Don't let today be just another dreary start to the week; add some excitement to your evening by making a festive meal this meatless Monday that shows your Mardi Gras spirit but also gets you out of the kitchen in under 45 minutes.
Classic gumbo is heavy on the meat and calls for a generous amount of time — something that's unheard of on a weekday evening. However, you can simplify what goes into your pot without sacrificing too much flavor.
The key is to start with a roux, add in that holy trinity of green bells, celery, and onions for characteristic New Orleans flavor, and season generously with hot paprika and Tabasco (or Crystal, if you favor it) for a smoky, spicy finish. Ready to hop on board? The gumbo train takes off right here.
3 tablespoons vegetable oil Serves 4. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 249; Fat 12 g (Saturated 1 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 530 mg; Carbohydrate 32 g; Fiber 6 g; Protein 9 g
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (preferably hot)
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 pound kale or Swiss chard, stemmed and chopped
1 10-ounce package frozen black-eyed peas
Brown rice, for serving (optional)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 249; Fat 12 g (Saturated 1 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 530 mg; Carbohydrate 32 g; Fiber 6 g; Protein 9 g