Quick Saturday Gravy Recipe

Growing up, Saturday afternoons were spent at my grandparents’ house where the entire family gathered for a hearty meal, lots of laughs, and much love. It was not uncommon that at least one of the dishes served was macaroni and gravy. Yes, we call it gravy in my family. I am pleased to share a recipe that has been passed down for generations and is included in many fond memories. You might notice there are no measurements for the ingredients- Gram never used them. Let your palate be your guide. Mangia!

Sprinkle Olive Oil
Dash Chopped Garlic
Dash Chopped Onion
Dash Chopped Basil
Dash Chopped Oregano
Sprinkle of Black Pepper
Sprinkle of Red Pepper
Splash of Wine
A Couple Bay Leaves
Box, can, or freshly crushed Tomatoes

In a stove top cooking apparatus, heat olive oil. Lower heat to a simmer. Add garlic and onion. Stir occasionally. Add chopped basil and oregano. Once garlic and onion are slightly browned add crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, red pepper, black pepper, and wine. Stir occasionally and simmer for at least twelve minutes. The longer the gravy simmers, the more flavorful it gets- just be sure to keep stirring!

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Day-to-day maintainance

Each morning I vocalize in the shower, adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water.

I stay active with calisthenics, hiking, Pilates, long distance walks, and yoga. My goal is to exercise twice daily, even if it is as simple as a few sets of planks, wall sits, push-ups, hundreds, and the series of five.

I do my best to start and end my day with a glass of water, boiled and cooled to 160°F or so, with the juice of one lemon, squeezed, per glass.

I also end my day with a magnesium supplement mixed in a glass of boiled water, cooled to 160°F or so. One example is Natural Vitality Natural Calm Diet Supplement, Raspberry Lemon. (There are both vegan and non-vegan versions of this particular supplement so read the label to be sure.)

While I enjoy preparing elaborate meals for dinner parties, I find my body is at its peak when I stick to meals consisting of steamed vegetables, a hearty salad, legumes, grains, and a cup or bowl of fresh fruit. I also limit my intake of fruit juices, carbonated beverages, and alcohol.

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So You're Thinking Of Going Vegan

First off, congratulations and welcome!

You’ve at least clicked on the entry and that means you’d like to learn more about a plant-based, vegan, diet and lifestyle. I cringe to think of it now, but I once brought a honey-baked ham to a party. Nowadays, I might bring a Cauliflower roast with potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts or a party pizza topped with seasonal vegetables.

I am not a doctor. I am not a nutritionist. I have consulted with both privately and suggest doing the same. I also suggest diving into some books and documentaries on the subject.

A few reading recommendations on nutrition and leading a plant-based and Vegan life are:

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health By T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Thomas M. Campbell II, MD

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition By Howard Jacobson and T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non Vegan World By Bob Torres & Jenna Torres

There are many documentaries about Veganism, here are a few to start with:

Fast Food Nation

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Food, Inc

Forks Over Knives

What The Health

You might be thinking that a plant-based, vegan diet is expensive and filled with hassle. I have found the opposite to be true. Make your first stop for groceries a discount store, such as 99 Cents Only Stores. Many offer a variety of fresh and frozen produce, and non-dairy milks, in addition to various specialty vegan items. Personally, I have found everything from Cashew milk to Papaya, and from condiments to chocolate bars. Whenever possible, I bake and cook from scratch and prepare meals in advance.

 

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Full disclosure: I am in the process of getting a headboard reupholstered in a vegan fabric as it was purchased a few years before I made the switch and was made with leather. Does it keep me up at night? Yes. Some nights it does, but I meditated on the subject, asked forgiveness for my part in the cruel and untimely death of an incredible creature, and expressed gratitude for the joy that it brought.