Mardi Gras is celebrated with lots of food, music and parades in New Orleans. Since gumbo is one of the most popular dishes in Louisiana, I thought I should make my own seafood gumbo.While there are different versions, seafood gumbo and chicken and sausage gumbo are the most common. Traditionally, file and okra are used to thicken this stew-like dish. File is ground sassafras and okra is a vegetable high in fiber.SEAFOOD GUMBOTotal time: 55 minutesYield: 5 1-cup servings1/2 cup assorted frozen seafood mix1/2 red bell pepper1/2 green bell pepper2 stalks celery 1/2 onion3/4 cup frozen cut okra 1 teaspoon ground paprika1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper1 teaspoon ground oregano1 teaspoon salt1 16-ounce can whole tomatoes 1 teaspoon file1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for cooking1/2 cup flourChop the green and red bell pepper, onion and celery and put in a large bowl and set aside. Next, measure 3/4 cup frozen cut okra and set aside. To make a roux, coat a medium sized pan with 1/2 cup of olive oil and slowly add 1/2 cup flour. Stir the mixture continuously over low heat until it thickens. Set roux aside. Coat a large frying pan with olive oil and saute the bell peppers, onion and celery. Cook seafood in another pan, coated with olive oil to prevent sticking. Combine sauteed vegetables, cooked seafood and okra in a large pot. Pour the can of tomatoes, with the sauce, into the pot. Stir ingredients together and add 1/2 cup of water. Let the gumbo simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on. After 20 minutes, add the cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika and salt. Then, slowly add the roux, stirring it all together. Let the gumbo sit for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the file. Serve with rice.Christina Saschin can be reached at [email protected] or @Stina127 on Twitter.