I've never really minded winter in the past, but last year something clicked inside of me and I am not enjoying the cold like I used to.
Fortunately, it is easy to warm up with a bowl of good old fashioned comfort foods.
I really need to go shopping, so when dinner time rolled around last night I wasn't sure what to make. I wanted something fast, comforting and of course, healthy. Well, actually I wanted a big bowl of Caramelized Garlic Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, but decided on something healthier to fit into my 400 calorie mini meal allowance. I'm sure glad I did because these turned out delicious and just as satisfying.
hummus or even just more mashed white beans and add more spices/soy sauce to taste in the final recipe. You could also use my Smoky Pimento Cheese spread with wonderful results.
All Purpose White Bean Dip
- 2 c white beans, drained
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 10 cloves garlic
- Pinch Salt
- 2 T olive oil, divided
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- ½ t rosemary
- ½ t thyme
- ½ c sauerkraut, drained
- ½ t lemon zest
- ¼ c lemon juice
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 t Tony’s Creole Seasoning ( less if using canned beans)
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 2 T fresh parsley chopped
- Over low heat add 1 T oil to cast iron pan, Caramelize the onion, garlic with the dry spices and a pinch of salt; When the mixture looks dry, add the balsamic vinegar and continue cooking for at least 10 minutes. This step will take 20 minutes at least.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to a food processor and mix until spread is a creamy texture. Stir in parsley.
- Taste and adjust seasoning
Kicked Up Colcannon
- 4 medium waxy potatoes, microwaved for 10 minutes
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 6 c chopped green cabbage
- ½ t rubbed sage
- ¼ t thyme
- ¼ t rubbed sage (not powdered)
- 1 c white bean spread
- 3 T soy sauce
- 3 T nutritional yeast
- ½ c plain soy yogurt
- 2 c mashed white beans
- 2 T earth balance, olive oil or coconut oil
- Lots of ground pepper
- Soymilk or veggie broth if needed
- Salt or Tony’s Creole Seaoning to taste
- ½ t chipotle powder or smoked paprika if desired
- Parsley for garnish
- Prick potatoes with a fork, microwave for 10 minutes.
- Caramelize the onions in a large skillet with 1 T of the Earth Balance
- Add the cabbage and spices, turn heat up to medium and cook for 10 minutes
- Mix the white bean spread with soy sauce, nutritional yeast and soy yogurt
- Add the bean mixture to the veggie mix
- At this point, your potatoes are cooked and cool enough to chop, Chop them and add them to the pan
- Heat potatoes through, mash well with a fork ( or if you want a creamy texture, put everything in a food processor )
- Stir in last T of Earth Balance. If mixture is dry add milk or stock. Season with salt/pepper and chipotle/smoked paprika and garnish with parsley
Next time, I'm making a double batch and using it to top some Lentil Shepherd's Pie. Oh yeah! You could also play around the with greens, using kale, collards or chard and sub half sweet potato for a delicious twist.
Do you have any favorite comfort food recipes you'd like to see fruganized?