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Turkey Gumbo

2 Tablespoon margarine
4 Ripe tomatoes peeled or 16 oz can peeled tomatoes
1/2 Pound fresh or frozen okra 1" pieces
2 Cup chopped celery
2 Cup water
1 Medium onion, chopped
2 Cup chopped cooked turkey
1 Small sweet green pepper, chopped
3/4 Teaspoon gumbo file powder (ground sassafras and thyme)
2 Garlic cloves minced
Cooked rice
8 Ounce can tomato paste

Melt the margarine in a large skillet
Add the okra
Sauté until the okra loses its shiny appearance, about 5 minutes
Remove the okra pieces to a bowl
Add the celery onion, green pepper, and garlic to the skillet
Cook over medium heat until the onion is transparent
Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, water, okra mixture, and turkey
Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until turkey is hot
Add the file powder
Stir to blend
Spoon over the rice in soup bowls

Food Exchange 1/4 recipe = 255 calories, 3 lean meat, 1 bread, 1 vegetable
19g carbohydrate 25g protein 10g fat, 176 mg sodium 1102mg potassium 54mg cholesterol

Courtesy  American Diabetes Association Holiday Cookbook by Betty Wedman

Serves 4