Southern Vegetable Gumbo

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Vegetarian Slow CookerOkra is one of my favourite vegetables … gooey and crunchy goodness. This gumbo recipe, adapted from “The Vegetarian Slow Cooker: Over 200 Delicious Recipes”  features okra,  brown rice and loads of veggies which makes this a very wholesome meal. This recipe can be prepared the night before and set to cook in the morning, so that a warm, tasty dinner awaits when you get home.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups okra, sliced 1/4 inches thick
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and bay leaf and cook, stirring, for 1 minute, Add tomatoes with juice and bring to a boil. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Add brown rice and broth. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours (or on High for 3 hours) until rice is tender. Discard bay leaf. Add paprika solution and stir well. Add Cayenne pepper if using. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in okra. Cover and cook on High for 30 minutes, until okra is tender.


Image: Carol via Flickr

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I'm a Canadian mother of two with a passion for food and cooking. I'm increasingly discovering that delicious food can also be healthy! So, I am sharing my favourite recipes with like-minded home cooks. Along the way, I'll also be writing about food-related topics such as gadgets, books and television. Let the culinary adventures begin!

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