Sausage Gravy + Biscuits: Soy/Dairy/Egg Free

This was one of those ah-ha moments.  Twice.  

First when I realized, duh, I can eat meat; I don’t have to abstain from this favorite breakfast meal because I had Rice Milk to sub for cow’s milk.

And, Two, when I discovered Coconut Oil for better vegan biscuits.  🙂 🙂 🙂

Thus was reborn my Favorite Breakfast:

Sausage Gravy + Biscuits

Soy/Dairy/Egg Free Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

1 lb. Bob Evans Sausage roll, original

1/4 cup (give or take) all-purpose King Arthur flour

Rice Milk

Brown the sausage in a skillet – we like to use our Cast Iron skillet – and once it is all cooked, sprinkle on the flour and really coat the ground sausage.  Both the meat and the pan should look pretty dry.  

Then pour in enough milk to cover the bottom of the pan.  Stir the meat until it starts to thicken into a sauce.  If it is too thick, add some more milk, about 1/8 cup of milk at a time.  Stir some more after each addition until you get a nice consistency.  

basic biscuits

Quick Bread Biscuits: Richer Biscuits

2 cups flour (I love King Arthur all-purpose flour)

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

6 Tbs coconut oil

1 cup Rice Milk

Measure out coconut oil and microwave it for 30 seconds or until it is very soft.  Add dry ingredients and “cut in” dry with the oil.  Then mix in the milk.

Drop by spoonfuls onto greased (or silicone mat lined) cookie sheets and bake at 450*F for 12 minutes.  Makes about 20 biscuits.

I haven’t perfected the order of cooking and baking yet, but I’d wager a guess to mix up the biscuits first and get them in the oven before you start the sausage.  That way the biscuits are coming out of the oven and cooling while you are making the gravy.

Serve two biscuits in a bowl with sausage gravy poured over top.  Enjoy!

 

I love to hear your thoughts;  What is your favorite breakfast recipe?  Have you found a way to make it safe for your diet restrictions?  Links to relevant info are welcome in the comments.  
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Basic Vegan Biscuits

These biscuits were my first attempt with coconut oil.  The flaky texture and perfect, delicious flavor had me hooked from the first bite.  Or rather, from the first lick of the batter spoon.

This recipe is adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook with vegan substitutions from my new Substitutions Bible, Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference. 

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Stocking the Pantry: Soy, Dairy, Egg Free

For anyone that knows the struggle — because this seems to be becoming a more regular occurrence which is scary — there are many foods at the grocery store that are on the DO NOT BUY list.

But on the flip side, there are MANY MANY MANY. REAL. FOODS. that are on the Safe List.  So instead of repeating myself for all my friends that ask and more importantly for all those other friends struggling with this new lifestyle, here is my Go-To list of what I stock in my Pantry for our daily meals.

Stocking the No Soy, No Dairy, No Egg Pantry

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Soy- Dairy- Egg- Free: Tried + True Substitutions

There are many google searches in my history for “egg replacer” “egg substitute in muffins” “butter substitute” “how much applesauce equals one egg” and more.  My dad even gifted me this little LIFE SAVER I’ve dubbed the Substitutions Bible that I never thought I’d open more than my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook.  But it has all the beauty of handwritten notes, turned page corners, and creased binding to show it is well loved.

And I’ve shared many of these cheats with my friends who are on their own soy/dairy/egg free journey that I thought it was time to give them a quick link to reference instead of lost in Facebook history. Continue reading

Freezing Bananas the Easy Way

This post is written for the new friends I met at Ciolino’s one Sunday afternoon when the bananas were FREE (because the owner had just gotten a new truckload in and wanted the ripe ones out).  

Why do I love bananas?  Let me count the ways… 🙂

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Friday Recipe: Turkey Wrap

I have been craving Turkey & lettuce sandwiches since the middle of my pregnancy and it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.  The best part is that it is a healthy, light meal that I love indulging, compared to my first trimester donut cravings.

I’ve even been able to nix the cheese to reduce my calorie intake in order to slow my weight gain toward the end of this pregnancy.  But you could obviously add some shredded cheese if you like.

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Eating Clean as a Busy Mom

Because we don’t all have the time to read EVERY. SINGLE. LABEL. on every package of food we purchase every week.  And because I’m a real mom who has a real daughter that enjoys her animal crackers just as much as the next kiddo, we all struggle with eating and feeding our families clean, healthy foods, right?

So this is what I’ve found works for our family…

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