Sunday, June 24, 2007 recipe of the week - vegan gravy

In my 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). recipe update - in my first recipe of the week post (here), I told you that my recipe collection on hit 100 on May 16. Total as of today - 132!


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Darn, gravy is really a tricky thing for vegitarians. I'm still looking for a great one to use when i cook for my son.
Still I'm glad I know this is probably not the one!

Mags said...

I had never thought about vegan gravy before. Sounds kind of neat!

Sara said...

Tanna - if he likes nutritional yeast, tell him to try this.

Mags - I will be making this again, hopefully I will like it more too.

Lea said...


My dad is a vegan, so I'll be glad to finally be able to give him something to eat with his green beans and mashed potatoes at the holidays! hahaha!

Thanks for sharing!