Secrets To Making A Great Vegetarian Gravy

It is a well-known fact that gravy is one of the six essential food groups, along with cheese, chocolate, bread, coffee, and wine. Or at least it should be.

WHEN I became a vegetarian, I didn’t miss meat at all. The things I missed, and craved, were all the good stuff that went along with it, like gravy. I began to search high and low for the perfect gravy recipe, wondering if I would ever be able to recreate such a fantastic food. But I wasn’t having success.

I kept trying every recipe I could find, recipes with cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, nutritional yeast, and strange ingredients that I wasn’t even sure were vegetarian. I got in deep, and nothing was tasting good. Finally, I made myself stop and think about what I was doing wrong, and a lightbulb turned on. Continue reading


Easy Crock-Pot Refried Beans

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I love refried beans. I just can’t help it. For me, no burrito or taco is complete without a few heaping spoons of the stuff, preferably with some sharp cheddar cheese melted into the mix. Unfortunately, after switching to a vegetarian diet, they became off-limits, due to the fact that almost all refried beans are made with pork fat. Fortunately, I found a wonderful recipe to make them myself, completely vegan. After a little tweaking here and there, it has become a go-to recipe that I love to use time and again. And the best part? Not only are these refried beans super easy, they’re also entirely fat-free! Continue reading