My daughter, Savannah, has always loved cooking and spending time with me in the kitchen. This love of cooking has inspired her to create recipes and share them in a recipe column she writes for her homeschool enrichment journalism class. The column is dedicated to tasty, healthy recipes. Here is her most recent submission.

Nourishing Gumbo

by Savannah Williams

I really love gumbo because it’s filling, warm and a little spicy. It’s perfect for winter time. Last week, I ordered the gumbo at Tupelo Honey Cafe and it was pretty tasty, so I wanted to create my own recipe. After experimenting I discovered that I liked gumbo on rice as much as i liked it as a soup. This recipe is one I found to be healthy, delicious, and filling. Definitely worth trying.


• 1 Tbsp butter
• 2 kielbasa sausages
• 1 onion
• 1 tsp rosemary
• 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• 2 chopped carrots
• 1 bay leaf, not chopped
• 2 cups of frozen okra, already chopped
• 2 cups chopped chicken
• 3 ½ cups bone broth (I used turkey broth from Thanksgiving)
• 2 Tbsp cornstarch
• 2 tsp hot pepper sauce
• ½ tsp ground black pepper
• Cooked brown rice


1. Melt butter in a large pan on medium heat. Cut the kielbasa sausages into desired size, and add into the pan. Cut the onion, carrots,and garlic and stir into the pan with the sausage. Cook until the carrots are soft and the onions are caramelized. Transfer this mixture to a plate or bowl.
2. Saute okra in a little olive oil or butter until it is crunchy but cooked through. It can get kind of gooey if overcooked so watch it. When it’s done, add the okra to the plate of sausage and veggies.
3. Pour the broth into the skillet and let it warm up around medium heat. Once it’s warm, add in cornstarch little bits at a time. Stir with a whisk. It will thicken after 5 or so minutes and shouldn’t be clumpy. Add the seasoning to the broth mixture to give it more flavor.
4. Add chicken and cook in the broth mix on low to medium heat. Once this is finished, combine it with the sausage and veggie mix. Taste this combination to see if it’s spicy enough for you.
5. Add a cup or so of brown rice to a bowl and top with the veggie and meat mix.

You can add Green Dragon Sauce, greek yogurt, or hot sauce at this point to customize the spiciness and creaminess.

Happy noshing!

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