Friday, November 25, 2011


I apologize that this post comes after the actual Thanksgiving.  It was so busy planning and cooking my first vegan and gluten free holiday meal that I couldn't squeeze in time to blog about it.  Well, I suppose better late than never applies here!

In addition to the standard Thanksgiving dishes I usually make, (I cooked for meat eaters as well), I also came up with some vegan and gluten free options for us.  My goal was to make a really tasty gravy and stuffing that didn't contain gluten or animal products.  From the reviews I received from family members, I think I succeeded!

Vegan/Gluten Free Stuffing:
gluten free/vegan bread 
2 flax eggs
3 celery stalks chopped
1 onion chopped
1 cup brown rice
2 tbs Earth Balance
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 tsp dill
1/2 tbs Mrs. Dash original seasoning (add more or less as you prefer)
white wine
1/2 cup water

Take your sliced loaf of bread and toast it in the oven on a cookie sheet until the edges are crusty.  Cube the bread with your hands and put into a bowl. Pour the water over the bread with your hands to moisten the pieces.  In a saute pan heat up 1/4 white wine and saute the onion and celery.  Once the vegetables start to soften add the Earth Balance.  Once the butter melts add the bread.  Add the salt, pepper, dill and Mrs. Dash.  Keep mixing the bread, onion and celery while adding white wine to the pan to keep the mixture from burning.  The idea is to use enough wine to avoid burning and not too much to soak the bread.  You want a semi-moist/browned finish product.

Once the bread is done, transfer to a large mixing bowl.  Add the brown rice, stir well.  Finally, add the 2 flax eggs and mix once again.  Transfer your stuffing to a serving dish and enjoy! 

I also used this stuffing to make stuffed butternut squash.  For this dish I used the same stuffing but mixed in the flesh of the squash and then baked covered in foil...YUM!

Gluten Free/Vegan Gravy

2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup GF flour (I used garbanzo bean flour)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp dried mustard powder
1 tsp dried parsley 
 1 tbs Earth Balance
2 tbs nutritional yeast

In a sauce pot melt the Earth Balance and add the veggie broth.  Bring to a low boil and add all the spices and stir.  Slowly whisk in the flour and continue stirring until no lumps are visible.  Add more veggie broth if you like a thinner gravy.

This gravy was so tasty over mashed potatoes,  stuffing and stuffed squash.  I didn't miss the actual turkey on bit! 

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