Looking for a hearty, vegetarian gumbo? Made with fresh greens and herbs, this meatless gumbo is traditionally served on Good Friday during Lent. Original versions contained seven different cooking greens for good luck.
Remove all stems and mid-ribs from greens; chop greens. Rinse in cold water until all dirt is removed. Place greens in large saucepot or Dutch oven. Add water to cover (about 10 cups). Bring to boil on high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes. Drain and reserve cooking liquid
Heat oil in same saucepot or Dutch oven on medium heat. Add bell pepper, green onions, celery and garlic; cook and stir 5 minutes
Add 8 cups reserved cooking liquid, greens and Rice Mix; mix well. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 25 minutes. Season as desired with salt and hot pepper sauce