In the mood for some comfort food?

Hello everyone! For lunch yesterday, I prepared the sage stuffing recipe from our Recipes for Wellness Cookbook. Now, this is one of my favorite recipes because traditional stuffing has always been a dish that I’ve truly enjoyed. After converting my diet over to my husband’s wellness plan over a year ago, I was excited to find a recipe that was able to fulfill this void. This stuffing recipe does not disappoint! However, in my rush to prepare lunch for eight people quickly, I realized that I hadn’t made any gravy. At this point, it was too late and kind of left us all a little disappointed! Not to worry though, because there are always leftovers. 🙂

So, today I reheated the leftover sage stuffing muffins in the oven, on a baking sheet lined with parchment, for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. This turned out really well. Then, I quickly prepared an easy chicken gravy that was ready in minutes. Gravy can kind of perplex people on the wellness diet because they aren’t sure what to use as a thickening agent. Obviously, flour and cornstarch are out, so what does that leave? Kuzu root is a wonderful replacement. The kuzu plant has been used as a food in China and Japan for thousands of years. Kuzu root is a versatile thickener that doesn’t separate after cooking. It’s great in sauces, gravy, pies, soups, and puddings. I use Eden Organics Kuzu Root Starch. It can be found in the Asian food section in natural/organic grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Martins, and Wegmans.

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This easy chicken gravy makes a great accompaniment not only to these sage stuffing muffins, but to mashed cauliflower, herb rubbed turkey, and many other chicken and turkey dishes. In fact, the holidays may be over, but I’m looking forward to a meal of roasted chicken, sage stuffing, mashed cauliflower, sweet and buttery boiled carrots, and cranberry sauce. Maybe that sounds good to you too? I’ve included the gravy recipe below. All the others can be found in the Recipes for Wellness Cookbook. Enjoy!

Easy Chicken Gravy

2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Chicken broth (or similar brand with no sugar added)

3 tablespoons organic butter (Kerry Gold brand is exceptional)

1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons Kuzu root, crushed and dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold/room temperature water

Add chicken broth, butter, salt, and pepper to medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until mixture starts to bubble. Add dissolved Kuzu root and stir until mixture starts to thicken. Serve.