Category Archives: dressings & sauces

Easy Make Ahead Paleo Gravy {paleo + vegan option}

Woooo team gravy!

Is gravy not the best part of holiday meals? I mean, a good gravy can save just about any dish in need of some love – dry turkey, bland mashed potatoes, over baked stuffing. It’s like the little (DELICIOUS) miracle working angel of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which is why I was so dang heartbroken when I gave up gluten, since most classic gravies are made with flour. But little did I know then that all hope was not lost. There are amazing gravy options to be had that do not involve any gluten or grains of any kind, like this easy make ahead paleo gravy!

It is here to fill that gravy shaped hole in your heart.

(Is that weird? You guys know what I mean 😉)

Easy make ahead paleo gravy! Rich and full of flavor, this gravy is made without any binders or thickeners - perfect for your paleo or vegan table!
 
I’m sure I’m not the only one that would argue gravy to be their favorite item on the Thanksgiving (or Christmas! Or hearty mid-winter dinner!) table. Which is why I felt it was so important to get it right. And easy. Make ahead menu items can be such a game changer when it comes to planning big meals!

Unlike most gravies that are thickened with some type of flour (wheat or not), this gravy gets it’s body from puréeing caramelized onions, garlic, and a few cashews together into an aromatic infused broth.

(👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼 bringing some MEGA flavor to the game)

what type of broth should you use for the gravy?

 

There’s really two main options:

  1. Homemade stock or bone broth (turkey, beef, chicken, mushroom or vegetable will all work!)
  2. Good tasting store bought broth

As one of the main ingredients of the gravy, you really want to start with something that tastes good. That being said, you don’t have to use a homemade stock or bone broth. I have made this gravy many times with store bought beef broth, chicken, or mushroom broth for a vegetarian version. Because you’re blending in some ever-so-flavorful and umami rich caramelized onions and garlic, and on top of that infusing the broth with aromatics, the store bought option will work just fine, as long as it’s a high quality option.

If you have some homemade stock or bone broth, definitely use it, as it will add another layer of richness and depth of flavor (AKA bringing your A game! 💯).

Even better – if you are making this gravy the day of the feast and making a turkey (which is totally do-able, it’s not that high maintanence), de-glaze your turkey roasting pan and incorporate some of the pan drippings to REALLY take it to the next level.

(now my mouth is watering)

Easy make ahead paleo gravy! Rich and full of flavor, this gravy is made without any binders or thickeners - perfect for your paleo or vegan table! Easy make ahead paleo gravy! Rich and full of flavor, this gravy is made without any binders or thickeners - perfect for your paleo or vegan table!

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paleo pimiento cashew cheese dip {vegan + paleo}

It’s Friday!! Which means it’s time to kick off those old work shoes, put that bottle of rosé on ice (or two), invite some friends over, and whip up a batch of this vegan and paleo pimiento cashew cheese dip for dipping ALL THE THINGS! 😍

Paleo pimiento cashew cheese dip with fresh veggies for dipping is the perfect whole food + dairy free swap for a southern classic!

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m in the camp of “delicious dips are life”.

In case you want to know the exact order of where my love for delicious dips falls, it goes something like this:

  1. My family and friends
  2. My cat
  3. Delicious dips

Yep. That list looks about right 😉

I’m not sure where the idea to make a pimiento cashew cheese dip came from (cuz really?! Pimiento cheese?! It’s been a loooong time since I’ve thought about that). But I think it started with a container of glistening spicy cherry peppers calling out to me at our natural foods store. Sometimes one single ingredient can be such an inspiration!

And as all the sunshine starts to inch closer and more friend and family gatherings fill our calendars, why not dream up some nutrient dense snacks that we can feel good about sharing with the one’s we love the most?

Paleo pimiento cashew cheese dip with fresh veggies for dipping is the perfect whole food + dairy free swap for a southern classic!

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easy + dairy free tahini hollandaise sauce {paleo}

Guys! Today is a very exciting day. Wanna know why? Because I’m sharing a recipe with you for easy DAIRY FREE tahini hollandaise sauce! AND it’s delicious! AND it can be made in a blender!

The list of reasons to love this sauce goes on and on.

Easy dairy free tahini hollandaise sauce! So simple to make (in a blender!) and still full of healthy fats and delicious flavor for your endless list of things that you have just been waiting to drown in hollandaise goodness.

Sauces, in general, are a pretty big deal to me. From my perspective, the variety of sauces in my refrigerator are just as important as the variety of veggies.

Ya feel me?

Sauce is like the magic wand that can turn any simple thing into a truly mouthwatering food experience.

Easy dairy free tahini hollandaise sauce! So simple to make (in a blender!) and still full of healthy fats and delicious flavor for your endless list of things that you have just been waiting to drown in hollandaise goodness.

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