Something I’ve been trying to work on recently is using up leftover things in the fridge. I feel like we are more wasteful than we should be, so I figured all I really needed is to be more creative. Last week went well! I only had to throw out a last bit of tomato that went manky. Earlier in the week, I had opened up a large container of vegan cream of mushroom soup to make some Mushroom Pasta and had almost half of it leftover. I also had some potatoes that needed using up so I wanted to think of a way to combine them. Enter Mushroom Potato Bake! I also added some crumbled tempeh bacon, this is an optional step, but it really adds some oomph.
Mushroom Potato Bake (serves 4ish)
4 small white potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced into discs
Take your potatoes and layer them in a 9×12 glass baking dish.
Creamy Mushroom Sauce
1 1/2 cups of vegan cream of mushroom soup (I used Imagine Creamy Portobello Soup)
1 tbsp of brown rice flour (or flour of choice – just used to thicken it a bit)
2 tbsp of nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp each of dried garlic, onion & paprika
1/4 tsp of oregano
1 cup of thinly sliced mushrooms
1 large stalk of celery, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 375. Mix the soup, flour and spices in a medium mixing bowl with a whisk. Add the mushrooms & celery and stir to combine. Pour over the potatoes. cover the baking dish loosely with tin foil and bake for 25 minutes. While this cooks, make your tempeh bacon.
8 oz package of tempeh, crumbled
2 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tsp of maple syrup
a few splashes of liquid smoke
a pinch each of dried garlic & paprika
Mix everything together and allow it to marinate while the potatoes bake. Once the potatoes have cooked for 25 minutes, remove the tin foil and add the prepared crumbled tempeh and bake uncovered for another 20 minutes.
If you don’t add the tempeh bacon, just uncover after 25 minutes and bake uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, testing the softness of the potatoes with a fork. We enjoyed ours with some sautéed veggies.
Are you all ready for V-Day tomorrow? We’re not doing much, just a nice meal & dessert at home.