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Vegan Hoppin' John

What you need: 

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 pound favorite greens, chopped (kale works well)
1 large yellow onion, choped
2 cups vegetable stock, divided
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoon lemon juice
4 cups (2 15-ounce cans) cooked beans (black-eye, pinto, black, whatever)
2 cups (1 15-ounce can) cooked okra
1 (15-ounce) can seasoned diced tomatoes (e.g., Ro-Tel, or dice your own tomatoes and chiles)
1/4 cup chopped chiles (optional)
3 teaspoons pepper sauce (Texas Pete or similar)
2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin

What you do: 

You only need one large pot to cook this.
1. In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add and saute garlic until soft, but not browned.
2. Add the greens and onions; toss together.
3. Add 1 cup vegetable stock, vinegar, and lemon juice; cover and boil 5 minutes.
4. Add the remaining ingredients (1 cup vegetable stock, beans, okra, tomatoes, chiles, pepper sauce, black pepper, salt, and cumin); return to boil.
5. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until you're ready to eat. The longer it simmers the better it tastes, but it's pretty much ready to eat immediately.
Serve with rice.
Source of recipe: I've been making Hoppin' John for years, but never vegan. Decided to give it a whirl.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
Servings: 
8
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

I <3 Texas Pete! This sounds really good, I have a ton of kale to use up!

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Make sure there's enough liquid to keep it from scorching; it should be wet all the way to the top, and some people even prefer their hoppin john to be pretty soupy.  I usually just use the liquid that comes with the canned beans and that's plenty for me; but if you're cooking your own beans then you'll definitely need to add several cups of water to this.

I had initially intended to use collard greens but accidentally bought kale (yeah, I know).  Both work fine.

Enjoy!

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