French Black Beans and Mushrooms with Gravy Vegan

There's something really satisfying about mushrooms treated in a french preparation. Wine, mustard and thyme are one of those classic combinations that evoke a fine dining experience without the fine dining price tag. 1 pint baby bella mushrooms chopped small 1 can black beans, rinsed 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbl tsps soy sauce 2 tbl spicy mustard 2 tsps  prepared, jarred, horseradish (horseradish, vinegar and salt) 1 tbl hot sauce 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 tbls olive oil 2 tsps dry thyme 1 tsp black pepper 2 tsps salt When you cook down mushrooms some kind of molecular magic happens that turns bland, spongy fungi into a delectable culinary powerhouse. Add some wine and a few other components and you've got a deep, dark saucy ragout that will make anything you cover it with irresistible.  It's a simple mixture that yields complex tastes and textures.  It won't take up a lot of your time to make, but you'll have a hard time not eating it all in one sitting.  Start yo

Vegan Salad Dressing

Here is an easy vegan salad dressing packed full of nutrients thanks to nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite food toppings. It goes great with most everything. It has a pungent cheesy type flavor that integrates well with tomato sauces, sandwiches and soups.

But my favorite use for it by far is as a salad dressing. Your salad can be any kind of salad. Romaine, cabbage, iceberg, pasta or just a combo of vegetables of any sort.

Just sprinkle the yeast generously on top of your salad. Then douse with your favorite vinegar. White wine, red, balsamic. Any will be great. Drizzle with a little olive if you prefer. then a few sprinkles of salt and pepper. Toss or stir and enjoy. The yeast and vinegar combine to make a great vegan dressing that compliments so many different kinds of salads and other dishes as well. Use on rice, risotto, sandwiches. Anywhere you need an extra punch of flavor.

Alternatively you can make the dressing in a separate bowl and have other flavor enhancement options.

Add spicy mustard. Lime or lemon juice. Soy sauce. Maybe some garlic powder. Go wild with your favorite flavors. Whisk to combine. Drizzle over anything that needs a zesty zip of flavor.