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Thanksgiving Recipe: Gravy for Vegetarians

November 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Editor’s note: I’m publishing Thanksgiving recipes from readers all this month till the big day. Share yours! Click on CONTACT above and send me your recipe (diabetic, vegetarian and all others are welcome, too) – I’ll post it for my readers to share, and give you the credit. If you know the original source, please include it.

T.A. Wyner is always cooking up something tasty – and vegetarian. She manages the green markets at Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Pierce and Abacoa. She sent the following note along with her Thanksgiving recipe:

tofurky“Here’s a ‘gravy’ for the vegetarians at the Thanksgiving table. You may not make a Tofurky (tofu turkey replacement) for your vegetarian guests at Thanksgiving, but they likely won’t go hungry with all the potatoes, veggies, salads etc.

“But go the distance and offer this great vegetarian sauce for those potatoes, pasta and/or veggies. Meat-eaters love it too.

“It’s from The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals – so old – from an old Florida commune, or rather, the politically correct modern term, ‘intentional community.’ ”

She says she sometimes thickens this sauce, and serves it as a peanut soup. Publix Greenwise, Whole Foods Market and most health food stores like Nutrition S’Mart will have the ingredients needed.

Vegetarian creamy garlic sauce (contains nuts)

  • 2 tablespoons of freshly ground chunky peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (not brewer’s yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 scallions, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or add more fresh minced cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt (or fresh celery leaves salted, minced)

Combine peanut butter and water in medium saucepan. Add the nutritional yeast.  Sift the arrowroot powder through a strainer), and add to the mixture.

Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well after each addition.

Place pan over low heat, cook for approximately 5 minutes, stirring often, until sauce is thick.

Makes about 1-3/4 cups.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Tags: Holiday cooking

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