Gumbo in 25 Minutes!

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My Favorite Recipe to make is Chicken and Sausage Gumbo that just needs to cook for 25 minutes!

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This recipe is for use in a pressure cooker like an Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi. Personally, I LOVE my Ninja Foodi! This thing is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, air fryer, broiler, and functions I haven’t even tried yet.

I have the 8 Quart and even with the big size, this gumbo is GONE by the next day! I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs and they SHRED at the end of the cook time.

Pro Tip: Cook your rice BEFORE you make your Gumbo. It takes 5 minutes or less in a pressure cooker and then you’re ready for your gumbo!

Disclaimer: I am not a chef, or any type of professional cook. I rarely measure, so bear with me.


  • 1 lb Boneless, Skinless, Chicken thighs

  • 1 lb smoked sausage

  • 1 Box of Jambalaya Girl Gumbo Base (I tried this with another local gumbo base and this one is definitely darker and better)

  • 1/2 Large Container of Creole Seasoning Mix (You know, the trinity from the produce section)

  • 3 Bay Leaves

  • Water or Chicken Stock (Go for the Unsalted, natural stuff or your gumbo will be WAY salty.


  1. Lay your chicken thighs in a layer in the bottom of your pressure cooker.

  2. Cut your sausage into bite sized pieces. I like a LOT of pieces of sausage so I cut in in half moons.

  3. Put in your 1/2 container of seasoning

  4. Put the Bay Leaves in

  5. Mix The Gumbo base with some water (I like to use an empty jar or even a shaker bottle to really get it mixed well. Use at least 3 cups of water.)

  6. Add your water or stock until the chicken thighs are just covered.

  7. Put the pressure lid on.

  8. Cook at high Pressure for 25 minutes. Either release is fine.

  9. Stir and remove your bay leaves. You may need a fork to help the chicken, but it usually just shreds.

Serve over rice. May serve 6 or 8, depends on the bowl size!

Enjoy your Gumbo!

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Let's Talk about Lent


New Year’s resolutions are so Jan 1, in New Orleans the resolutions that we take to heart are our Lenten promises. Being a very Catholic town, New Orleans is steeped in this tradition. It is probably divine intervention that Lent coincides with crawfish season, thus making fasting from meat on Fridays easy, even something to look forward to. Signs for fish frys (even drive through ones) pop up at churches all over the area.

Every year it becomes what everyone talks about, “what are you giving up for Lent”? Even the non Catholics get in on it. When I was a kid I went to Catholic School (shocker!) and we had to say what we were giving up. One year my dad had an idea, instead of giving up something, we had to learn something. That year my sister and I learned the American Sign Language Alphabet. I still remember that lent and still remember that alphabet.

This year I am once again learning for Lent. I’m also giving up sugar, but that’s not for Lent, that’s for my health - but that’s another post.

This year, I am learning to love myself and not work on my stress level. I’ve had some tough times and I made it through it. But sometimes, making it through is not nearly good enough. I need to start to enjoy my life more and work smarter. I’ve read it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. Well, during Lent I have time to make 2 new habits!

It’s going to be a process, but at the end of these 40 days I’ll have some habits established and my goal is to stress less!

So, what are you giving up for lent?

Much Love,