Cheesy Vegan Potato Casserole

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

This dish is a mashup of two of my favorite cheesy potato recipes, namely: Snarky Vegan’s Tater Tot Casserole with Daiya (which also inspired in me two different pizza pies, holla!) and my very own Cheesy Baked Potatoes. I had a bag of Yukon Gold potatoes that needed to be used up, but was craving a tater tot casserole, and voilĂ !: The Cheesy Vegan Potato Casserole was born.

Now to figure out how best to put this masterpiece on a pizza! (That’s the only way to improve upon a masterpiece, dontchaknow. EVERYTHING’S BETTER WITH PIZZA!)

Cheesy Vegan Potato Casserole

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Ingredients

salt
water
olive oil

1/2 onion (or an entire onion, if you prefer)
7 medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes (or the spudly equivalent)
4 cups mixed vegetables (we used a frozen mix of corn, carrots, green beans and Lima beans)
3 cups Daiya cheddar cheese (or the vegan cheese of your choice; for a healthier dish, sub in a nutritional yeast “cheeze” sauce)
1 package (12 slices) Lightlife Smart Bacon

3 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 cups soy milk

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Decadent Delight Muffins for a One-eyed Wiener Dog (Also: A Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole for His Humans)

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

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A freshly baked (quarter-) batch of Molly’s Decadent Delight Muffins sits on a small plate, behind which lurks two identical, plush reddish-brown wiener dogs. Only, the dog on the right is missing one eye (his right one, even!), along with the tip of his nose. One of the first three adopted dog-kids – Ralphie, Peedee or O-Ren – chewed them off years ago. Do we have a psychic in the pack, perchance?
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Friday night, I made a batch of Decadent Delight Muffins (recipe via Molly @ It’s a Vegan Dog’s Life – the meeter of at least 75% of my dog treat recipe needs!) for the dog-kids. I wanted to pamper them a little bit, since we had an especially rough week. But first treats, then kvetching!

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Perched on the back of the couch, Rennie stares into the kitchen, entranced by the unbaked muffins sitting on the countertop.
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Packed with flax seeds, shredded carrots, natural peanut butter and freshly made (somewhat fortuitously, as I just so happened to be brewing the final batch of the season) applesauce, these muffins are both healthy and delicious. (And vegan!) I much prefer baking my own dog treats over buying commercial brands because I know exactly what goes into each batch. Plus, they’re really very easy to make and store well in the freezer, if need be. (With five dogs, treats are eaten up pretty quickly round these parts!) Of course, the dogs also enjoy licking the spoons and bowls. And what better way to a dog’s heart than through her stomach? Five paws up!

Okay, so enough of the muffins. Let’s move on to the one-eyed wiener dog, shall we?

To Ralphie

Ralphie mosaic!
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Ralphie.

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