To Gravy or No to Gravy That is the Question?
If you love gravy but aren’t willing to suffer for it, I have the answer. I say NO to Gravy, the Traditional Gravy that is!
Before you knew better you got a taste of it, and that memory hangs over your head every time that gravy boat sails by.
Should I, shouldn’t I?
Just a little won’t hurt, right?
Traditional gravy is made from concentrated animal fat, remnants of the beef, pork, or fowl that accumulated in the bottom of a roasting pan while cooking. To give it the flavor it’s known for requires an enormous amount of salt along with flour to thicken it and possibly milk if the volume is needed.
In other words, it’s full of saturated fat, salt, dairy, and gluten. And if you have an aunt that believes maple syrup is the piece de resistance, sugar.
That’s why my nutrient-dense, empowered self care plant-based gravy is the answer. So saying no to traditional homemade gravy isn't that bad after all.
Few things at the holiday table cause the mental anguish and debate that gravy does, especially for those of you wanting to put your health first. When gluten is eliminated, many cherished dishes also lose their appeal, whether due to dietary restrictions or just personal taste. For those who follow a gluten-free diet, gravy is one of the most frequently overlooked dishes.
But you can prepare a tasty, straightforward gluten-free gravy that has nothing on the traditional flour version with just a handful of simple, readily available ingredients. Our no-flour mushroom gravy is thick and rich and tastes excellent on meats, no mashed potatoes, and veggies. If you additionally adhere to a few modifications to make it dairy-free or entirely vegan, it might become your new favorite because it works for numerous dietary restrictions.
With mushrooms as the main ingredient, along with your choice of Brazil nuts or almonds, you have healthy fats and adaptogens that feed your brain and body instead of depleting it.
The shallots and garlic support immune health and the salt is there to supplement the already exceptional flavor, not provide it.
How make gluten-free, guilt-free, delicious and nutritious gravy that supports optimal health?
What greater gift than that to put on the holiday table?
- 1/4 cup warm water
- ¼ cup Brazil nuts or almonds, ideally soaked for 6 hours, rinsed and drained
- 1 shallot or 1 clove garlic
- 2 teaspoons dried mushrooms, ground to a powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Pinch of pepper
- ½ cup olive oil
- Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Make this just before serving so that it’s warm.
**A cooked version is simply steamed cauliflower blended with a little coconut oil, flax oil, and salt.