Gumbo Z

The birds are chirping, the flowers are in bloom, and the sun is out!
But just in case we run into aspring shower or two, we have a warm and vegetarian alternative to gumbo stew!

Ingredients

Coarse Sea Salt
1 bunch of collard greens mustard greens, kale, spinach(trimmed and chopped into bite sized pieces)
½ cup of olive oil
7 cloves of garlic
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 large yellow onions & red bell peppers (cut into ¼dice)
2 celery ribs halved lengthwise and chopped
1/4 cayenne
6 cups of vegetable stock
1 tablespoons minced thyme
1 teaspoon file’
1 tablespoon Hot Vinegar Cider Vinegar
2 large scallions, sliced thinly for garnish

Directions

1. In a largepot over high heat, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt

2. Add all the leafy greens to the water, bring back to a boil, and cook uncovered, for 3 to 4minutes, until the sulfur has escaped. Drain in a colander and cool.

3. Transfer thegreens to a cutting board and chop well.

4. Combine ¼ cup of the olive oil with the garlic ina large sauté’ pan over medium heat and sauté’ until fragrant and starting to golden, about 2 minutes. Add the greens mixture, raise the heat to high,sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt, and sauté’, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3minutes, until well coated with oil. Set aside.

5. In a large pot over the lowest heat possible, combine the flour and the remaining oliveoil and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until caramel colored, about 25 minutes. Add onion, bell peppers, celery, cayenne, and ½ teaspoon of salt.Raise the heat to medium and sauté’, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pot, until the vegetables soften, about 15 minutes. Slowly stirin stock. Add the reserved greens, bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until meltingtender, about 45 minutes.

6. Stir in thyme and simmer for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in thefile’ and the Hot Apple Cider Vinegar, and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

7. Serve garnished with scallion over long grain brown rice.

8. Enjoy with friends and family...:D

9. Take a picture and share how your version of the meal turned out...:D

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