I am sharing with you one of the simple and common foods you can find in the western world’s dining table… potato! I love my rice and I like ‘taters’ too 🙂 Don’t want to eat plain steamed and baked potatoes? Make yourself some gravy to go with it, instead of buying pre-mixed, you’ll save money and avoid unwanted ingredients and preservatives. This gravy is easy to make and the ingredients are simple. You can even make it with only flour, water, a little oil and seasoning if you don’t have mushrooms and cashew nuts.
Some days my lunch plate looks like what’s in the picture: Steamed potatoes with mushroom gravy, Oat burger, cooked green beans and fresh veggies.
1 cup cashew nuts (you may use roasted peanuts)
3 cups water (divided)
1 Tbspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1 TBspoon nutritional yeast flakes
1 1/2 TBspoon beef-like seasoning powder (you may use available alternative)
1 1/2 TBspoon low sodium soy sauce
1 TBspoon parsley flakes (optional)
3 TBspoons flour or cornstarch
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
4 oz can or 3/4 cup diced mushrooms
1/4 mushroom seasoning powder (optional, use alternative if you may)
1. Place 2 cups of water and other ingredients in blender except last four ingredients (oil, onion, diced mushrooms and mushroom seasoning). Blend on high for about 2 minutes until smooth.
2. In a medium size pan, saute onion with coconut oil, diced mushroom and mushroom seasoning for 2 minutes. If you use fresh mushrooms, it may take about 3-5 minutes to thoroughly cook it. Cover to cook and stir occasionally.
3. When mixture in the blender is fine and smooth, pour into pan to mix with sauteed mushrooms. Add the last 1 cup of water to the blender, swish it around to clean it and add it to the mixture. Bring it to boil over medium heat until mixture thickens. Stir occasionally to avoid lumping. When gravy sauce is thick enough remove from heat.
4. Taste it, if you think your gravy needs more seasoning you may add a little bit more to meet your desired taste. If you want a thicker gravy/sauce, just add more flour or cornstarch dissolved in cool water. Return gravy sauce to heat and stir. Simmer to thicken.
Makes about 4 cups.