from pin to post: chicken gumbo soup.

by Janetha on August 26, 2013

in moves,recipes

hey, there! how was your monday?

mine was the usual.. packed with meetings, lots of work, and FINALLY back to the gym for my first workout since last wednesday.  it was lil’ kate, which is one of the toughest GPP workouts around, but also one of my favorites. i am glad i was feeling up to doing it, because it’s not one that comes around too often.

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i finished in 28:46–pretty stoked because despite my time off, this was only 7 seconds longer than my PR for this workout. not sure how i pulled that off, but i’ll take it!

oh! we also celebrated kerryne’s birthday today. she’s 29… again ;) we had ruby snap cookies in honor of her birthday. ruby snap cookies are the cookie equivalent of those fancy shmancy gourmet cupcake shops that have popped up all over the place. i had the “zoe” (all the cookies have girl names) a lemon blueberry chia cookie–so good!


if you live around SLC and haven’t had a ruby snap cookie, you simply MUST. get your butt there and eat some cookies.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY KERRYNE! 

today was also national dog day! did you know? i didn’t know until mid-way through the day. lucky for my pups i had scheduled them both baths at daycare so they were nice and clean in honor of their national day :)


so.. onto the topic of tonight’s post! it’s been awhile since i have shared my kitchen adventures with you. i have actually been cooking a lot of new things lately, but haven’t bothered to take photos of the process or finished product. i know.. what kind of food blogger am i??

i have been making a ton of recipes found on pinterest, so i thought i would bring back my pin to post series here over the next few weeks!


i have had kristin’s chicken gumbo soup pinned for forty weeks. yep.. nearly a year! i finally got around to making it tonight, and i am sad that it took me so long to get to it!

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i followed the recipe nearly to a T, except one or two shortcuts.. shortcuts are fine by me, especially in the kitchen! i also reduced a few amounts, upped the spices, and omitted the water. it was a super speedy recipe–just thirty minutes from stove to soup bowl.


chicken gumbo soup
recipe source: iowa girl eats
total time: 30 minutes 
makes eight servings


  • 8 oz (4 thick slices) double smokes andouille bacon, chopped into 1/2″ squares
  • 1/2 cup diced onions and shallots (i bought this pre-diced from trader joe’s.. shortcut!)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery (again.. pre-diced.. shortcut!)
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 12 oz chicken breasts diced  into 1″ cubes (i reduced this to half what was originally called for)
  • 3/4 tsp cajun seasoning (increased from original)
  • 3 TB whole wheat flour (reduced from original)
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 bay leaves (increased from original)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (decreased from original)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 bag trader joe’s frozen organic brown rice, steamed and set aside (shortcut alert!) –about 1.5 cups cooked rice


  1.  in a deep dutch oven or large pot, cook bacon until crisp. set cooked bacon aside, leaving grease in the pot.
  2. add onions, shallots, celery, and bell pepper to pot and cook until soft, about five minutes.
  3. add chicken and cajun seasoning and cook for five minutes more.
  4. add flour and stir constantly until flour browns, about two minutes.
  5. pour one cup of broth into the pot, deglaze, and then add remaining broth, tomatoes, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, and sea salt. bring to a boil.
  6. boil for about 10 minutes and then add bacon back into the pot.
  7. remove from heat and stir in cooked rice. remove bay leaves before serving.
  8. serve with toasted sourdough bread, if you want.. but you really should! enjoy!


this was delicious. definitely a keeper in our house!


1. what’s the last thing you pinned?

2. what was the last recipe you made?

xo. janetha g.

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Lisa August 26, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I always appreciate these pin to post posts. I love knowing if things are actually worth the making.
This chicken gumbo soup looks SO tasty. Now I really want to have my hand in making one myself. Perfect for leftovers on busy days too.

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I always feel such a sense of accomplishment when I actually do something I had pinned! But lately I have just been taking inspiration from the hundreds of recipes I pin. Like the amazing vegan stuffed portobello mushroom I just whipped together over the weekend and were absolutely a hit with the family!

Julie August 27, 2013 at 2:37 am

I’m just drooling over the cookie.

Linz @ Itz Linz August 27, 2013 at 5:28 am

YUM!! the last thing i made from pinterest was a drumstick cake – itz as ridiculous as it sounds!!

Erica August 27, 2013 at 6:29 am

Way to rock that workout! Wahooo! The soup looks so good. I can’t believe its almost soup season…tear. I’m a 100% summer baby. I’m not ready to let it go at all. I don’t pin, I bookmark (old fashion haha). I just book marked a recipe for sugar cookies because I’m making the cookies for my friend’s son’s birthday party this weekend. Last thing I cooked was a shrimp stir fry

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 27, 2013 at 6:54 am

I had no idea it was national dog day until I saw your instagram last night…so I made sure to give the pup some extra cuddles last night. And that soup looks so good! I feel like there’s so many Pinterest fails out there that having one turn out really successfully is just awesome.

sarah August 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

the last recipe I made was S’mores Truffles-they only sound fancy and complicated when in reality, they only require 4 ingredients! check it out…

Annette@FitnessPerks August 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

Ooooh this does sound/look so yummy! I need to get my butt in the kitchen & cook more ;)

Jaglangham August 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

LOVE your soup bowls!!!

ali moll August 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Oh, that looks good! I need to try it soon!

Steve Denetz March 1, 2014 at 4:23 pm

We followed the recipe exact and it was great, but instead of adding bacon we added okra instead and it was delicious!!!!!!

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