Vegetarian Gumbo

Because I am a Pescetarian, I will sometimes add shrimp or crab meat (or both) to this recipe. It’s awesome regardless of whether or not you add anything extra.

Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 1 hr | Servings: 8 | Difficulty: Medium

== INGREDIENTS ==

½ cup vegetable oil
⅓ cup flour
1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
3 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
3 carrots, sliced (2 cups)
1 parsnip, diced (1 cup)
1 cup fresh or frozen sliced okra, optional
1 Tbs. ground cumin
1 Tbs. paprika
1 Tbs. dried oregano
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

== DIRECTIONS ==

1. Stir together oil and flour in Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot until smooth. Cook over high heat 10 minutes, or until roux turns a dark caramel color, stirring constantly.

2. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until vegetables are softened. Stir in all remaining ingredients and 4 cups water. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 40 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

Serve over rice.

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