If you usually walk past the okra at the farmers market, stop--and make this nutritious meat- and dairy-free take on the New Orleans classic. The recipe comes from Lachelle Cunningham, who is a chef and advocate for the Twin Cities soul food scene.
What's gumbo file powder?
Made from dried sassafras leaves, this traditional seasoning has a woodsy flavor similar to root beer. It's added as an accent right before serving. Find it in specialty stores or online, but don't sweat it too much if you can't find it.