Chicken Sausage and Seafood Gumbo

Hi! It has been way too long since my last post! I am excited to share this nutrient dense recipe with you!

Living in Calgary Alberta, we definitely do not have abundant access to wild, fresh water seafood. I was extremely fortunate this year because my dad and two brothers went on a deep sea fishing trip and brought home boxes and boxes of beautiful salmon and halibut. Because of their generosity, now I get the opportunity to do some recipe testing with all the delicious fish I was gifted! The best part of developing this gumbo recipe for me was knowing how incredibly sulfur rich it is. After all I have learned about sulfur over the past few months and understanding the crucial role it plays in our health- I was determined to find more ways to create and share some sulfur rich recipes with you!

Seafood is extremely high in many vitamins and minerals and is rich in many nutrients that are not found in many other foods. The one nutrient that I am going to focus on today is sulfur. Seafood is very high in sulfur and my interest in sulfur and it’s relationship to optimum health was stirred by Dr. Stephanie Seneff.  I listened to one of her lectures recently at the Weston Price Foundation conference in Atlanta. Seneff is a professor at MIT and focusses her research on vitamin D3 and Cholesterol Sulfate.

Seneff believes that when sulfur is deficient, the skin can not handle the exposure to UV light nearly as well.  Sulfur molecules are able to take advantage of the ionizing radiation and put it to good use -the skin captures the oxygen from the air in the form of the sulfate molecule (SO4-2).

Sulfate is absolutely essential to health — it populates the extracellular matrix proteins of all the cells and keeps them healthy. It’s especially important in the blood for keeping microbes at bay. Seneff believes  it’s the sulfate that gets produced in the skin upon sunlight exposure that protects the immune system.

How can we increase the sulfur in our diet? This is a list of foods that contain sulfur.

Eggs, seafood, brussels sprouts, asparagus, onions, garlic, wheat germ, onion and legumes.

Let’s make some delicious sulfur rich seafood soup!

Seafood and Chicken Sausage Gumbo

Yields 12 cups

  • 3 Tbsp ghee
  • 8 sunworks farms organic chicken sausages, casing removed and diced
  • 2-3 cups wild shrimp
  • 2 cups fresh wild scallops
  • 3-4 lbs organic wild caught white fish, shredded
  • 6 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp celtic sea salt
  • 8-9 cups fish stock or chicken broth
  • 2 large leeks, half moon sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 -6 oz jar organic tomato paste
  • 6 roma tomatoes, small diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 1 package fresh basil, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, minced
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley, minced  plus more for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat and add ghee, leeks and salt. Saute until translucent. Add garlic, carrots, herbs, spices, bay leaf and peppers – stir to combine.
  2. Add fish stock, (or chicken stock) tomato paste, tomatoes, sausage and fish. Cook for 10-15 min or until flavors are balanced. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
  3. Season with lemon juice and garnish with parsley.  Enjoy!

Thank you to Sunworks Farms for their delicious chicken sausage!

Source – Justine Stenger

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