What is on your holiday table this year?
Tis the season for family gatherings, and that generally means the Traditional comfort foods we often share this time of the year.
When I think of some of the side dishes and accompaniments served at our big family gatherings, I think of Stuffing (otherwise called “Dressing” here in the South), Gravy, and Mashed Potatoes. Unfortunately, most of these recipes thrive on butter, cream, gluten, bread, oils, and assorted animal protein additions. Traditional though these recipes may be, they leave our bodies heavy with regret, bloat, and an insatiable appetite for something more. A common side effect of a lack of nutrients, and/or lack of absorption of these nutrients.
I wanted to seek out lighter but still flavorful versions to share with my clients, but unfortunately, I could not find one single recipe I was excited about. Instead, I found myself in a sea of vegetarian and vegan renditions that contained excess oils, soy (processed), wheat flours, gluten-free breads (processed), and vegan margarine (processed).
Taking matters into my own hands, I did a little testing myself and I am pleased with the results. I think you will absolutely love these two holiday steals. Bursting with flavor and aromas from an assortment of wild mushrooms, which serve as an excellent and more alkaline replacement for meat, and coupled with traditional herbs, rest assured that you will be sharing these recipes both joyfully and energetically.
Even better, none of these ingredients are too “out of the ordinary.” All of the ingredients can easily be found in your Whole Foods Market or health food store, and many of them in your traditional supermarket.
Wild Mushroom and Quinoa Stuffing, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan by Lauren Talbot
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa (about 3 cups cooked)
- 2 cups water (to cook quinoa)
- 1 pound baby bella mushrooms, stems removed, cut into thin slices, then in half
- ½ pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
- ½ pound wild mushroom, or shiitake (to add to texture and flavor diversity) *I Used Oyster
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup dry white, divided (I used my favorite Organic Frey Chardonnay)
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
- 1 tsp dried rubbed sage leaf
- 1 tsp dried thyme leaf
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- Coconut oil for greasing pan
- ½ tsp sea salt, or to taste, divided
- ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/8 cup fresh parsley leaves, for decor
- Sea salt to taste, if needed
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Prepare quinoa according to package instruction, and place to the side. Very lightly grease a large, oven-safe, casserole dish with coconut oil, only enough to prevent sticking, and set to the side.
In a large frying pan, or pot, sprinkle mushrooms with ¼ tsp salt and cover for 2 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring to prevent from sticking. Salting is important, as it will let mushrooms secrete their own juices, and reduce the need for water, oil, or broth. Turn heat up to medium and sauté for 5 minutes, or until mushrooms are darker, and juicy. Scoop mushrooms into your “greased” casserole dish, leaving their juices behind.
In same frying pan, turn up the heat again to high, and add the garlic, onion, and celery. Sauté vegetables until remaining mushroom liquid has evaporated and then sprinkle vegetables with ¼ tsp salt and cover. Allow vegetables to steam on medium-high heat for 3 minutes, stirring if needed. On low heat, uncover and sauté for an additional two minutes, or until onions appear translucent.
Turn up heat and add ¼ cup wine, spices, and herbs. Sauté until wine has evaporated and has been absorbed into the vegetables. Continually sautéing, add in the remaining wine in ¼ cup intervals—each time allowing the liquid’s flavor to be absorbed, before more is added. When all wine has been absorbed, spoon in your quinoa and use a large spoon to combine. Pour mixture into your mushroom casserole dish and combine ingredients, until well integrated. Place in oven for 25 minutes, until quinoa is just barely browning. If you are looking for a crunchier stuffing, stir halfway through. Keep oven on warm until ready to serve. Dish can be made a day in advance and then reheated if necessary.
Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo Gravy by Lauren Talbot
- 4 T Coconut Flour, more depending on desired consistency
- 2 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2.5-3 cups low sodium vegetable broth, depending on desired thickness
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 5 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Shown with baked eggplant as a base for this gravy marinade.
In a medium frying pan, or pot, sprinkle onion with ¼ tsp salt and cover for 2 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring to prevent from sticking when needed. Add garlic, thyme, oregano, pepper, and ¼ cup vegetable broth. Sauté until onions are translucent.
Add an additional 1/4 cup broth and porcini mushrooms. Cover and allow to steam on low for 3 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender. Uncover, add in remaining broth, and then slowly add in coconut flour, 1 tbsp at a time. Stir until all flour is well combined, and not lumpy.
Carefully scoop hot mixture into high-speed blender. Blend until smooth, adding nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, and toasted sesame oil. Blend again until well combined and season with sea salt to taste. Serve when ready. Gravy can be made a day in advance and refrigerated. Serve on top of baked eggplant, or baked portabello mushrooms.
Happy Healthy Holidays!
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