Potatoes, Easy and Elegant

Mashed Potato Burritos

Vegan mashed potato burritos and southwestern kale salad

Once you’ve got cooked or baked potatoes ready and mashed, these tasty burritos come together quickly. Serve with a simple bean dish if you’d like extra protein, and a salad. Pictured here is Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad. Photos by Rachael Braun.  more→

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Tofu and Potato Hash Browns

tofu and potato hash browns

This is a simple, comforting dish that’s just as good for dinner as it is for brunch. Have potatoes cooked ahead of time, and this easy and tasty dish will have your family or guests eating in short order. Leftovers are wonderful for breakfast. Or, if you make this expressly to serve in the morning, you can either microwave or cook the potatoes the night before for a head start. Great accompaniments include Israeli Salad, orange slices, and fresh whole grain bread. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

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Potato and Black Bean Salad

Vegan Potato and black bean salad


If salads aren’t your thing, try this one, which may change your mind. Potatoes add comfort, and black beans add flavor and protein. The potatoes and beans synergize nicely in this offbeat salad, embellished with artichokes and bell peppers. The liquid from the artichoke hearts provides lots of flavor. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Pizza Potatoes

Pizza Potatoes

Marinara sauce, melted vegan cheese, and simple steamed vegetables on a baked potato add up to an irresistable pizza-flavor vegetable dish. Potatoes make for a healthy “crust” that’s low in fat and naturally gluten-free. The kids will love this! Vary the vegetable toppings as you’d like. Try peppers, onions, artichokes, and other favorite pizza veggies. Photo by Rachael Braun. more→

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Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes recipe

This delicious take on baked potatoes is gorgeous to look at as well. Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, these are flavored with a lemon garlic dijon vinaigrette. Recipe and photos contributed by Lisa Goldfinger of Panning the Globe. more→

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Silken Tofu or White Bean Scalloped Potatoes

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Here’s a deceptively rich-tasting version of scalloped potatoes. It’s made with a creamy sauce of silken tofu or white beans, minus the bother of making a flour-thickened white sauce. Simple and comforting, it’s a great everyday dish, especially if you have your potatoes prepared beforehand. Serve with a green veggie and colorful salad. It’s also a nice addition to a holiday meal, for which it can function as a main dish for the vegans and a side dish for everyone else. more→

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Roasted Potatoes with Bell Peppers and Onions

Roasted potatoes with bell peppers and onions recipe

This is a perfect accompaniment to Barbecue-Flavored Tofu Nuggets, and conveniently, they both bake at 425 degrees. Oven-roasting brings the best flavors out in veggies, so this needs only gentle seasoning. If you’re making the tofu nuggets as suggested, round out the meal with a simple salad or coleslaw. more→

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Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie

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There are no words to describe this other than as a deep dish of absolute comfort. Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. It’s a bit of a project, but not difficult, and definitely worth it for a special occasion meal. Photo by Susan Voisin of FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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