Archive for July, 2010

Vegan Gumbo

My garden is starting to produce okra and tomatoes, which means it is gumbo season Chez Julie.  Here is my gumbo recipe, adapted from a recipe I found online:

GUMBO

Makes 4 servings, if served over rice

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup of chopped bell pepper
  • 20 okra pods, sliced into rounds
  • 2 vegan sausages, sliced into rounds, or 1 15-oz. can of kidney beans, drained
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped, or 1 15-oz. can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups of vegan chicken broth (2 cups of water + 2 teaspoons of bouillon)
  • 1 tablespoon of cajun seasoning
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the okra and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. If using, add the sausage and cook for yet another 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Add the broth and cajun seasoning.
  7. If using, add the kidney beans.
  8. Cook for about 10 minutes, then serve.
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Potato and Tempeh Hashbrowns

This morning I had potato and tempeh hashbrowns for breakfast, using some of this year’s potato harvest.    Thanks to the tempeh, these hashbrowns have three or four times the protein content of potato-only hashbrowns.  And they are so delicious!

Here is the recipe:

2 or 3 russet potatoes, peeled and grated

4 oz. of tempeh, grated

A few other vegetables, chopped or grated (optional)

1 teaspoon of ground flax seeds

Margarine, olive oil, and walnut oil 

Salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder

Grate the potatoes and then squeeze out as much moisture from them as possible.  Grate the tempeh and add it to the potatoes.  Grate the other vegetables and add them and the ground flax seeds to the potatoes and tempeh.  Heat the margarine, oil, and spices in a pan over medium heat.  Add the potatoes and cook until they are brown on both sides, about 20 or 25 minutes.

An Update on the Garden

It’s been more than a month since I blogged!  Sorry about that, but I was busy with *ahem* other things in my life.

The garden is really producing now!  I have been harvesting beets, carrots, turnips, zephy squash, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, green beans, and okra, and the tomatoes should really be taking off soon.

Here is a picture of some sauteed zephyr squash and beet greens that I had for dinner one night during the interval since my last post:

And here is my harvest of potatoes:

There are about five pounds of potatoes, or maybe a little more, two-thirds of them red potatoes and the rest russets.  Not a bad harvest!

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