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Ginger-Cinnamon White Bean Gravy

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November 22, 2015

Rich and creamy, this gravy tastes amazing! Use a pressure cooker to quickly cook the beans

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For the Beans

1 cup dry navy beans, soaked overnight

1 teaspoon olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped

4 cups of water

1 bay leaf

Juice of one lemon

For the Gravy

1/4 cup vegan butter

1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped

1/8 tsp. EACH: ginger, cinnamon, ground black pepper

1 and 1/4 cups veggie broth

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1/8 cup nutritional yeast flakes


For the beans

Heat olive oil in the uncovered pressure cooker on medium heat.

Add garlic, beans, water and bay leaf.

Bring to pressure.

Cook at pressure for 6 - 15 minutes.

Timing is based on how you’ve soaked the beans. If soaked overnight cook for 6 - 8 minutes. For quick soaked beans, cook for 12 – 15 minutes (For quick soaked add beans to 3 cups of water, bring to pressure, allow for a natural release; quick release after 10 minutes; rinse and drain then cook).

Allow for a natural release.

Remove pressure cooker lid away from you.

Stir in lemon juice and taste for doneness (simmer on low if beans are not fully cooked).

For the gravy

Heat butter in saucepan on medium-high. Add onion and sauté until translucent.

Add ginger, cinnamon and pepper and stir well.

Stir in veggie broth and soy sauce. Bring back to a boil.

Add 1 and ½ cup cooked beans.

Use an immersion blender in the saucepan to blend the gravy approximately 20 – 30 seconds. (You can use a blender; simply return the gravy back to the saucepan once blended.)

Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add nutritional yeast flakes, stir well, cover and simmer for five more minutes, stirring as needed.

If you don't have a pressure cooker, you can also make this delicious gravy using canned beans (1 can rinsed and drained).

Note from VEW: This recipe from JL Fields is one of several featured which use a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker is a great appliance for anyone who wants to eat more plant-based meals. If you've never used a pressure cooker before, you'll be doing so easily with just a little guidance from JL Fields and her "Vegan Pressure Cooking" cookbook.

Check out JL's blog and recipes at



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