This is a guest post from a new contributer Erica. Erica lives in Hawaii with her husband and two sons and eats a Lacto Vegetarian diet.

Erica will be sharing her vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes with us for those of you who are interested in trying something new this holiday. 


A holiday meal is not complete without the essence of gravy.  It is the part I look forward to the most, and it is required when I have small amount of mashed potatoes left on my plate.  

The Mmmmm…..Gravy we have here is simple, easy, and delicious.  This gravy recipe features protein rich Garbanzo bean flour. Garbanzo flour provides a nice template for gravies, soup stocks and my favorite Indian Desserts.  This gravy freezes well.  Helpful, especially when the amount food to cook on the holidays tends to be an uphill marathon. Do keep in mind that when it is cooled it will thicken.  There is no need to add water when you warm it up, it will thin out with the heat.  This gravy tends to be in high demand during the holidays therefore I recommend making 2 batches

For all my strict vegan friends out there and for those who are searching for new adventure, YES! All these recipes can be made vegan. You can replace the butter in all these recipes with a butter substitute such as earth balance or with your favorite cold pressed cooking oil (coconut, sunflower, olive etc.)  I would love to see the look on all your friends faces when you tell them “I am not cooking a turkey this year.  Not only that, I am using all vegan Thanksgiving recipes.”  It is a great way to honor and show thanks to all of our animal friends!

These mouthwatering recipes will prove to your guests that Turkey is not a necessity on Thanksgiving, I guarantee it.

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy & Joyful Thanksgiving! Bon Appetite!

MMMMM……Gravy! Serves: 6 


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup garbanzo (chickpea) flour
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2-3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast


  1. In a large saucepan toast the butter, flour, basil, thyme and black pepper over medium-high heat for a good 10-15 min. When toasting Garbanzo flour the best flavor comes when well toasted.

  2. Gradually add the water using a whisk to prevent clumping. Once the water is well incorporated whisk in the soy sauce, lemon juice and nutritional yeast.

Recipe created by Erica P. for personal use only. May not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed for without prior permission.