Vegan Gumbo

I am a big fan of soup season and a firm believer that it should be an all-year thing, but without central air conditioning, I’m afraid that our family’s soup eating days will be going on pause as warmer weather moves in.

In the meantime, here is some amazing gumbo.

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons plant butter
4 celery stalks
2 cloves garlic
1/2 red pepper
1/2 green pepper
1/3 yellow onion
1 cup frozen corn
2 containers vegetable stock
4 cups water
1 can tomatoes with green chiles
1 can chickpeas
1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup green lentils
1/3 cup quinoa
1 can tomato paste

Roux:

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour

Spices and herbs:

2 teaspoons dried oregano
6 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tsp thyme
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. The first thing you want to do is get all of your veggies and garlic chopped and set aside to make getting them into the pot a smooth transition.
  2. Heat your burner to medium and add butter, once that melts you can start adding in your vegetables. About halfway through cooking your veg (5 minutes) add in all of your herbs, spices, and your can of tomatoes. Continue to cook.
  3. After vegetables have been cooking for about ten minutes you can add in all of your liquid (stock, water, and tomato paste).
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  5. Add your rice, lentils, quinoa, and chickpeas at this point.
  6. This is a very hearty soup! But if you notice at any point that you are losing too much liquid out of your soup add more water, one cup at a time.
  7. In a separate pot or pan, make a roux.*
  8. Stir in your roux until fully incorporated and simmer until all your lentils, rice, and quinoa have finished cooking.

*For anyone who has never made a roux, it’s extremely easy. Simply melt your butter all the way, add flour to the melted butter (still in the pan) and mix quickly and completely until it appears to form a paste. This will happen very quickly! Once you’ve made the roux just add it directly into your pot of gumbo and stir it in. 

I hope you enjoy this amazing soup! It is packed with powerful plant proteins, loads of vegetables, and all of my favorite spices and herbs.

Enjoy and as always, thanks for reading!

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