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Always have a close friend that is a professional chef!

I had the most incredible dinner last night.  My gorgeous friend Roxane and I decided to get “the girls” together for a little wine, food and conversation since we hadn’t seen each other this year.   Roxane happens to be a personal chef and caterer in Indianapolis.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed many incredible meals at Rox’s house.  She always makes sure that I, with my crazy eating habits, can eat whatever she cooks.  Last night she made the most fantastic VEGAN POT PIE in the world.  She was already making a chicken pot pie for everyone, so when she heard I was now doing the vegan thing she managed to whip together a vegan version.  It was amazing that one of my favorite comfort foods from the pre-pescatarian days could be transformed into a mouth watering vegan masterpiece.   I’ve already expressed to Rox that I must have the recipe, because I’m planning on making it a lot and I will definitely pass it on.

I said that the key is to have a professional chef as a close friend, but I failed to mention that I have two friends that are amazing chefs.  My friend Jennifer was trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and is well versed in vegan and vegetarian cooking.  My favorite recipe from Jennifer is another comfort food that I can enjoy on a vegan diet, VEGAN BICKIES AND GRAVY!  I’ve made this recipe over and over again with a few slight modifications.  I recommend making it and not telling anyone that it’s vegan until they’ve eaten it so you can get an honest response to the question…”How did you like the vegan bickies and gravy?”  Enjoy!

1 c. Soy Milk

2-3 T. Whole Wheat Flour

1 pkg. GimmieLean Sausage

Olive Oil

Pinch of Salt

Black Pepper to Taste

Heat olive oil in a skillet and brown the GimmieLean.  Add the soy milk, salt and pepper to the skillet.  Gradually sprinkle in the flour to thicken the gravy.   (You can add more soy milk or flour to create more gravy and thickness that you enjoy.)  Pour over your favorite hot bickies or make a quick batch using whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, olive oil and soymilk.

Now go on and give it a try!

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