Rhino’s Country Gravy

Rhino's Country Gravy - The Vegan Rhino

Rhino's Country Gravy - The Vegan Rhino

This country gravy, also known as a white gravy, is made from milk that is thickened by a roux, which is flour cooked in vegan butter. This gravy recipe is best with a soy milk because of its natural flavor profile. If you don’t use or have soy milk, you can always opt for oat milk or almond milk, just make sure it is unsweetened. Smother this gravy over Country Fried Cauliflower Steaks or biscuits! The choice is yours.

Yields 8 servings


5 Tbsp. vegan butter

1/3 cup organic all-purpose flour

3 1/2 cups non-dairy milk

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper


  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter and sprinkle with flour, stirring for 30 seconds. Slowly pour in non-diary milk and whisk until gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Serve over fried cauliflower steaks and garnish with parsley and side of mashed potatoes and green beans.


Chef’s tip: The best type of plant-based milk is soy because it has the most natural flavor. If you can’t use soy, go for unsweetened oat milk.

Mushroom Gravy 

Mushroom Gravy 

Mushroom Gravy 

This Mushroom Gravy recipe is perfect for my vegan roast turkey, garlic-chive mashed potatoes, or anything else you can think of! Growing up, I would pour tons of gravy on my stuffing, mashed potatoes, and anything else I could, I would. Realizing the importance of a good gravy, I thought this would be the perfect recipe for your holiday roasts and more!

 Mushroom Gravy 

Yield 8


1/4 cup vegan butter

2 (8 oz) packages baby Bella mushrooms, sliced

1/4 cup white onion, chopped

1/4 cup King Arthur organic flour

3-1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. fresh thyme, minced


  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and add the sliced mushrooms and onions. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and sauté for 15 minutes until the water has evaporated. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Sprinkle the flour and cook for an addition 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly pour the vegetable broth while stirring and season with salt, pepper, and thyme. 
  3. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once thickened, remove from heat and pour into gravy boat. 
  4. Serve immedietly.

Chef’s tip: Add a splash of vegan worcestershire sauce.

SunflowerFamily Haché “Sausage” Gravy

SunflowerFamily Haché "Sausage" Gravy

SunflowerFamily Haché "Sausage" Gravy For some of us, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Instead of de-fueling your body with processed cereals or sugary doughnuts, fuel it with nutritious, plant-based options like what you see here! Using @sunflowerfamilyusa sunflower haché to replace meat in this recipe, I’m able to recreate the perfect texture for the plant-based sausage and gravy.SunflowerFamily Haché "Sausage" Gravy

Yields 4 cups

Serves 3-4 people


1 (9 oz) package sunflower haché 

2-1/2 cups oat milk 

1/4 cup King Arthur organic flour

1/2 tsp. white pepper

1-1/4 cup water

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder


  1. In a frying pan on medium heat, and water and haché. Cook for 2-3 minutes until water has soaked into the textured protein.
  2. Add the flour and mix around to coat. Slowly pour in the oat milk, mixing while the gravy thickens. Season with pepper.
  3. Serve with Easy Cheesy Biscuits


Chef’s tip: This recipe is also great for a veganized country fried steak using my “chicken” Milanese recipe located on Vitacost.com #VitaVibes Blog, click here.

Crowd-Pleasing Roast

Crowd-Pleasing Roast
Crowd-Pleasing Roast

When I think of the ultimate comfort food, I think of Roast recipes with gravy. So why does a plant-based Roast have to be any different? When any food roasts in garlic, vegetables and is smeared in gravy, everyone will be asking “when is dinner”. This meal is an easy recipe that will remind you of any meat based roast beef or tenderloin. The great thing about this type of meal is that you can add any kind of side dish you would like next to the roast; such as brussels sprouts or roasted carrots, the options are endless.

Crowd-Pleasing Roast

Yields 12-14 servings



8 oz. extra firm tofu, pressed and drained

1/4 cup baby bella mushrooms

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup vegetable broth

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. avocado oil

1 Tbsp. onion powder

1-1/2 tsp. garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. tamari sauce

1 half beet, roasted

2 tsp. parsley, chopped

1 tsp. dried sage

1 tsp. dried mustard seed, ground

1 tsp. rosemary, chopped

1 tsp. ground white pepper

1 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/2 tsp. celery seed, ground

2-1/4 cup vital wheat gluten

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 cup oat flour


1-1/2 cup vegetable broth

1/4 cup onion, chopped

1/4 cup carrots, peeled and chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1/4. tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/4 cup baby bella mushroom, chopped

1 Tbsp. corn starch


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, combine the tofu, wine, broth, beets, garlic, onion powder, lemon juice, oil, tamari, parsley, sage, mustard seed, salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth.
  3. In a bowl, stir together the vital wheat gluten, oat flour, and nutritional yeast. Mix the blended ingredients into the dry mixture and combine until dough forms.
  4. Knead dough for roughly two minutes, so all of the ingredients are well combined. Shape the dough into a log shape and roll in foil. Be sure to crimp the ends together to keep the shape while it cooks.
  5. Bake in the oven for 2-1/2 hours, turning every 30 minutes.
  6. In a sauce pan, add the vegetable broth, onions, carrots, garlic, parsley and thyme. Bring to a boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Add the corn starch and use a handheld emersion blender to combine the gravy, salt and pepper to taste. Once thickened, remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Remove from the oven and heat a skillet on medium-high heat with avocado oil (1 Tbsp.) Place the cooked roast into the pan and sear the sides for brown color.
  8. Slice and serve with gravy and choice of sides.

Chef’s tip: If you would like to add some additional flavor, feel free to add 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke flavoring to the wet ingredients.

Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

Before I realized how easy it is to make my own mouthwatering pasta sauce, I opted for store-bought varieties. The downside to pre-made sauces is that they’re often tainted with preservatives to maintain longer shelf lives—no thanks! Now, I use homegrown tomatoes from my garden (or local farm when necessary!). With organic, fresh and local ingredients, it’s easier than ever to sneak in some added nutrients (think fresh herbs such as thyme and basil!). Italian lover? This sauce is the perfect addition to pizza, lasagna and beyond!


10 medium tomatoes, cut into quarters 

3 cloves of garlic, smashed 

1 small white onion, chopped roughly

1 Tbsp. Simply Organic Oregano

1/4 cup  fresh basil leaves 

1 1/2 tsp. Simply Organic Thyme Leaf

1 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Pink salt

1 tsp Spicely Organics Black Peppercorns Tin

3 quarts water



  1. In medium saucepan, heat tomatoes, garlic and onion. Fill with water 2-in. below brim of pot.
  2. Add oregano, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to boil on high heat. Boil for 10 minutes until tomatoes and onions soften.
  3. With hand immersion or blender, combine until everything is broken up. Pour back into pot and bring back to a boil.
  4. After boiling, reduce to simmer for 3 hours. Once time has elapsed and you’ve reached desired thickness, remove from heat and let cool. Serve immediately or can sauce for longer shelf life.


Chef’s tip: Great for Pizza, Spaghetti, and lasagna! Fresh and homemade is a much better choice than store bought.