Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Night Comfort Food

It's a tense night tonight.  We're big Obama fans in this house, so we're huddled around CNN right now.  Even the boys are cheering every time a "blue" projection comes in.

I wanted some comfort food tonight- and a lot of vegetables.  So here's what I made:

I put some homegrown carrot chunks in a baking dish with some maple syrup, Earth Balance, ground coriander, celery seed, and salt and pepper.  I baked these with a lid on until they were tender and fragrant.  One boy scarfed these up without any "Oh, I don't like carrots that much" complaint.  The other boy needed some extra onion and sage gravy before consenting to eat them.  

I'm a big fan of super quick tempeh sausage crumbles made in the cast iron skillet.  With fennel, thyme, smoked paprika, cumin, and Bragg's, this is some seriously flavorful tempeh.  I just topped the hot sausage with shredded lacinato kale from the garden and it had enough residual heat to wilt the kale just perfectly.  Yum!

The mashed potatoes turned out really well.  I boiled about 5 lbs. of red potatoes and then whipped them with a cup of plain soy yogurt, some almond milk, chopped green onions, salt, and pepper.  I love the combo of yogurt and green onions, especially in mashed potatoes!  

We'll be breaking out the gluten-free almond blondies later tonight- perhaps in celebration!


Zoey said...

Hi Liz,

Your dinner sounds delicious!

beastmomma said...

I hope that you enjoyed the blondies; it was such a wonderful night!!!!

allularpunk said...

celebration blondies indeed! we won we won!

and that sounds like seriously awesome dinner. soy yogurt in mashed potatoes!? totally fabulous. i'm doing this next time i mush up some tatos.

and i still have yet to make tempeh sausage crumbles. it sounds easy and delicious, so i am on board!

For the Love of Guava said...

mmm... those home grown carrots are impressive looking and yogurt is such a good tip for making mashed taters creamy... thanks!

nonnie said...

ok, let's get over the celebrating! and get back with the food blogging cause you're behind love ya anyway, nonnie

Liz² said...

oh, that comfort food sounds fabulous, I *love* the spices you used!