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One Potato . . . Two Potato January 26, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Less IS More, Vegetarian Recipes.

IMGP3283bIn our recent effort to shift to a more whole food plant based diet (and lessen our reliance on C~H~E~E~S~E), we’ve put our Slow Cooker to good use this week ~ making Split Pea Soup, Vegetarian Chili, Vegetable Soup with Farro, and . . .

Yesterday, I realized I had 4 onions and 3 pounds of spuds screaming for attention.

I peeled and diced the potatoes and sliced the onions and tossed them in the slow cooker with diced carrot and celery.

I left the slow cooker to do its thing while I flipped through recipes to find a few to suit the spudsy base.  

I selected three ~ a veritable potage à trois!

* Potato Curry
* Tattie Soup
* Hash Browns / Home Fries

Once the potatoes and onions were cooked, I reserved 2/3 of the base for the soup and hash browns, then added a bag of peas, some cooked brown rice, 2 tbsp. of curry powder, and 2 cups of vegetable broth to the slow cooker and set it to simmer, low and slow.

I served the fragrant and hearty Potato Curry for dinner last night with a sprinkling of peanuts and raisins on top.  Yummy!

Today (a chilly day), Tattie Soup will be a hit for lunch and a breeze to fix: heat 4 cups of vegetable broth, add cooked potatoes, onions, carrots, and celery.  Bring the mixture to a simmer. Smash the tatties with a hand masher.  Done!

While the soup is heating, we’ll fry up some home fries for the side.

And we’re not the only ones groaning with delight.  Our freezer is a happy camper, stocked with assorted ready-to-go meals on its shelves ~ pea soup, baked ziti, veggie-farro soup, vegetarian chili, potato curry, and tattie soup.

Aah . . . that’s better! 


1. Don - January 26, 2014

It all sounds so tasty. I’m coming for dinner.

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

Come awa’!

2. Pix Under the Oaks - January 26, 2014

I was wondering about Tattie Soup.. 😀 I could probably give up cheese but I would be missing good old pizza. Lots of other things to stick on top but I’d miss it.

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

I don’t think we’re going to give up pizza yet. But we’re going to eat more low fat high flavor vegan meals between pies. 😀

Pix Under the Oaks - January 26, 2014

CH discovered MorningStar Farms Original ‘Sausage’ patties and he is a happy guy.. 🙂 I like them too, better than the pig kind.. 😀

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

We use those on top of pizza sometimes. And I agree with you ~ better than piggie sausage!

3. Tammy - January 26, 2014

Missed the part about letting go of the cheese. Am doing the same!

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

We haven’t decided to be 100% vegan (life is too short to aim for “perfection”), but we’re eating more meals that don’t rely on dairy products. And we’re also cutting out reliance on packaged processed meal in favor of low fat high flavor meals made from whole food.

4. totsymae1011 - January 26, 2014

I trying to go back vegetarian. I felt so much better when this was part of my lifestyle. Food looks yum over here.

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

Yes. I feel better when we build our meals around lots of fruits, veggies, and grains. We’d gotten a bit “lazy” about reaching for high fat processed meals ~ like Mac & Cheese ~ when we didn’t feel like cooking. That’s why we decided to stock the freezer with ready-to-go foods that are good eats!

5. katecrimmins - January 26, 2014

Never met a potato I didn’t like. But then again, the only cheese I don’t like has blue in it.

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

I love cheese and don’t plan to eliminate it from all meals, but we were eating way too much dairy. We’ll still enjoy pizza, grilled cheese, mac & cheese, etc. . . . just less often.

6. granny1947 - January 26, 2014

I’m not a vegetarian but that sounds so yummy!

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

Thanks, Kathy. When we transitioned to a vegetarian diet, we had lots of FUN transforming meat dishes into meat-less dishes. Ethnic cuisine offers so many meatless meal options that everyone will love ~ curries, stir fries, chili, pasta, rice, potatoes, beans. It’s a blast playing around with flavor combos.

granny1947 - January 26, 2014

I think I could be vegetarian although I DO like a nice steak.
I love veggies and have withdrawal symptoms if I don’t get them regularly.

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

Finding the right balance is key. That’s what we’re trying to do right now with the cheese issue ~> eating mostly vegan meals while enjoying the occasional cheese pizza with no guilt.

7. Geraldine - January 26, 2014

yummmm…love potatoes all ways. 😉

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

Filling, versatile, nutritious, delicious, economical, low fat, high fiber. Potatoes rock!

8. Geraldine - January 26, 2014

PS: I am a vegetarian, have been for 20 years. It’s easy and delish, if you like to cook. 🙂

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

I love to cook . . . when I’m in the mood to cook. That’s why I freeze leftovers so we have lots of ready-to-go meals on days when I just want to get something in our tummies without cooking.

9. Eric Tonningsen - January 26, 2014

Good ‘stuff.’ Good for us. The only spud missing is the sweet one, baked and then drizzled in olive oil.

Sorry, got lost in my own little world there. 🙂

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

Baked sweet potatoes are Fab Food, indeed. We like ours with a drizzle of maple syrup.

10. sufilight - January 26, 2014

Nancy, This post is in perfect timing for me because I have been thinking of trying pressure cooking. You have motivated me to give this a try!

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

Experimenting in the kitchen is Fun Stuff! Good luck.

11. colonialist - January 26, 2014

Hmmm. Where’s my fish and chips and roasts and grills? 🙂

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

I’m guessing they’re in your just-defrosted fridge. 😀

12. Booksphotographsandartwork - January 26, 2014

Yum, yum! I wish I lived next door! I love potatoes. I will have to try some of those recipes. Thank you very much for posting them.

nrhatch - January 26, 2014

The potato curry has been a real treat. Very warming on a chilly day. Hope you enjoy!

13. Behind the Story - January 26, 2014

Your potato curry sounds delicious. I love something all ready to eat. I need to follow your example and stock my freezer.

nrhatch - January 27, 2014

It’s great having prepared meals in the freezer for nights when cooking holds less appeal than eating. Have fun stocking yours.

14. Three Well Beings - January 27, 2014

You had me at potatoes and onions! All three of your potato options sound fantastic to me! I like the idea of using the slow cooker. You’ve set my mind to thinking what I might cook up. You’ve given me an appetite for soup! 🙂

nrhatch - January 27, 2014

Yay! I’m making a vegetarian paella in the slow cooker today. I love to “set it and forget it” and find a hot delicious meal waiting at the end of the day. Have fun!

15. jannatwrites - January 27, 2014

Potatoes and onions – how could that not be yummy? 🙂 I like the idea of utilizing the slow cooker. We have one, but I never seem to remember it early enough in the day to use it.

nrhatch - January 27, 2014

When I had to leave EARLY for work, I would set up ingredients in the slow cooker the night before and leave it in the fridge. In the morning, I just set the pot on the base and turned it on.

Before we switched to a vegetarian diet, an EASY favorite was a pound of boneless chicken and a jar of spaghetti sauce. When we got home, we’d cook spaghetti noodles for “chicken parm.”

16. diannegray - January 27, 2014

Nom nom nom – now I’m hungry 😀

nrhatch - January 27, 2014

Come for dinner! Tonight is Veggie Paella (spicy), Crusty Cuban Bread, and Fresh Watermelon.

diannegray - January 27, 2014

Yum – I’ll be there! 😀

nrhatch - January 27, 2014

It was FABULOUS ~ just the right mix of heat and spice. Food is one of life’s simple pleasures.

17. Grannymar - January 27, 2014

Come live with me… no dairy allowed here! I like the sound of spuds a la Nancy and I’ll be giving them a try,

nrhatch - January 27, 2014

Yay! The potato curry is a new favorite. Tattie soup is an old fave. Hope you’ll enjoy them both.

I’m finding vegan eating to be a culinary delight. We haven’t missed cheese at all . . . but we haven’t given it up for good. We’ll still enjoy the occasional pizza.

Grannymar - January 27, 2014

As my mammy used to say: A little of what you fancy, does you good!

nrhatch - January 27, 2014

Yo mammy be wize! 😀

18. bluebee - February 2, 2014

Do you get celeriac in your part of the world, Nancy?

nrhatch - February 2, 2014

I think we can get it, but don’t know that I have tried it. I gave it a quick google and don’t think I’ve ever had one in my kitchen. Sounds like an intriguing veggie ~ a cross between celery and parsley

bluebee - February 2, 2014

Layered slice potato alternated with layered sliced celeriac, salt & white pepper, baked in a bit of stock is quite delicious (I use milk or cream as stock, and also throw in some grated cheese, but seeing as you are trying to cut down on the cheese, this won’t do – it would work as well with a little veg stock and maybe some grated cauliflower)

nrhatch - February 2, 2014

That sounds yummy, BB. I love Au Gratin Potatoes with a bit of celery. I’ll keep my eyes open and see if I bump into any celeriac. If I do, I’ll give it a try.

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