Super Easy, Healthy Crockpot Gumbo

This healthy gumbo has been a staple crockpot meal in my home for a couple years now. It’s tasty, low calorie, high protein, and only takes about 10 minutes to put together in the crockpot. It’s so easy, it hardly even requires a recipe. Below is a step by step picture guide to put it together.

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First, assemble your ingredients! Sometimes I will dice up some bell pepper, but didn’t have any on hand yesterday. These are the basic ingredients.

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4 cups of frozen okra, check. Two cans of organic diced tomatoes, check.

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Frozen shrimp, check. I prefer the medium, deveined variety. This was a $5 bag from my grocery store of choice.

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I cut up chunks of the spicy lean turkey sausage and stir the mixture with my hands. If the chunks of turkey sausage are altogether, they will clump up and not create the desired effect. You must mix!

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Season lightly with some Tony Chachere’s or your desired Cajun seasoning. Since it’s better to make it less salty than too salty, I sprinked a conservative amount. The other ingredients generate a nice flavor on their own, but a little seasoning goes a long way.

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Pour enough chicken stock into the crockpot so that there is liquid about half way up the crockpot. I honestly never measure out how much I’m using, but I estimate it may be the range of 3 cups.

Set the crockpot to High for 4 hours OR Low for 8 hours. I use the former option for weekends, such as yesterday, and the latter option for working weekdays.

When the crockpot is done cooking, add as much rice as you like to the mixture. Normally I use one entire “boil in the bag.” I do not recommend adding the rice to the crockpot with the other ingredients, because it will become mush by the end of the cooking process.

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Enjoy! Approximate calories per serving: 25g protein, 300 calories.

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March 2017: What’s in your Ipsy bag?

A few months ago, I joined Ipsy after months (maybe even years) of listening to people talk about it. Before April of 2015, I only dabbled with make-up and went every where bare faced 99% of the time.

Now, a couple years later, I absolutely love Ipsy and it has actually saved me quite a bit of money, as I am no longer spending as much money on cosmetics. I do my best to start using the products as soon as I receive them, but sometimes it can be even a little much make up to keep up with!

With that said, here is what I received in my $10 glam bag this month:

Ipsy Bag March 2017

Eyeko Fat Brow Liquid Liner: Right now, I have about 4 different brow pencils/liners, so it may be a few weeks before I even get a chance to use it. The shade is a little dark, but overall this is a high quality product. I received a liquid eyeliner from them a few months ago and was very pleased with its performance.

Milk to Foam Coconut Milk Cleanser: Smells great, and will serve as a good change of pace from my Walmart face cleanser! Haha. You can never get enough face cleanser.

City Color Dark Spot Corrector: The reddish hue is effective for covering dark eye circles and eye bags, if applied in a triangular shape under each eye. I used to a apply these correctors in gobs under each eye and sometimes it made my eye bags look worse!

Tarte Quick Dry Matte Liquid Lipstick: I’m not a lipstick fan, but this is probably my favorite product I received in this bag. It really does dry quickly and doesn’t rub off on anything! I’ve been eating and drinking quite a bit this morning, and the color has stayed put quite nicely.

 

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Chella Tweezers: Just like the cleansers, I can never get enough tweezers. I tend to lose mine very easily, so it’s nice to keep one in every room of the house. These tweezers are definitely on par with the Tweezerman tweezers I received as a gift a few years ago.

 

If you’re not already an Ipsy member and want to try it out, go for it! Use my special link and get me some bonus points! I wouldn’t recommend this service if I didn’t feel that it was a very good deal for the money spent.

What was in your Ipsy bag this month?

 

 

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Hello, AT&T… Goodbye, Sprint!

Hola y buenos tardes, mis amigos– spring break has finally arrived! I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday and I am so overdue for a post. So much for March goal-setting, right? Hah! Just kidding. I’m definitely killing it on a couple goals but seriously slacking in others. Spring break is still young!

Here’s what I have been up to lately, in list format:

  1. Celebrated Justin’s Birthday! Yesterday, he turned 35 and we traded in his iPhone 4S for a beautiful iPhone 7. I can hardly believe that 4S lasted him as long as it did, without even a screen cracking. That phone was nearly as old as our relationship!

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I also got a new phone and officially switched over cell phone carriers. I had been a long-time customer of Spring and their service just wasn’t making the cut anymore.

2. Practiced plenty of Spanish. This weekend I downloaded the 3rd grade Spanish STAAR test for reading. For those of you not in Texas, STAAR is the official state assessment here. Reading the different kinds of passages (informational, fiction, poetry, etc) and answering the accompanying questions was a great comprehension exercise. I plan to complete the rest of the 3rd grade tests, then work my way up to 4th and 5th grade.

3. Deep cleaned the house. Bathrooms, living room, kitchen, master bedroom, etc… now I need to work on the mess that is my make-up desk:

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4. Played with my doggies, Sansa and Theon. They have been loving this spring break most of all. Plenty of time to run, play, and cuddle with these two furbabies!

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Later today I am off for my first language exchange date with a Mexican woman I met through Houston Language Exchange. I plan to work with her on her English in exchange for her helping me wish Spanish… wish me luck!

Besos,

Eva

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March Goals / February Revisited

Ah, hello March! It’s hard to believe Spring is practically here. This school year has been passing quickly. February came and went in a blink of an eye. So, how did I do with my goals for the month of February?

1. Complete my first course for principal certification with an A – Check! I’m officially six weeks into my program at this point.

2. Rollover my retirement savings into a traditional IRA – Check – sort of! I definitely got the ball rolling, and it’s about 90% taken care of.

3. Post at least twice a week and grow this blog – Epic fail, but my expectations were not very realistic in the first pace. For March, I will set monthly goals instead of focusing on weekly ones.

4. Dedicate at least six hours a week to language learning – Check!


Well, we live and learn, right? Here go my goals for the month of March!

1. Work on the landscaping around my house – Spring is almost here, which calls for plenty of outdoor plant maintenance! Last Spring we planted many tropical plants in our back yard, and the year before that, we completely revamped our front garden beds. I’m looking to improve on what we already have and add some more awesome plants over Spring Break!

2. Continue improving my Spanish language skills by dedicating at least six hours a week to language learning – I’ve completed the Duolingo Tree, so I’m continuing to use the “Practice” function for additional practice. This month I want to finish the Destinos series, and get some talking practice in through Italki.com

3. Work out at least 4x a week. This used to be so easy for me, but with so many commitments, exercise has truly taken a backseat. Well, not any more… this is a healthy lifestyle blog, for crying out loud. I should be setting a better example!

4. Write 8 blog posts – Instead of setting a goal of posting twice a week, I’m going to set the goal of at least 8 posts for the month of March. That seems much more doable with Spring Break coming up, and some weeks being busier than others.

5. Plan for summer travels. Justin (my husband and I) are undecided on exactly how much traveling we will be doing over the summer, due to our graduate school schedules and the demands of keeping up with our house. At the very least, I would like to spend 1-2 weeks in Mexico participating in a language immersion program. If we can make it to a couple camping trips in some National Parks, that would be even better, but who knows? It is going to be a busy summer.


Wish me luck with these! What are your goals for March?

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