I love root vegetables! Roasted up, yeah, that's the good stuff! These are made even better by brushing them with a delicious sauce that takes just a minute to whip up.
There's no sense in lying here, I'm a carb girl, through and through. Potatoes? Oh my God, yes! I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and I still wouldn't be sick of them. Especially these, they are phenomenal. Colcannon is an Irish mashed potato dish with greens, usually kale or cabbage, mixed in. It's comfort food made in a crock-pot- which ultimately makes life 100x better.
I enjoy developing new recipes and being able to tastes things I've never tried before, but I also love having a few "pocket" recipes that I can always count on. This is one of those pocket recipes. I came home from class and I could see in the sky that another Florida summer thunderstorm was about to roll through and I just thought nothing goes better with dreary weather than delicious soup. This soup is smoky with an underlining heartiness to it that will make you question it's plant-based ingredients. Are you sure there is no bacon in this? Yes, I'm sure.
I try and do my best to keep a variety of veggies in my diet but I must admit I don't eat all that much celery. When I get a head of it in my local co-op basket I accept that one or two stalks will be used and the rest will probably go out back for my rescue pigs to crunch on (yes, I have two rescue pigs- William and Mr. President- I'll post of picture of them below). This soup is really subtle in celery flavor, creamy and delicious. It's also super quick to whip up. Poor piggies aren't able to steal celery stalks when I make this though, since the recipe requires the whole head of celery. But the good news is, celery regenerates! Cut the head off the celery and plant it in some nutrient rich soil, give it lots of water, and in a couple of days new leaves and stalks will start to sprout up. This is exciting because, for starters, I'm obsessed with cultivating my own food, and because the piggies will always have a little snack home grown from the garden.
Oh man, can we talk about some mashed potato goodness for a moment? I mean. This is comfort food at it's finest, am I right? Nothing quite beats a big serving of creamy mashed potatoes. Now go ahead and spoon some delectable mushroom gravy over top. Oh yeah. Try and top that.
I'm not going to lie, I've made these potatoes two nights in a row, more than once. First off, I'm a potato kind of girl, I'm into my starches and carbs, what can I say? I have no shame about it either. I stand behind my philosophy of food. If you're eating whole, plant-based foods while being aware of appropriate portions, there should be no reason to obsess about calories, fats, or any of that other stuff. Just be intentional about your eating and all will be well.
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