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Meatless Monday: Caribbean Rundown

I'm staying with my friend Rachel for the short time I have in LA before moving to Dallas and she made a super tasty meal of gumbo, rice, beans, and plantains. She said that in the Caribbean they call gumbo "rundown", because they throw in whatever they have around into the pot. Here's what she did, using lots of green veggies for added nutrition. You can literally use whatever veggies you like. Okra is traditionally used but that's the one veggie I don't care for, so we left it out. If you use tamari then it's totally gluten-free!

Caribbean Rundown

Makes 4-6 servings

1 teaspoon oil

1 tablespoon fresh thyme

1 teaspoon fresh oregano

1 cup carrot, chopped

2 cups asparagus, chopped

2 cups chayote squash, chopped

1/4 cup water

Pinch sea salt

1 tablespoon jerk seasonings

1 cup collards, chopped

1/2 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup veggie broth

Small can tomato sauce

Soy sauce or tamari, to taste


Heat a medium skillet with oil over medium flame. Add fresh herbs and saute for a few minutes. Add carrot, asparagus, squash, water, and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add jerk spices, collards, peas and veggie broth. Stir well, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in tomato sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes, covered. Season with soy sauce or tamari to taste and simmer another few minutes.

Serve with black beans, coconut rice, and fried plantains 🙂
Posted in My Blog on 03/28/2011 12:57 am


  1. The word "gumbo" is from one of the African languages and means, "okra".  So, you technically aren't eating gumbo if you don't add the okra.  The recipe for "rundown" sounds very tasty, though.


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