Happy Mardi Gras: Joyful Vegan Feast makes Gumbo!

Video of The Joyful Vegan Cooking Class: 02.09.16


Roux Ingredients
2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
2 1/2 Teaspoons of Flour
Gumbo Ingredients
1 package Chicken style Seiten
1 Red Pepper
1 White Onion
3 Stalks of Celery
4 Cloves of Garlic
2 Medium Turnips
2 Carrots
1/2 Jalapeno
1 1/2 Cup Chopped Spinach
1 Cup Chopped Green Cabbage
1 1/2 Cups Chopped Beet Tops
5 to 7 chopped Okra
1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley
1 Teaspoon Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Tabasco Sauce to taste
In a quart of boiling water cook the Spinach, green Cabbage and Beet Tops.
Preheat a medium soup pan and add the Vegetable oil and Flour. Whisk flour continually until it turns nutty brown in color.
Immediately stir in onions, parsley and thyme. Add a cup of the pot liquor from the greens. Make sure all the onions are coated. Let cook 5-10 minutes.
Add the remaining vegetables and the greens from the water. Pour enough of the water from the greens to cover vegetables in the pot, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
Add Okra at the end. Season with Tabasco, salt and Pepper to taste.
Gumbo can be served over white rice and Cajuns like adding a spice called File at the end.
Bon apatite.

About the Joyful Vegan Feast

The Joyful Vegan Feast is a cooking class, taught by Pastor Brian Merritt, at the Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center on Saturdays at 3 pm. Join us any Saturday for the class at the Center, 1918 Union Ave. in Chattanooga TN 37404. If you can’t join us for the class, we’ll upload video from the class every Tuesday evening.

The Joyful Vegan Feast takes its name from a line in the Presbyterian communion service. We are reminded that all people will come together in unity from East, West, North and South to sit at table with each other, Luke 13:29. “This is a Joyful feast of the divine’s people.”

A vegan diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans, and the thousands of other good things the earth provides to us. What it doesn’t include is animal products — flesh, eggs, milk, honey, etc. Veganism goes much further than simply dietary choices. Veganism is the belief that humans do not have the right to steal the lives, freedom, reproduction or bodily products of non-human animals. Explicit in such theft is violence. As a community radically devoted to peace, veganism is an expression of our faith at Mercy Junction.


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