[Editor’s Note- you will first need to prepare the Umami Sauce Redux – recipe below – to use in the gravy.]
Umami is one of the five basic tastes, though many people are only learning about it now. The word was created by a Japanese chemist named Kikunae Ikeda from umai, which means “delicious,” and mi, which means “taste.” This new and improved umami sauce is perfect in sautés or stir-fries to boost flavor without adding the sodium of salt or soy sauce.
Makes 1 and 1/4 cups
Excerpted from The How Not to Diet Cookbook: 100+ Recipes for Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger. Copyright © 2020 by Michael Greger. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved. Photography by Antonis Achilleos.