Purple Potato and Broccoli Casserole

I have a tiny obsession with purple potatoes. They are so pretty! And they taste good (because… potato) and have more nutrients than an average white or yellow potato.

Tonight, as I looked through the fridge, I decided that I wanted to do something with the purple potatoes, the broccoli, the baby bella mushrooms, and some vegan bacon. So, I did! This recipe would be really easy to “un-vegan” if you wanted to make it for omnivores!

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 package of vegan bacon, sliced into 1/3 inch slices (I used SweetEarth Benevolent Bacon – post not sponsored – I purchased this via Imperfect Foods – my link)
  • 1 large or 2 small onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 pint of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 8-12 purple potatoes, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of vegan cheese shreds (I used Follow Your Heart)
  • 2 large heads broccoli, cut with 1/2 of stem remaining on the florets – you can absolutely skip the broccoli if you aren’t feeling it!

Process

  • Drizzle some olive oil into a LARGE skillet.
  • Sauté the bacon until nice and crispy and either push to the side of the skillet (away from most of the heat) or set aside.
  • Sauté the onions in the same pan, which now has some of the bacon flavoring. Add a little more olive oil or cooking spray as needed. Allow to cook until soft and beginning to caramelize. Either push to the side by the bacon or set aside.
  • Sauté the mushrooms until cooked well and maybe even a bit crispy in parts.
  • Now put the onions, bacon, and mushrooms all in a bowl or two because it’s potato time.
  • Start your oven preheating to 375*
  • This next part is time consuming, I admit, but I think it made it better. If you want to skip this step, you probably could.
  • Put 1 layer of potato slices in the skillet and cook on each side until they brown and crisp up some. Repeat until all potatoes are done.
  • Using a 9×13 casserole pan, layer potatoes, onions, bacon, mushrooms twice. If you have people in your house who won’t eat mushrooms, like I do, you can cook them off to one side of the pan. They will still take on some bacon flavor and add a little umami to the rest of the dish. And then the mushroom lovers get all of them!
  • Add your broccoli florets on top in a layer. Spray lightly with cooking spray or olive oil.
  • Chuck the whole thing in the oven and let it cook until the broccoli is done. This may take about 30-40 minutes. I put a pan of water next to the casserole to generate a little steam and help keep the broccoli from getting too crispy.

This was voted an A+ by all members of the household, and that’s saying something! So, we’ll be doing it again.

Vegan Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

We recently started using Imperfect Foods, which is great because it sends me vegetables and fruits that I didn’t plan to get, and then once I do, I think about what to make with them! Last night, it was this rich and delicious soup.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 head cauliflower, broken up
  • 2 bunches broccoli or broccolini, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 qt veg broth
  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped roughly
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Process

Sauté onions and carrots in butter until carrots start to soften.

Add flour and stir until vegetables are coated and no lumps remain.

Add broth and milk and whisk or stir to be sure butter and flour are distributed.

Add cauliflower and broccoli and cook until tender.

Using an immersion blender (or regular blender with top vented), blend to desired level of smoothness.

Add kale, salt, and pepper and simmer until kale is tender.

Serve with fresh bread.

Not Really a Recipe – Roasted Veggies

This is one of my favorite fall dishes, though it’s not much of a recipe!

Ingredients

2 large potatoes 
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 bunches broccoli
2 carrots
1 pepper (green, red, or orange)
2 onions
11/2 cup sundried tomatoes
1/3 cup olive oil
sea salt
peppercorn

Process

Chop all veggies to bite sized (remove skin if desired).  You can add in others if they are handy and sound good.  Mix in oil and seasoning.  Pour into a large baking dish (I like cooking this in a stone roasting pan) and place in oven at 450* and cook for 30 minutes (turn veggies in pan every 10 minutes or so for even roasting).  Add foil over pan and cook and additional 20 minutes or until done. Good hot or as leftovers cold in salads or wraps.  Yummy!