasoning, to taste
2 bay leaves
8 cups low sodium or unsalted chicken broth
1 tsp fresh thyme, minced
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, minced
1 cup diced scallion
Salt and pepper, to taste