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Chunky Vegetable Gumbo With Shrimp

Ingredients
  Bacon slices 6 , diced
  Chopped okra/1 package, 10 ounces frozen okra, chopped 3 Cup (48 tbs) (Use Fresh)
  Vegetable oil 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  All purpose flour 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Diced celery 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Chopped green onion 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Onion 1 Medium, chopped to make 1/2 cup
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), finely chopped
  Yellow squash 1 Small, thinly sliced
  Zucchini 1 Small, thinly sliced
  Diced sweet green pepper 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Bay leaves 2
  Chicken broth 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)
  Finely chopped parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Thyme leaf 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Ground hot red pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Worcestershire sauce 1 Teaspoon
  Medium shrimp 1 Pound, shelled and deveined
  File powder 3⁄4 Teaspoon
Directions

1. Microwave the diced bacon, uncovered, in a 2-quart microwave-safe dish on Full Power for 3 minutes or until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve.
2. Microwave the okra in the bacon drippings on Full Power for 7 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
3. Microwave the oil in a 3-quart microwave-safe casserole, uncovered, on Full Power for 2 to 3 minutes or until hot. Stir in the flour until blended.
4. Microwave the flour mixture on Full Power for 7 to 8 minutes or until cinnamon-colored, stirring often. Stir in the celery, onion and garlic.
5. Microwave, uncovered, on Full Power for 4 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring once. Stir in the okra mixture, the squash, zucchini, green pepper and bay leaves. Add the chicken broth, parsley, salt, pepper, thyme, red pepper and Worcestershire sauce, blending well. Cover the dish with vented heavy-duty microwave-safe plastic wrap.
6. Microwave on Full Power for 7 to 9 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the reserved bacon and the shrimp. Cover.
7. Microwave on Full Power for 2 to 4 minutes or until the shrimp just begins to curl. Stir in the file powder, if you wish. Remove the bay leaves. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Microwaving
Ingredient: 
Shrimp
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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