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Vegan gumbo is my latest creation and I'm super happy to share it with you. This incredible stew-like soup is one of a kind due to its origins. So if you are in for a unique mix of veggies with a ton of hearty flavour all in the same bowl this soup is for you.
Gumbo is probably the most popular dish of Louisiana's cuisine. It has influences from French, Spanish, African, Amerindian, German and Italian cuisines. So, you can only imagine the variety and richness when it comes to flavours.
It is hard to pinpoint where and when exactly gumbo was created. Everyone has agreed that it was around the 18th century but it is hard to tell how. All the cultures above mentioned lived in close proximity and they influenced each other greatly and there are many different stories about the invention of gumbo.
So, if you've never heard or had Gumbo, let me tell you, you've been missing out. There are a few different ways to prepare this dish, and it will vary from cook to cook. But what you will certainly find in your bowl is a heavily seasoned soup, very similar to a stew and a ton of veggies.
In order to go from soup to gumbo you need a few different things, but the most important one will definitely be the broth. Typically, the broth is made with a combination of meats and seafood, nothing different or special so far. We need to thicken it with either okra or filé to make it gumbo-worthy, which will also add a very unique flavour.
This recipe is very forgiving since there are so many variations. You don't need to stick to any recipe and the ingredient quantities can also vary. This makes for a very practical meal and since it's so easy to make, you will want to bump it up the list of your go-to recipes.
First of all, we need to make our gumbo vegan-friendly. The original recipe relies on meats a lot to get that pungent flavourful broth. I found that adding nutritional yeast and vegan sausages will help us get there, and if you find the smoked kind, even better!
The perfect use of spices is what makes Louisiana cuisine so popular. And you can probably find them all in your pantry. The trick here is to combine them the right way to make the magic happen. We need chilli powder, oregano, smoked paprika, thyme, and bay leaf to get that hearty flavour.
The cooking process is very easy. But we want to have that stew-like consistency so we have to let it simmer for about 10 -15 minutes to reduce the liquid. Also, here is when all the flavours of the veggies and the seasoning will come together. Hopefully, you can resist the incredible aromas that will take over your kitchen!
Serve the gumbo straight out of the pot while it is still warm. Add a side of rice and there you have a typical delicious southern meal!
For the gumbo
For the seasoning
For the rice
For the vegetables
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 605||From Fat 243|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 27g||41.6%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||16.5%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 87g||28.9%|
|Dietry Fiber 14g||57.6%|
|Vitamin A 1956.37IU||39.1%|
|Vitamin B-12 9.74µg||162.3%|
|Vitamin B-6 13.21mg||660.7%|
|Vitamin C 66.94mg||111.6%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 3.45mg||11.5%|
|Vitamin K1 57.74µg||72.2%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 3.02mg||30.2%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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