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Vegan Gumbo

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These delightful little gems are straight from our garden.

After brainstorming all sorts of possible uses for the peppers, I decided on something I’ve been wanting to try for a while– Gumbo. I found a recipe in one of my mom’s cookbooks and set to veganizing it. I substituted black-eyed-peas for the meat and added extra okra, because I adore that squishy green vegetable. The result was a delectable, hearty veggie gumbo.
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  • 2 cans tomatoes
  • 4 sliced bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lb okra (I used frozen)
  • around 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • lots of garlic
  • 6 cups veg broth
  • 2 sliced zucchini
  • 1 lb okra
  • 1 or 2 cans black-eyed-peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (or hot sauce to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 bay leaves


Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large pot. Cover and simmer until veggies are tender. Or make in a crock pot. Makes a large amount, and it’s twice as flavorful the second day.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. VeggieGirl says:

    wow, those purple peppers are gorgeous!! mmm, gumbo!! :0D

    lovin’ the new blog layout, Katie!

  2. Theresa says:

    That big blue pot is fantastic. I want one! Your gumbo looks great, too. Great use of your purple peppers!

  3. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Your title is too cute :-)

  4. Johanna3 says:

    wow that gumbo looks very yummy!

  5. Pink Theory says:

    Can I have some gumbo please? That looks soooo good!

  6. Rural Vegan says:

    Gorgeous peppers, they almost look like baby eggplant!

  7. maybepigscanfly says:

    OOOHHH yum! I love okra, but I can’t seem to cook it at home. Only the Ethiopian restaurants I go to know how to make it right. But your gumbo looks yummy!

  8. vko says:

    I can’t believe those gorgeous peppers came from your garden- bravo!

    I would love a garden on day. And that gumbo- yummy!

  9. Raquel says:

    Mmm, mm!! I MUST make this for New Year’s Eve!!