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Thanksgiving Gravy ~ Starch-Free & B.E.D. Friendly

Slather this savory, starch-free gravy over meat, mashed red potatoes, or starch-free stuffing for a traditional comfort food and a happy belly. Unlike most gravy, this one does not contain a thickening starch like cornstarch or flour and so it combines well with animal protein.

When I say ‘combines well’ I am referring to food combining; a secret for improving digestive issues. I learned about this when I started on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) and am glad I did! I no longer feel stuffed to the seams after I feast, or hardly ever for that matter. Moved on to stage 2? Check out this delicious onion gravy



3 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, butter, or pastured bacon fat if tolerated

1 1/2 cups leftover pan drippings from turkey, chicken, etc.

1 1/2 cups meat/vegetable stock (or shiitake soaking water in stuffing recipe)

2-3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin

Sea salt to taste


Add drippings, broth, and sea salt to a medium-sized pan and bring to a gentle simmer.

Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring often.

Remove from heat.

Dissolve a tablespoon (only 1!) of the gelatin into enough cold water to make a paste and let it sit for a minute.

Pour ‘gelatin paste’ into the saucepan and mix together.

Continue this process with the remaining gelatin until gravy reaches a desired consistency. 

Stir in choice of fat and allow to cool a bit before serving.

Note: this recipe is not as heavy as traditional gravy, but will thicken as it cools to room temp. 

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May all bellies be happy!

4 replies on “Thanksgiving Gravy ~ Starch-Free & B.E.D. Friendly”

Enough to make a paste. Thank you for catching that. I have updated the recipe to be easier to follow 🙂

Awesome! Sounds great!
Do you let the meat drippings cool so you can remove the fat first?

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