Living in the south for almost 4 years I definitely got hooked on southern food. One of my favorites is gumbo, which I learned can be a very labor intensive dish. I found a quicker (and much easier) way that tastes just as good. I usually use sausage and chicken but you can use any meat (or no meat) you prefer.
1. Slow cook chicken for 4 hours on high in a slow cooker. You want to season the water so that the chicken does not come out bland. I use seasoning salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and some hot sauce (can you tell I like spicy food). You can use anything to season the water from garlic, onions, etc. Also, you don't have to slow cook the chicken I just prefer it if I have the time.
2. Once the chicken is cooked remove from slow cooker and dice up into smaller pieces.
3. Cut sausage into bite size pieces and cook.
4. Follow the directions of the Zatarins box to prepare the gumbo (boil water, add rice and meat, and cook for 30 minutes).