January 16th, 2007


Biscuits, gravy and vegetables

I'm married to a real southern boy, and this past weekend when I needed some comfort food he made me the following (OK, so I made the gravy, but still!)

Biscuits - use your favorite biscuit recipe. My guy just used the one that's on the back of the Bisquick box, which is basically mix plus milk, or soymilk in our case.

Vegetables - you will need:
- a little bit of oil
- vegetables to your hearts content (we used yellow squash, broccoli, carrots and corn), chopped up
- 3-4 slices of Tofurkey or other sandwich "meat" (we used turkey flavor)
- some spices (we used garlic salt and chili powder)
Cook the vegetables in the oil. When they are almost ready to eat, cut up the sandwich so-called-meat and add to the pan. Cook for a few more minutes while the gravy finishes up.

Gravy - my favorite recipe is loosely based on the one you find on the Tofurkey roast box. If you know what's good for you, you will start this when you're about halfway done with the vegetables. Roux takes a while!
- 4 tablespoons of oil
- 4 tablespoons of flour
- some garlic or onion
- a few handfuls sliced mushrooms
- soymilk
- broth or vegetable buillion cubes (I used two of the latter)
- some nutritional yeast
- a little bit of soy sauce
- your choice of spices (I used black pepper, chili powder, thyme and oregano, I think)
Heat up the oil and add the garlic, onion and mushrooms. It's really not necessary to use garlic, but I like to put something in there so you know when the oil is hot enough for the flour, and I was out of onions. When the garlic/onions look just perfectly cooked, add the flour (always an equal amount to the oil).
Stir to mix with the oil. Let cook for a minute or two or five, because raw flour is not very good. It seems like the gravy gets thicker the longer you let it cook, but you still have to be careful because it smells awful if it burns.
Add some soymilk. I don't measure, but probably about 2 cups. Add the spices, nutritional yeast and broth or vegetable cubes. Don't forget the soy sauce! Let cook until it gets thick and bubbly. If it doesn't thicken you probably have too little flour - dissolve some in water and add to the gravy. 

That's it! Combine and eat!

PS. The tags for this group are REALLY impressive - I hope I used the right ones!

Greens, mushrooms, raisins, grits, flax seeds

1) I've never been a big fan of salad, so I'm always looking for new ways to sneak in dark leafy greens. I just made a delightful sandwich: baby spinach on whole wheat bread with Nayonaise and sunflower seeds. Try it! Do you all have any other ideas? I'm burnt out on the soup idea.

2) I have a plentitude of mushrooms and need some ideas to use them up. Do they freeze well? I've made gravy, eaten the raw, and added them to soup....what else?

3) Do raisins have added sugar or is all the sweetness naturally occuring in the raisin? It doesn't list sugar in the ingredients but I'm not sure.

4) Do grits count as a source of whole grain? Or are they so refined that they are in the same category as white bread?

5) I hate the taste of ground flax seed, but I want to eat it daily for the nutrition benefits. Any suggestions?

Maybe I should start posting regularly instead of letting all these questions fester! Thanks a lot in advance :)