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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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Loaded Greek Salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeno dressing {gluten free + dairy free option}

Summer is coming and that means allllll the loaded salad bowls! And we’re kicking off the warm weather salad vibes with this gem right here – a loaded greek salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeño dressing!

Loaded greek salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeño dressing is satisfying, healthy and easy to make! Packed with crisp greens, loads of veggies, buttery casteltravano olives, crispy chickpeas and feta cheese it's a salad lovers DREAM!

I first had the notion to put together a greek salad bowl during a lunch date with myself at Oddfellows Cafe here in Seattle. If you’re ever in Seattle do yourself a favor and brunch, lunch or have dinner there! It’s a great space with delicious food + and a wonderful drink selection.

They had a special running for a greek salad, and I sorta fell in love with it.

The weekend after that we were heading out to the coast to vacation on the beach for memorial day weekend with some friends of ours, and needed to plan all of our meals for the trip. I tried my hand at throwing together a loaded greek salad and it turned out so great. I knew with a couple more simple tweaks it was destined to be shared with you.

why you’ll love this loaded greek salad bowl

 

It comes piled high with tender spicy greens, sweet tomatoes, briny and buttery casteltravano olives (these olives bring me to my KNEES!), fresh cucumbers, cubed smoked turkey for some protein, spiced crispy chickpeas, all the fresh herbs, green onions, and a little feta cheese to set it off IF that’s your style.

And did I mention it’s topped with a creamy jalepeño dressing ?🙂

I DIE.

This situation is pretty much salad heaven, you guys.

Definitely not a classic greek salad, but we’ve all probably had our fair share of that, right?

Loaded greek salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeño dressing is satisfying, healthy and easy to make! Packed with crisp greens, loads of veggies, buttery casteltravano olives, crispy chickpeas and feta cheese it's a salad lovers DREAM!

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