Potatoes, Easy and Elegant

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.



Skillet Potato and Tempeh Hash

Skillet Potato Tempeh hash

A hearty vegan spin on a “meaty” classic, this skillet hash of potatoes and high-protein tempeh (embellished with bell pepper and kale) is as good served as a quick dinner as it is an offbeat and hearty breakfast. For breakfast or brunch, serve with fruit; add whole-grain bread for a heartier meal. For a quick dinner, serve with an abundant tossed salad, whole grain bread, and orange slices. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→


Curried Potatoes with Peas and Cashews

Curried potatoes with peas and cashews

Peas and cashews lend a subtle sweetness to this curried potato dish. Once you’ve got the just-done potatoes ready, the rest of the dish comes together in no time. For an enticing meal, serve with Couscous Pilaf with Apple and Dried Fruits, and pass around a spicy chutney for a nice touch. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→


Pizza Potatoes

Pizza Potatoes

Marinara sauce, melted vegan cheese, and simple steamed vegetables on a baked potato add up to an irresistible pizza-flavored 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→


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→


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 (canellini or Great Northern), 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.  more→


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→


Sweet and White Potato Casserole with Apples

Sweet and White Potato casserole with apples

This rich combination of white and sweet potatoes, subtly sweetened with apple, is perfectly suited your major comfort food cravings of the cool season. This is one of my favorite comfort food recipes (which was titled Les Trois Pommes), updated, from Vegetariana. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→