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Meatless Mondays: Gumbo!

Meatless Mondays are a great way to lower your carbon and water footprint!

Growing up near New Orleans, gumbo was always my favorite home-cooked meal.  Time to try a new meatless version for Fat Tuesday tomorrow!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 3 chopped stalks of celery
  • 3 cups diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
  • 3 sliced carrots (not baby carrots!)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen sliced okra
  • Spices. I suggest:
    • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
    • 1 Tbs. paprika
    • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
    • 1/3 tsp. cayenne pepper

Now, let’s get started:

  1. Stir together oil and flour in your biggest pot until smooth.  Cook over high heat until roux turns a dark caramel color (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery until vegetables are softened (about 5 minutes).
  3. Stir in all remaining ingredients.  Add salt and pepper.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until carrots are tender (about 40 minutes).
  5. Serve over rice and enjoy!

Let me know if y’all try this or what other meals I should try!