Vegan Mushroom Gravy

Try this savoury, meatless alternative at your holiday dinner

The holidays just wouldn’t feel like the holidays without some gravy to pass around the table. Green Living loves this easy recipe from Whole Foods for basic vegan mushroom gravy—it’s healthier than turkey gravy and yet surprisingly full of flavour. We recommend pouring over whole grains, mashed potatoes or tofurkey. Enjoy!

Yield: Makes about 3 ½ cups to serve 14


3 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
1 cup chopped white onion
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 ounces wild mushrooms, trimmed and chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
¼ cup Merlot or other spicy red wine
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons whole-wheat or spelt flour
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


In a large skillet over medium-high heat, bring ½ cup broth to a simmer. Add onion and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes or until onion is translucent. Stir in mushrooms, rosemary and thyme and continue to cook about 2 minutes or until mushrooms release their liquid and start to become tender. Add wine and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 3 cups broth and bring to a simmer.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together tamari, yeast and flour to form a thick paste. Add mixture to skillet about 1 teaspoon at a time, whisking constantly to make sure paste dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add pepper.


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