I grew celery in my garden and since celery generally has a supporting role in dishes, I have been searching for soup recipes to cook. Celery has a surprisingly short shelf life unless you keep it hydrated. Good thing I can just cut it fresh when I need it!
I made slow cooker chicken gumbo because it sounded too good to be true. A gumbo that does not require a roux? One that can be made by throwing all the ingredients in at the same time and then left alone for 6 hours? Sign me up!
I realized that with tomato juice listed as an ingredient that this was not the gumbo I am used to. But still, with all the vegetables and seasonings I knew it would be good. And it was very tasty with the perfect amount of seasonings and heat for my taste! I did add more salt at the end, after I tasted it. Also, I used chicken thighs and put in half the sausage because it seemed like too much but I should have put the entire link in as it really cooks down. Oh, and I did use a red bell pepper rather than green because I have heard that red peppers have more nutrients.