The challenge for this party was what to bring that would taste good, everyone would like and would also be in keeping with my new whole foods, plant-strong diet. Not everybody at the party was on a plant-strong diet. And I wanted to please those who weren't as well. So, I decided to select a gumbo dish from the Everyday Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S. Nixon. Lindsay has many of my favorite recipes. She publishes her own blog and website at The Happy Herbivore. It's one that I have bookmarked and refer to frequently.
This is the finished product, although later I mixed the rice in with the rest of the gumbo. As seen here, the rice is laying in the bottom of the crock pot.
It started out like this --- just plain old brown rice (I know it looks white here, but it's not) cooking in the rice steamer:
The gumbo includes the following ingredients as I made it:
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 2 small diced sweet onions
- 4 celery stocks, diced
- 2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
- 2 Tbsps hot sauce
- 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
- 2 15-oz cans of kidney beans, drained
- 4 cups of vegetable broth
- Pinch of dried oregano
- Pinch of dried thyme
- Pinch of dried basil
- Cajun seasoning made by combining and mixing 1/2 Tbsp paprika, 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder, 1/4 Tbsp cayenne powder, pinch of pepper, 1/4 tbsp dried oregano and 1/4 tbsp onion powder
It's a gumbo that's well worth trying. I didn't have a lot leftover like sometimes happens at a pot luck.