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    Roasted New Potato & Arugula Salad

    Happy Monday guys, I finally had a little time to do some recipe planning and cooking and I’ve got one of them to share today.

    Last week after I got home from Cali was such a whirlwind. I mean, I really enjoyed being busy and then skiing over the weekend because the season is getting close to over and it might be one of the last times. The fact that we’re getting a ton of snow now has us all surprise/not surprised because we had those few weeks at the beginning of the month where all the snow was melting off and we were wondering about an early Spring. Apparently that’s too good to be true up here. I should have known, but a girl can hope right?

     

    Okay, I have to ask you, are there any foods that you get made fun of for liking? My family makes fun of me for the brussels sprouts. Would someone please tell me that they also like them.

    Hey, it’s totally in a teasing way and that’s what you do with close friends and family. It’s part of the deal. My younger sister has a bit of a mayo obsession and we all like to tease her when she makes sandwiches by asking if she’d like some bread with her mayonnaise. She typically comes back with a nonchalant and positive response. Super cools about it. So the other day when I was getting all the typical comments about my brussels sprouts I decided to get over it and just own it like she does. I’ll be over here eating my brussels with mayo girl, thank you very much.

    Speaking of mayo, that’s something that didn’t make it into this potato salad. I think it’s great that it’s my sister’s thing, but personally I’m not a huge fan of it. I thought some of you might also enjoy a version of potato salad hold the mayo so for this salad we’re going extra basic, just olive oil. Maybe add a little balsamic vinegar on top if you like the flavor.

    I realized this makes the perfect in between-seasons-salad. It’s awesome because sometimes during the winter and early Spring I’ll be craving a salad but I want something warm and cozy also. Or maybe during the Spring you want something on the fresh side, but you’re not in the mood for a completely raw salad. It’s a happy medium because you can serve it warm, room temp, or even cold, but for me the best way to have it is right in the middle by serving the roasted brussels and potatoes with everything else at room temp.

    Another random question, does it make you really weird if salad for breakfast is a typical thing for you? ‘Cause there are many days when the first thing I want during the day is a salad rather than something on the sweet side or a heavy meal. I’m going to own this one too, give me my salad. Don’t get me wrong though, ya girl loves her chocolate and popular breakfast foods too. I’m thinking pancakes or waffles need to happen soon actually.

    Alright, but for today’s recipe it’s really simple guys. All you have to do is prep the potatoes and brussels sprouts and get them roasting in the oven while you gather all the other ingredients for the salad to toss together. So my mom has this thing for buying fancy cheeses for “later” and then forgetting about them and we all have to laugh at it because it’s not uncommon for a block of it that’s turned into a science experiment to be found in the fridge. (Another example of why having a big family to laugh at you and with you is hilarious.) Anyway, she got some Boursin cheese probably a few months ago and I’ve been eying it in the fridge until I finally decided to add it to this salad before it went bad.

    I’m glad I did because it adds the perfect finishing touch and made this salad a little more inviting to everyone. By the way though, if you’ don’t eat dairy just skip adding it and the rest is dairy free. Oh, and if you aren’t a fan of the sprouts either, that’s okay, we can still be friends. Just replace them with a veggie you do enjoy like broccoli or cauliflower.

    Roasted New Potato & Arugula Salad

    Looking for the perfect "It's not quite warm enough for salad" type of salad? This one just might work for you. It's simple, easy, and adaptable to fit your taste.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes
    Servings 4 servings

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound brussels sprouts trimmed and sliced in half
    • 1 pound new potatoes washed and halved
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
    • 3 cloves garlic minced
    • salt and pepper
    • 3 cup fresh arugula greens
    • 1/2 cup toasted pecans chopped

    Instructions

    1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200C) and line a baking tray with foil. Toss the potatoes, brussels sprouts, garlic, and 1 tablespoon olive oil together in a large bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour them out onto the pan and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes until browned and tender-crisp, stirring once or twice through cooking.
    2. While the veggies are roasting, Toss together the arugula and pecans. When the the potatoes and brussels are finished cooking, remove from oven and cool for at least 5 minutes, then gently toss them into the bowl with the rest of the salad and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. You can either serve immediately while still warm, or allow it to reach room temperature, or even chill if you'd like.

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    Irish “Cheddar” Potato Soup (Vegan+GF)

    Are you feeling lucky today?

    I’m feeling pretty lucky but it has more to do with deliciousness than leprechauns and clovers. I have to say that I’ve never really gotten the whole St. Patrick’s day thing but it is fun to have a theme to go with.

    So what exactly makes this soup Irish? Um, actually I don’t know. I mean, it’s got potatoes so doesn’t that automatically make it count. Hmmm, that sounds kind of discriminating. I bet the Irish get annoyed by everyone thinking they live on potatoes. I’ve live in Idaho for years now and I can’t tell you how many people have asked me if we ate a lot of potatoes. It’s very annoying, let me tell you.

    It is almost shamrock day though, and I don’t want you to feel like I’m a party pooper so we’re sticking with the name. Even though it is basically just a really good loaded potato soup.

    This is one of my new go-tos for dinner. In fact, it was such a hit the first time that I went through the effort of remaking it and taking a second set of pictures because remember how I said my SD card died? Well I lost the first set.

    I love how easy it is, well compared to most of the meals that I make. You see, I do so much from scratch, like everything. When I make soups like this I always start by making the stock, which adds an hour, and then there are no short-cuts here as far as ingredients. Every veggie is fresh and needs to be washed and peeled and chopped and what not. Add to these things the fact that I do the cooking for 12 people now and you’ll understand why I enjoy making things in one pot.

    Anyway, this soup is simple, easy, and a winner every time and I really hope you make it and enjoy it.

    Irish Cheddar Potato Soup (Vegan)

    Satisfy your cravings for comfort food with this creamy, savory, loaded potato soup!

    Ingredients

    • 5 large or 10 small red skin potatoes (peeled if desired), cut into cubes
    • 1 quart vegetable broth
    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 4 stalks celery finely chopped
    • 1 medium onion finely chopped
    • 1 cup broccoli florets roughly chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic minced
    • 1/4 cup almond meal/flour
    • 1 teaspoon fresh dill or 1/2 dried
    • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/2 dried
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 1/2 cup sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree
    • 2 cups unflavored plant-based milk I used almond
    • 2 tablespoons worchestershire *see note
    • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke optional
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 3/4 cup vegan cream cheese
    • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast or more to taste
    • salt and black pepper to taste

    Optional Toppings

    • chopped green onions
    • shredded non-dairy cheese
    • "bacon bits"

    Instructions

    1. Combine potatoes, celery, onion, broccoli, garlic, and oil in a medium or large pot or dutch oven and saute, stirring often, for about 10 minutes until browned. Add the almond meal to pot along with dill, thyme, and garlic powder and stir over heat to toast the almond for about 2 minutes.
    2. Add the broth, pumpkin (or sweet potato), worchestershire, smoke, and lemon then reduce heat to medium. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

    3. Reduce heat to low and measure out about 3 cups of the soup in a glass measuring cup. Pour into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth then return to pot to add creaminess. (Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender and simply puree part of the soup as desired.)
    4. Stir in milk, "cream cheese", nutritional yeast, and season to taste with salt and pepper then turn off heat.

    5. Serve hot topped with crumbled "bacon", cheese, and green onions.

    Recipe Notes

    Be sure to use a brand of worchestershire sauce that you've checked the ingredients because most worchestershires contain anchovy. Annie's makes a good one.

    For the "bacon" bits I used the bacon bits fromΒ this taco salad recipe.