Today’s #LunchBreakLIVE features vegan activist and artist Lindsey Baker, who is also a contributor for JaneUnchained News Network. Traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana to see if veganism was catching on there. Lindsey discovered, through her vegan food crawl, that veganism is exploding in the crescent city! Watch as she creates two delicious traditional New Orleans’ dishes, veganized. Learn how easy it is to make your own vegan version of etouffee and red beans and rice with vegan sausage. Utilizing products she purchased at her local grocery store, a nationwide chain, Ralphs, including Krogers Warehouse‘s vegetable broth, Field Roast sausages, Zatarains seasoning “boil”, Wright’s Liquid Smoke, McCormick Gourmet organic seasonings, Lindsey’s dishes are spot on with Cajun flavor.
Lindsay has lent her beautiful home to charities that help animals. Recently, she accomodated a fundraising brunch with The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to raise money for a vegan dog food study. The event successfully raised the money needed to conduct the study. The goal of the study is to demonstrate the effects of a vegan diet in canines. Hopefully the results from the research will save countless lives of our companion animals and the animals that are killed to feed them. Lindsey has also been very involved with the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, which is an organization that has rescued several animals from the dog meat trade overseas and has done a countlesss amount of good for all animals. Now we are happy to have Lindsey as a JaneUnchained contributor, reporting LIVE from the field, and sharing her fabulous vegan cooking skills with us!
Lindsay prepared the red beans ahead of time which has the Cajun style “trinity” in it, comprised of onions, peppers, and celery. Next Lindsay makes the roux which is a creamy mixture made with vegetable fat instead of animal fat and flour. The roux is traditionally used as a base for soups and other creamy creations. Liquid smoke is the secret ingredient to get all that smokey flavor in the pot. etouffee is a spicy Cajun stew traditionally made with seafood and vegetables. Lindsay is skipping the seafood and making this dish cruelty-free and just as delicious from scratch! Paige happily tries the red beans and rice and the etouffee when it is done and she says both are absolutely delicious! Paige really appreciates the diverse flavors and the way the eggplant in the etouffee mimics the seafood. Try bringing New Orleans home like Lindsay with her recipes below!
Photos Courtesy of Lindsey Baker.
Report Edited by Ellen Dent.
Red Beans and Rice Recipe – by River Road Seasoning
Place 1 lb. of red beans in a 4 – 5 quart pot. Cover with water and soak for two hours – then drain.
Add 7 cups of water (or vegetable broth) and the entire package (8 tbs.) of River Road Red Beans and Rice Seasoning. (Available at Target or Ralph’s)
Add 1 lb of vegan sausage (I used Fieldcrest Italian Vegan sausage, but you also use vegan chicken of vegan ham or a combination of all three)
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours or until beans are tender.
To make a creamier sauce mash some of the beans in the gravy
Serve over steamed white rice. Add salt to taste.
Courtesy of the owners of Vegan Bayou Café – Jacob Seeman and Leah Duncan
Traditional New Orleans Etouffee
Make a roux:
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oil.
Combine in pan and cook medium heat until golden but not brown.
Add 2 tbsp Italian seasoning-stir
Add 1cup trinity (onion, bell pepper, celery)
Five crushed garlic cloves.
Incorporate into roux.
Add 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
Add 1 cup mushrooms of choice, shiitake and oyster works best for Etouffée.
Add 1/4 cup tomato sauce and 1tbsp. of smoked paprika and a tsp. of liquid smoke.
Add 1 quart veggie broth
LIQUID crawfish boil. It’s just seasoning. About a tbsp.
Cook over medium heat until thickened to creamy chowder consistency.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over white rice or a thin, pan fried steak of eggplant. (dredge the eggplant in seasoned flour before pan frying). Not deep-fried.
Serves 2-4 people
*All ingredients are available at Ralph’s Market