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This Week’s Thanksgiving Special Recipe: Mashed Beans and Homemade Gravy

Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without the mashed potatoes and gravy. Here’s a healthier spin on the Thanksgiving classic, Mashed Beans and Homemade Gravy. The best types of beans to use for this recipe are Butter Beans or Baby Lima Beans because they already have a natural buttery taste.

For this recipe, we’ll make the Mashed Beans from prepared dried baby lima beans, soy milk, salt, and pepper. For the Homemade Gravy, we’ll use onions, soy sauce, butter, cornstarch, vegetable bouillon, sage, salt, and pepper.

First, let’s gather our kitchen utensils

  • Medium Sauce Pan
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Potato Masher

Let’s cover the ingredients you’ll need:


  • 1 lb prepared Baby Lima Beans or Butter Beans
  • 1/2 cup Soy Milk, or more to desired consistency
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups vegetable bouillon
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sage
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Now that you know what ingredients you’ll need in order to make Mashed Beans and Homemade Gravy, let’s step through how to make them:


Making the Mashed Beans:
  1. In the medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, mash the prepared beans, salt, pepper, and soy milk together until desired consistency is reached.
  2. Remove the pan from the stove when the mashed beans are heated thoroughly.

Making the Gravy:
  1. In the small sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the onion for 3 minutes. Add the flour and saute for 4 more minutes.
  2. Mix the cornstarch, vegetable bouillon, and soy sauce together. Slowly add it to the pan, stirring consistently to avoid lumps.
  3. Add the salt, pepper, and sage to the gravy.
  4. Bring the gravy to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the stove and let cool. The gravy will thicken as it cools.

That’s how you make Mashed Beans and Homemade Gravy! Enjoy!

Let us know in the comments how yours turned out!

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