Beans bourguignon

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This is a great dish for a cold (and as it turns out, snowy) winter night! I started off by thinly slicing white mushrooms, and then sautéing them in olive oil until they were browned and juicy.

After the mushrooms were done, they got to hang out on a plate while I made the rest of the stew. I added diced onions, carrots, and red pepper to the pan to soften slightly. Next I added some veggie stock, dried thyme, and tomato paste, and then covered the pot to simmer for several minutes. I skipped the bay leaf last night, having learned from my mom that husbands tend not to enjoy when the leaf ends up in their bowl!

When the veggies were soft, I added red kidney beans and red wine, again letting everything simmer together for a few minutes. Cornstarch dissolved in water makes the sauce thick, and the mushrooms add a little extra “meatiness” in addition to some yummy juices. It was perfect served over some wide noodles and accompanied by a slice of homemade bread. I’m not sure I ever had the beef version of this dish in my pre-veggie days, but I can’t imagine it would be any yummier than this vegan version!

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Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms and Vegan Sausage

Jon is officially spoiled (ahem…”well taken care of”:-)). In addition to making dinner for him almost every night, he got a homemade breakfast this morning, a departure from his normal yogurt and granola.

Onions and Potatoes Sauteing

Onions and Potatoes Sauteing with Rosemary and Pepper

I decided to make a breakfast casserole bake, so started off sauteing onions and garlic (even breakfast starts with onion and garlic for me). I added in some diced potatoes, mushrooms, rosemary, Celtic sea salt, and fresh ground pepper. I had some leftover Mexican Chipotle vegan sausage in the freezer, so chopped it up and added it for a little spicy kick. After cooking everything together for a few minutes, it all went into one of my favorite casserole dishes to bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Topped with a little bit of vegan cheese and served with freshly brewed coffee, it was a perfect way to start a Sunday morning!

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole...a Great Start to a Sunday Morning!