In my del.icio.us besides recipes I also have some websites bookmarked (click here if you are interested) and one of those is vegan lunchcast. Ken posts about vegan food he eats out and what he makes at home, all while trying to lose weight. I really like his blog. (Sadly, he's now on hiatus.) He posted about this gravy from Bryanna Clark Grogan and how much he enjoyed it - Bryanna's Rich (Fat Free) Brown Gravy (Vegan). I have been hankering for some biscuits and gravy for a while now and I thought this could be a fun weekend breakfast. It is a very fast, simple recipe with only 4 ingredients: flour, nutritional yeast, water and soy sauce.
Nutritional Yeast is a very popular ingredient with vegetarians and vegans. It is full of B vitamins and is low in fat and sodium. It can be used right in recipes, or as a seasoning. The bottle I have says that it can be used as a popcorn seasoning as well. Nutritional Yeast has a very strong (at least to me) cheesy flavor. You may remember that I used it in this pasta recipe and it really did taste like there was cheese in there.
We didn't like this gravy. I am not saying this is a bad recipe, and I certainly was not expecting the gravy to taste like gravy made with meat or chicken. The taste was just too strong for us, and I think that that is because we haven't had much experience with Nutritional Yeast. I will be setting this recipe aside, and once I've had a chance to cook with Nutritional Yeast a few more times, we'll try it again.
If anyone out there gives this a try, please email me or leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Recipe: Bryanna's Rich (Fat Free) Brown Gravy (Vegan).
del.icio.us recipe update - in my first del.icio.us recipe of the week post (here), I told you that my recipe collection on del.icio.us hit 100 on May 16. Total as of today - 132!