Back of Meatless Monday Meets Mardi Gras With Vegetable Gumbo 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. Vegetable Gumbo From Food Network Magazine Ingredients3 tablespoons vegetable oil 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) Directions Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, 3 tablespoons water, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, about 8 minutes. Add the soy sauce and paprika and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Stir in the vegetable broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, then cover and bring to a boil. Add the greens and black-eyed peas to the pot. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the rice, if desired. 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 Information Category Other, Soups/Stews Cuisine North American View 5 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Comments danakscully64 5 years Mandas, the recipe says "1 tablespoon soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce." You don't have to use Worcestershire, plus there are numerous vegan ones on the market. I have one, it's in a blue bottle (can't remember the name). VeggieLove726 5 years I do like gumbo and I do like vegan Mandas 5 years This is tagged "vegan," but it's only vegan if you omit the Worcestershire sauce. Susannah-Chen 6 years Congrats, Dana!! danakscully64 6 years I finally got diamond status, woo-hoo!!! danakscully64 6 years Preview from her site: http://www.theppk.com/books/appetite-for-reduction/ danakscully64 6 years If you're looking for healthy, meat free recipes, I HIGHLY recommend Appetite for Reduction by Isa Moskowitz. So far I've made the Caribbean Curry Black Eyed Peas with Plantains, Jerk Asparagus, and Hottie Black-Eyed Peas and Greens. All 3 were delicious! É-clair 6 years Looks yummy! I need to try Meatless Monday. Susannah-Chen 6 years Thanks Susi! It is super healthy, a nice perk. And it's surprisingly flavorful, too! Susi-May 6 years Looks tasty and healthy! I am going to have to try this.