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.

Potato and Split Pea Curry

Ingredients

  • 5 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 small onions chopped
  • 1-2 hot peppers diced
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 3 TBSP minced ginger 
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½ tablespoons curry powder or garam masala (your preference)
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 8-10 medium potatoes chopped small (1/2 inch)
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced into thin slices
  • 2 cups split peas
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Process

Sauté onions, peppers, garlic, ginger, and spices in olive oil. When onions are soft add diced tomatoes, broth and split peas and let cook at a boil for 20 minutes. Add and carrots and potatoes and continue to cook at a soft boil until potatoes and peas are almost done. Add the tomato paste and coconut milk and cook for an additional five. Serve over rice. 

Crispy Potato Wedges


Guest post by Ms. theVeganAsana Jr.2

Potatoes often take a long time to bake, but they are worth it in the end. These potato wedges are simple and perfect with any condiment.

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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C)
  2. Wash potatoes and peel if desired
  3. Cut potatoes into wedges and lay them on a baking tray with the curved side on the tray (this means the potatoes will not have to be flipped while baking, making everything easier)
  4. Drizzle olive oil on top of the potato wedges
  5. Add seasonings such as salt, pepper, dill, italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin (I used salt, lots of dill, italian seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder)
  6. Put into oven and let bake for an hour, or until the potatoes are crispy, occasionally checking
  7. Enjoy alone or with a condiment such as ketchup, mashed avocado, or hummus!