erica_the_vegan (erica_the_vegan) wrote in vegancooking,

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Tonight for dinner, my mom and I made the "Ultimate Shepherd's Pie" from Vegan Planet. It turned out pretty well! There's also a picture of a really tasty energy bar called a Bumble Bar. :)

Mum peeled and sliced a sweet potato and several yukon gold potatoes and boiled them in salted water with a couple cloves of garlic. Then she mashed them with electric mixers with soymilk, margarine (the recipe suggested olive oil), salt and pepper. They were such a nice orange color! While she was doing this, I was at the grocery store picking up a few other ingredients we needed.

She sauteed an onions and a carrot together until the onions were translucent, while I chopped up four ounces of white mushrooms and ground up about 1/4 cup of walnuts in the blender. We added the mushrooms and ground walnuts, along with about a cup of vegetarian vegetable broth, a couple dashes of soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. We then added a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a couple tablespoons of cold water and added it to the simmering veggies and sauce. It thickened right up and started to look like vegetables in a rich gravy.

Then we added (I think a little more than) 1/2 cup of frozen green peas and maybe 2 cups of Morningstar Farms veggie burger crumbles. The recipe calls for 3 thawed and chopped soy burgers. It seemed a little dry, so we added a little more vegetable broth and seasoned it to taste. We put the contents of this pan into an oiled 2-quart baking dish, spread the mashed potatoes on top, sprinkled with paprika, and drizzled the top with olive oil before putting it into the oven. When it began to bubble nicely around the edges, we took it out.

This is what it looked like right out of the oven.

And this is what it looked like on my plate. I had a second helping, because it was quite good. :)

This is a snack bar that I got as a stocking stuffer. It's organic, gluten-free, and vegan. It's basically toasted sesame seeds and nuts with a bit of cinnamon and sweetener - it's very simple food, but it was really, really tasty. It's not fortified with anything, yet it manages to be very nutritious. You can order them online - $15 for 15 bars, if you order before December 31st! The website claims that they were aired four times on the Food Network as one of the best snack bars on the planet. I'm inclined to agree. Get them here -

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