Better than Cheese Sauce!

April 15, 2010 at 8:38 am 2 comments

I know what you are thinking… is there anything better than cheese sauce?  Well, there is something to be said about a real cheese sauce, made with milk and cheese, but it can be annoying to make.  Unless you melt Cheez Whiz, but I am pretty sure you can guess my thoughts on that one…. plastic cheese anyone?

Anyway, my son has neutral feelings about broccoli, so do I actually, but it is a great vegetable; nutritious, easy to cook, and easy to find year round.  However, plain broccoli apparently won’t do.  So I stumbled upon the best replacement for cheese sauce, and my son filled his seemingly hollow leg with broccoli, once he has this amazing sauce to dip his broccoli in…

What is it?  Is the suspense killing you?  Well, I recently purchased Ricki Heller’s Anti-Candida Feast e-cookbook and within it was THIS AMAZING recipe.  Easy and quick to make, we consumed most of it in one serving.  The remainder I used as a dressing on my brown rice & vegetable salad the next couple of days.

Delicious with steamed broccoli

The secret to great broccoli is…

Ricki Heller’s AMAZING Smoky Almond Gravy. or as we call everything in our house… Dip!  Ricki’s picture is WAY nicer than mine, so check it out and check out the recipe.  Why do I love this recipe, other than the flavour?  Almonds are so nutritious, they are  a great source of protein, calcium, potassium iron, zinc and vitamin E.  And on broccoli, this is terrific for kids.  It also contains onion and garlic, while my son likes these vegetables, many kids don’t & this sis a good way to get the nutritious benefits of these vegetables and introduce the flavour to your child’s palate.  Amazing if you are raising a vegan child.  Please give it a try and tell me what you think!  Did your family love it?

Tip:  Make sure the almonds are toasted, don’t be lazy & skip this step or it just won’t be as smoky or smooth.  (advice from the lazy one!)

This is great for a child one year or older.  If you are concerned about nuts, read my post on nuts and allergies here.

Smoky Almond Gravy

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil, preferably organic
  • 1 cup natural raw almonds, baked at 350F (180C) until toasted, 10-15 minutes, and then cooled
  • 1-1/4 cups (300 ml) water
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) soy sauce, Tamari, or Bragg’s
  • 3/4-1 tsp (3.5–5 ml) smoked paprika, as you like
  • 2-4 Tbsp (30-60 ml) brown rice flour (depending on how thick you want it)
  • fine sea salt, to taste

In a large frypan, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft and golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, process the almonds in a food processor until they are the texture of a fine meal (like a coarse cornmeal). Add the cooked onion and garlic and process to blend well. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

Transfer the mixture to a medium pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the gravy bubbles and thickens.  Serve immediately.  Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes 4-6 servings.

By the way!  Support Ricki’s campaign to get on the Ellen DeGeneres show!  Ellen has been following a vegan diet & Ricki thinks that she has got the goods for Ellen, and I couldn’t agree more!  Good Luck Ricki!  More information here!


Entry filed under: 1 Year, Allergies, Cookbooks, Dips, Finger Food, Nuts and Seeds, Protein, Tips for Picky Eaters, Toddlers, Vegetables, Vegetarian or Veganism, wheat-free. Tags: , , , , , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lisa Paul  |  May 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Hello, the gravy recipe looks great…but I cannot use bragg’s or soya sauce..I also have insensitivity to soy.
    could I use something else or just make it without the bragg’s?

    Thanks Lsa


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