Gracious Vegan Easy Gravy

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Without oil or butter, this gravy is healthy, whole-food, robust, and creamy. It goes with so many dishes. (It also freezes well.) You can play with the spices and herbs as you like--the nutritional yeast flavor may or may not work in combination with what you add. Experimentation is a good thing!

Makes about 2.5 cups

In a medium-large saucepan or small Dutch oven, water-sauté the onion, garlic, and mushrooms until the vegetables soften and the onion is transparent, anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped

  • 4 medium white button mushrooms, chopped

Separately in a small container, whisk together the flour and water until smooth. 

  • 1/4 cup cold water

  • 5 Tablespoons flour of your choice

Add the water/flour mixture and the broth into the vegetables and stir together. 

  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or 2 cups water and 2 bouillon cubes)

Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the gravy starts to thicken (will take just a few minutes). Once the gravy has thickened, remove it from the heat and add the following ingredients. Use a stick (immersion) blender to create a smooth gravy.

  • 2 Tablespoons tamari, soy sauce, or amino liquids

  • 1.5 - 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 1 Tablespoon tahini (do not omit)

  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or sherry vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Given the soy sauce, you will likely not need to add salt, but adjust to your taste. If you want thicker gravy, use 1-2 more Tablespoons of flour. (If you need to add it at the end, whisk together the flour with an equal amount of water in a small bowl until smooth, then add it to the gravy and heat briefly to the boiling point). 

Timing: Hands-on time 20 minutes; total time 20 minutes

Nutrition: Whole-food, unprocessed; WFPBNO

Nutritional information per serving (based on 1/4-cup servings): 35 calories, 1g fat, 0g sat. fat, 4g carbs, 146mg sodium, 1mg fiber, 2g protein

Gluten-free if you use gluten-free flour

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