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Now, before you come after me for even suggesting there was a better way to make gumbo than your grandma has been doing since you were knee-high to an alligator - just know that's not at all what I'm doing here.  What I am offering is a way to make grand-mère Thibodaux's delicious gumbo a little healthier - without affecting the taste.

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If you have to have the absolute lip-smacking goodness of the "groceries" Louisiana has to offer, but are less than impressed with its affect on your health - you're going to love this.  While researching another article on health and food, I stumbled across some recipe ingredient substitutions that might just fix that for you.  Personally, I'm not going to stop eating Cajun dishes.  So, for me, this is a way to circumvent my inability to say no to a good jambalaya and start taking better care of myself.  Win-win!

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Thanks to KPLCTV and Registered Dietician/Assistant Director of Patient Services at Lake Charles' Christus St. Patrick Hospital Samantha Rider, I've got some small and simple changes you can make in the kitchen that won't make your taste buds take up arms against you - but just might make your pants fit a little better.

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