Vegan Beyond Sausage Gravy (For Biscuits & Gravy)

Who else misses biscuits and gravy since being vegan/vegetarian??

And the vegan options are always just bleh at the restaurants that are vegan only… at least where I live.
I wonder why not just make traditional, tasty ass gravy instead of a semi-healthy, too thick gravy alternative that you can tell is a substitution in every bite.

Well, I have the OG recipe here, with the right ingredient swaps to make it vegan and still delicious af. I’m not trying to lose any flavor, and this mofo keeps it all packed tf in.

I was cooking four other recipes at the time of cooking this one, so homemade biscuits wasn’t really an option. Alongside soyrizo chilaquiles, pumpkin waffles, sweet potato hash browns, and finally this gravy, I drew the line at homemade biscuits. So store bought ones would do.

Ingredients:

  • 4 vegan Beyond sausage patties, or sausage of choice
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 c almond milk (more or less depending on consistency)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Thaw and break apart the sausage into chunks. Using a small/medium sauce pan, cook the sausage through on medium-high heat, releasing the grease.
  2. Add the flour and stir until it’s stuck on the sausage chunks, soaking up all of the grease. Then you’ll stir in the almond milk a little at a time, continuously stirring. As it cooks, the gravy will thicken, and you’ll continue to pour in the rest of the almond milk if you still have some, stirring.
  3. Reduce the heat to low-medium and simmer for another 2 minutes. Add the salt and pepper.
  4. It’s ready to go over your favorite biscuits of choice. (I used store bought because homemade biscuits was where I drew the line.)

Vegan Pumpkin Waffles

It’s Fall b*tches! That means pumpkin errythang. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, and these tasty ass vegan pumpkin waffles. I had these alongside my vegan soyrizo chilaquiles, sweet potato hashbrowns, and homemade biscuits & gravy. These waffles were the perfect sweet touch to all that savory-mess, I mean savory-ness breakfast.

And the reason for all the food? I was hungover and needed a fat breakfast with lots and lots of leftovers so I could have breakfast all day. Honestly I had enough breakfast for half the week.

Dress these babies up with some sizurp (maple syrup obv), and vegan butter if you’re feeling like going mf big. The amount produced was around eight to ten waffles which can serve five hungry people as a side, or three to four peeps as a main course. If you have pumpkin spice seasoning, feel free to add a dash of that to the mix as well, it’ll only get better.

They also freeze really well, to reheat you just pop them in a toaster oven for maybe eight minutes or in a toaster until heated through.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 c almond milk, or favorite alternative milk
  • 1 c canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 flax eggs (3 tbsp warm water, 2 tbsp ground flax stirred)
  • 1/4 c butter melted

Instructions:

  1. Plug in your waffle maker because the batter will be ready quick.
  2. Mix all your dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Mix all your wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until combined and the consistency of pancake batter or honey.
  5. I scooped two spoonful’s into my mini waffle maker but you can maybe do a 1/3 cup in a normal sized one. Once heated all the way through you can serve immediately with maple syrup and your favorite vegan butter.
  6. Enjoy 🙂

Vegan Pumpkin Stuffed Shells w/ Garlic Alfredo Sauce

It has been some time… this whole covid shutdown has had me distracted in a weird way, even with mostly everything closed. My boredom finally led me back to cooking again, which led me here. And back with a kick-ass stuffed shell. Pumpkin ricotta filling for all you basic bitches out there. Topped with a super delicious garlic alfredo sauce… I suggest making double because you can make fettuccine alfredo for “Pasta Night: Round 2”. This lovely recipe is as seen on Rainbow Plant Life, and made by the lovely Nisha.

Vegan, Nut-Free

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 1 hour 5 minutes; Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serving: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 24 to 28 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • Tofu Ricotta (recipe below)
  • 1 cup (240-250g) pumpkin purĂ©e
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup (50-60g) vegan parmesan cheese* (optional) 
  • Garlic BĂ©chamel Sauce (recipe below)
  • 15 fresh sage leaves, sliced or torn up

Tofu Ricotta

  • 1 (14-ounce/400g) block of extra-firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup (20g) nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced and zested 
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Garlic BĂ©chamel Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced 
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1 (13.5 ounce/400 mL) can “lite” coconut milk**
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 175°C). Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Cook the pasta shells. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and generously salt the water. Add the jumbo pasta shells and cook according to the box instructions until just al dente (do not overcook!), then drain well. 
  3. Transfer the cooked pasta shells to a baking sheet and drizzle with the 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the Tofu Ricotta. Drain the block of tofu and dab away the excess water with some paper towels. Place the tofu, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper flakes (if using) in a food processor and pulse repeatedly until the texture is smooth but still a little chunky, similar to the texture of ricotta cheese.
  5. Make the pumpkin ricotta filling. In a large bowl, combine the Tofu Ricotta, pumpkin purée, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, black pepper to taste, and vegan parmesan cheese (if using). Fold the ingredients together using a silicone spatula. Taste the filling and adjust the seasonings accordingly, adding more salt, pepper, or nutmeg as needed. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the filling into each jumbo pasta shell, and set aside.
  6. Make the Garlic Béchamel Sauce. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add the 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add onion and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 6-7 minutes, or until the onion is softened and lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the flour, whisking constantly for a minute until well incorporated. Gradually pour in the lite coconut milk in stages, whisking after each addition to prevent clumps, and then cook for 2 minutes until the sauce has thickened. 
  7. Transfer the sauce to a blender and add the 1 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Blend until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Taste the sauce for seasonings, adding more salt or pepper as desired. 
  8. Assemble the dish. Pour 1/2 cup of the Garlic Béchamel Sauce in the prepared baking dish. Arrange the stuffed jumbo shells on top of the sauce. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the shells. Scatter the chopped fresh sage leaves on top of the sauce. Bake the stuffed shells for 25 minutes, or until the pasta shells are lightly golden. Serve warm.

Notes:

* The vegan parmesan cheeses I’ve used are Follow Your Heart shredded parmesan and Violife vegan parmesan wedge.

** To make your own “lite” coconut milk, mix together 1 part full-fat canned coconut milk with 2 parts water, stir together until well combined. Then measure out 13.5 ounces (400 mL).

Holiday Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Hands down favorite recipe during any holiday dinner… IT’S. SO. MF. GOOD. I ate half and my family finished the rest, it went quick.
The cream of mushroom I used is from Alison on Loving It Vegan.

Ingredients:

Cream of Mushroom

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 tsp Crushed Garlic
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Pack (9oz/250g) any of the brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce (or Tamari if gluten-free)
  • 1 14oz (400ml) Can Coconut Milk
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 1/3 c white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 c nondairy milk
  • 1/2 c vegan mozzerella cheese, opional
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 (14.5-ounce) cans cut green beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 c French fried onions

Instructions:

Cream of Mushroom

  1. Add the olive oil to a pot with the onion and garlic, dried oregano and basil and sauté briefly.
  2. Then add the sliced mushrooms and the soy sauce, and cover the pot. Cook on medium high, covered, for around 10 minutes.
  3. This will allow the mushrooms to release their water.
  4. After 10 minutes, remove the lid, and cook for a further 10 minutes uncovered to allow some of the water to cook off.
  5. Then add the coconut milk and cook for a final 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, allowing the flavors to blend properly.
  6. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.

Rest of the Dish

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray a 13X9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Boil a large pot of water, add in the green beans for 8-10 minutes until they’re soft, strain, and run cold water over them.
  3. In a large skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil and the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the mushroom soup. Stir in the milk and cheese until the cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place your green beans in the prepared dish, pour the mixture over all of the green beans. Fold in 3/4 cup of the fried onions. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Top with the rest of the fried onions, and bake another 10-15 minutes until they’ve turned golden, and the casserole is hot and bubbly. Enjoy that sh*t.