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#1 Old 01-31-2016, 10:31 AM
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Smile Hello from Louisiana!

Hi! I'm Jordan and I'm a new vegan. I've been vegan the past month and some change, but I was vegan from Jan-Mar '15, also. It is so hard for me to stay committed to this lifestyle when I have zero support. When all my friends constantly go out to eat places that have nothing but crappy salads for me to eat, I started to lose them because I bailed all the time. Anyway, I just wanted to try to find some support online to help me stay motivated and live in line with my morals.
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#2 Old 01-31-2016, 03:12 PM
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Welcome Jordan!!! You are from my home state!!
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#3 Old 01-31-2016, 03:16 PM
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OK you two Louisiana peeps, any vegan gumbo recipes?
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OK you two Louisiana peeps, any vegan gumbo recipes?
LedBoots I wish I did!! I have been thinking about it. Just too lazy to actually put it in motion. My Omni gumbo back in the day was to die for. Maybe one day.
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welcome, good for you! It is tough with friends and family...my most awkward moment so far was when a friend baked cookies for us (with butter) and was waiting for me to eat one. She had forgotten my change. Sorry to rant on your thread. Anyway, I hope you feel more supported this time, it is great that you are re-committing!
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LedBoots I wish I did!! I have been thinking about it. Just too lazy to actually put it in motion. My Omni gumbo back in the day was to die for. Maybe one day.
What spices did you use? I have attempted vegan gumbo a couple of times, with Field Roast veg sausage one time, the other times without. Was better with.

I use okra, bell peppers, green beans, celery, tomatoes, parsnips if I have them, carrots, other veggies I have at the time. The gumbo came out thick and hearty, but I just felt like the spicing of the dish was the hard part for me.
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Hi Jordan and welcome!

I'm not sure if you are familiar with any of the vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurant site listings, so I will share some links below that include listings for Louisiana. Perhaps your friends would be willing to eat at some of these places on occasion?

In the event that I have to go to a restaurant or other social gathering where there is little to know vegan options for me, I will bring along an energy bar, nuts, and/or fruit and eat a little more ahead of time. Sometimes I will sip on coffee. Having some sort of drink in hand helps me not feel so awkward when everyone else is eating. Sometimes if I know ahead where I will be meeting with people (ie retirement parties etc) I will call the restaurant and inquire about my options and if the cooks will be willing to alter menu items. I have also asked this right at the restaurant.

http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/louisiana/

https://www.vrg.org/restaurant/Louisiana.php

http://www.vegdining.com/GetRestList...1a970c7b234c62
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#10 Old 02-01-2016, 10:32 AM
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Thanks for all the replies! I really appreciate it

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Hi Jordan and welcome!

I'm not sure if you are familiar with any of the vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurant site listings, so I will share some links below that include listings for Louisiana. Perhaps your friends would be willing to eat at some of these places on occasion?

In the event that I have to go to a restaurant or other social gathering where there is little to know vegan options for me, I will bring along an energy bar, nuts, and/or fruit and eat a little more ahead of time. Sometimes I will sip on coffee. Having some sort of drink in hand helps me not feel so awkward when everyone else is eating. Sometimes if I know ahead where I will be meeting with people (ie retirement parties etc) I will call the restaurant and inquire about my options and if the cooks will be willing to alter menu items. I have also asked this right at the restaurant.

http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/louisiana/

https://www.vrg.org/restaurant/Louisiana.php

http://www.vegdining.com/GetRestList...1a970c7b234c62
Thanks! I knew about happy cow but not the others. I've been bringing snacks everywhere with me, which helps. I would feel so awkward asking about vegan options at a restaurant. I usually just try to figure it out. Being vegan in this area is very rare, so when I mention that I am vegan I usually just get weird looks...

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OK you two Louisiana peeps, any vegan gumbo recipes?
I've never made a gumbo with or without meat, so I have no tips, sadly! I've never been much of a gumbo fan because my family put organs in it, which has freaked me out since I was little. Guess the guilty feeling of eating animals has been with me my whole life.
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What spices did you use? I have attempted vegan gumbo a couple of times, with Field Roast veg sausage one time, the other times without. Was better with.

I use okra, bell peppers, green beans, celery, tomatoes, parsnips if I have them, carrots, other veggies I have at the time. The gumbo came out thick and hearty, but I just felt like the spicing of the dish was the hard part for me.
Tony Chachere's (creole seasoning), Onion powder, garlic powder or granulated garlic, gumbo file'. If I was feeling particularly fancy I would use a little rosemary as well. That as an Omni depending on what meat was present. I would even keep the veggies kinda bare bones. Okra, Bell peppers, celery, onion, tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms. Maybe some shredded seitan chickn flavored. Keeping it minimal.
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Zatarans Red Beans and Rice can easily be made vegan, with vegan butter or olive oil.

Vegan beignets I found from Meet the Shannons:

Vegan Beignets
1 Cup Soymilk
1 1/2 Cup Flour (you'll need more to flour your surfaces)
2 Tablespoons Margarine
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Applesauce
1 Tablespoon EnerG Egg Replacer
3/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Package Dry Yeast
Olive Oil for Frying
Powdered Sugar for Topping"

Could probably also used mashed banana or other vegan egg replacer (like the new VeganEgg).

There are multiple vegan biscuits and gravy recipes on line (or Lay's Southern Biscuits and Gravy award winning flavored chips for lacto-veg, which have no pig fat).

Chicory coffee is vegan with soy milk.

Gardein Fishless filets are delicious, and vegan, and have Omega 3s.

Gravies can be reproduced with oil, flour roux, plus salt, pepper, veggie broth, and nutritional yeast, or some brands of mushroom gravy.

I'm not from NOLA, but am a generations old Southerner, with sympathetic food nostalgia.

There are ways to prepare "catfish" and red beans and rice, chicory coffee and beignets, rice with gravy, biscuits and gravy and other dishes without eating animal products.

In restaurants, I recommend the Happy Cow app...though I know rural Louisiana is quite different from the city, it still might help in options other than salad. Also look to PETA 2 for veganizing fast food.

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What spices did you use? I have attempted vegan gumbo a couple of times, with Field Roast veg sausage one time, the other times without. Was better with.

I use okra, bell peppers, green beans, celery, tomatoes, parsnips if I have them, carrots, other veggies I have at the time. The gumbo came out thick and hearty, but I just felt like the spicing of the dish was the hard part for me.
Sounds good. I love roasted okra in the oven with nothing but oil and salt. A vegan breading can also be made for fry ups, though.
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