Holiday Side Dish: Creamed Spinach and Parsnips

Creamed Spinach and Parsnips

  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance Margarine
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds small parsnips, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 cup vegan “chicken” broth
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Two 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1.      In a large, deep skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the Earth Balance in the oil. Add the parsnips and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and thyme and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer over low heat until the parsnips are tender, about 8 minutes.

2.      Stir spinach into to parsnips.

3.      In a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of Earth Balance and cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking, for 1 minute. Whisk in the soy milk and nutmeg, season with salt and pepper and bring the sauce to a boil, whisking until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir the sauce into the spinach and parsnips and bring to a simmer. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Holiday Recipes: Potato Latkes with Apple Sauce and Scallion Tofu Cream

Potato Latkes with Apple Sauce and Scallion Sour Cream

1 ½ lb red potatoes peeled and grated
¼ cup finely chopped scallions
2 “eggs” (use a powdered egg replacer like Ener-g)
2 T flour
1 ½ t salt and pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

Grate the potatoes and squeeze the liquid out of them.
In a bowl mix together the potatoes, flour, shallots, “eggs”, salt and pepper.
In a large skillet heat ¼ in of oil over medium high heat.
Drop heaping tablespoons of potato mixture and cook 3-4 minutes a side.
Place on a paper towel lined plate to drain. Serve immediately with applesauce and scallion sour cream


2 ½ lbs apples peeled and cored
3 T sugar
1 T lemon
3 T water

Combine everything in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat.
Cover and lower heat to a simmer, cook for 20 minutes.
Uncover and cook 30 minutes.

Scallion Sour Cream

5 scallions sliced, both greens and whites
1 package of lite silken tofu
1 T lemon juice
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon agave
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a blender of food processor, blend all tofu through salt together, then place in a bowl.
Stir in sliced scallions.

Cookbook Review: The New Vegan

Brussels Sprouts and Udon Noodles in Miso Sauce


I have been testing out some recipes from The New Vegan by Lorna Sass who is also the author of The New Soy Cookbook.  This book is a great introduction to vegan recipes, the first chapter features how to stock your vegan pantry.  The best thing about this cookbook is that there is a photo to go with almost every recipe.  For those of who have been cooking for years pictures are not so important but being a new cook or new to vegan cuisine it is great to have a photo reference to go with a recipe. 

I made the Brussels Sprouts and Udon Noodles in Miso Sauce from the book and it was delicious.  I love that this book features recipes from various cuisines in a way that is approachable for anyone.  This book although called the “New Vegan” is great for any level of cook and anyone interested in veganism/vegetarianism. 

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