Potatoes, Easy and Elegant

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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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes laced with smoky-flavored roasted garlic adds a big yum factor to a comforting classic. No worries if you’re a bit shy of garlic — roasting garlic makes it much mellower and sweeter.
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Fingerling Potato Fries

Fingerling potato fries

Here’s a quick and clever way to make potato fries without a lot of peeling and cutting. Fingerling potatoes, if you are not familiar with them, are small potatoes with a long, narrow shape—hence their name. They come in several varieties; I like to use organic golden fingerlings like Russian Banana. These are ready, from start to finish, in about 20 minutes.  more→

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Mashed White and Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato sliced

Mashed potatoes, the classic comforting side dish, is made even better with the addition of sweet potato. It adds extra flavor, color, nutrition. This is great on its own, but for an even cozier dish, consider making Easy Mushroom Gravy for topping individual portions.

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Winter Potato and Lentil Stew

lentil and potato stew

Here’s a simple, basic stew of potatoes and lentils that gets its kick from a cool coconut yogurt dressing that’s passed around for topping. Serve with a crusty bread or fresh flatbread and a colorful kale salad for a nice cold-weather meal.

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Potatoes with Tofu and Green Chilies

Potato and tofu with green chilies casserole

Here’s a casserole of potatoes and tofu, laced with green chilies —hot or mild, as you prefer. Both comforting and invigorating, this is good served with refried beans or other simple bean dish, and a colorful salad. more→

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Roasted Potatoes with Black Olives

Rosemary roasted potatoes with black olives

Here’s a simple way to bring out great flavor in roasted potatoes. Roasted potatoes are always a treat no matter what; the olives add little bursts of flavor in every bite, and rosemary adds a distinctive flavor. more→

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Extra Tasty Mashed Potatoes

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This terrific alternative to the classic mashed potatoes with peas on the side eliminates chasing peas around the plate. Leftovers, if there are any, are good in other recipes such as Potato Balls, Dave’s Stuffed Mushrooms, or they can be fried for breakfast. Excerpted from Dating Vegans: Recipes for Relationshipsby Anne Dinshah. Published by American Vegan Society, © 2012. Reprinted by permission. more→

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