Vegan Potato Skins

While this post is about my awesome, simple vegan potato skins perfect for the big game, can we just talk for a minute about the big game that happened here this weekend in Minnesota?

If you didn’t catch it, the New Orleans Saints had the game all but locked up when they lost in the last play. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum threw a pass and Stefon Diggs caught it while avoiding the defender, running for a 61-yard touchdown. The play instantly became known as the Minnesota Miracle. The celebrations in my house, on TV and social media and in person the day’s to follow have been unreal.

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Could Minnesota be the first team to make it to the Super Bowl as the host? We won’t know until Sunday night following the NFC Championship game. Either way, I’ll be there for the food, and my vegan potato skins will be making an appearance.

This recipe came together in a lucky accident: Aaron and I were looking to use food we already had on hand to make snacks for the game. He suggested potato skins with cheese. I found green onions that we can’t remember what we bought them for, and suggested taking a little tempeh to make bacon crumbles.

With a little planning and not much hands-on time, the potato skins turned out great. It doesn’t take much in time or ingredients to make enough wedges to serve two, so we will be making these again with the leftover ingredients.

I used vegan cheese to make them vegan, but you can use whatever cheese you like, Vegan bacon made out of the tempeh add a little savoriness and texture.

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Vegan Potato Skins
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 30 minutes
Vegan potato skins recipe close | Kale and Ale
Vegan Potato Skins
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Crumble the tempeh into a bowl. Add the liquid smoke and enough soy sauce or liquid aminos to cover. Let it stand at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours before using.
  2. Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. Put the potatoes in the oven and bake until soft, around 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Cut in half and scoop out filling, leaving about 1/4 an inch of potato in from the skin. Drizzle olive oil on the skin side, place skin side up back in the oven and broil for five minutes. Flip it over, put oil on the flesh side and broil for five minutes.
  3. Put a small handful of cheese into each potato skin. Sprinkle the green onions in the skins. Put the potatoes back in the oven and broil for five minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. As the potatoes are baking, heat the vegetable oil in a skillet (I used cast iron to create a nice crunch) over medium heat. When warm, add the tempeh and any liquid, and sautee until crispy. Sprinkle on the skins. Cool and serve.
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Buffalo potato ‘wings’

potatobakeThese Buffalo potato ‘wings’ are incredible. It has some of my favorite foods: hot sauce, potatoes and cheese. And not a lot more. When I saw this dish, I said aloud, “Why didn’t I think of this?!?!” I would be jealous I didn’t think of it, but my mouth was drooling and my mind was racing about what ingredients I needed and how fast could I make this.

Other than baking for more than an hour to get the potatoes cooked through, this is a crazy easy dish to make, using very common ingredients. I used half russet potato and half sweet potato. I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe and the people I have shared it with that I know are into hot foods (yes, there is a group of us at work who bring spicy foods for one another to try) have saved the recipe to make in the future.

This miiiight be slightly better/more addictive than my breaded tofu wing bites.

Two other Buffalo-inspired dishes I plan to make soon include the spicy Buffalo cauliflower wings and these tofu hot wings.

Are you into hot foods? What is your favorite spicy vegetarian dish? If it doesn’t bring heat to my face or tears to my eyes, it’s just not hot enough!

Chickpea and potato hash

I was excited when I found this recipe for chickpea and potato has for a few reasons:

  • Simple
  • Basic ingredients I love
  • Perfect post-run nutritious, complete meal

This recipe really has it all. If you want to add cheese or substitute a spice other than curry, it would still hold up. If you don’t like a lot of curry, go with a little less than 1 tablespoon. If you like your food a little crisp (like me), add a few minutes to each step.

Chickpea and potato hash

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 2 cups finely chopped baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 4 large eggs

Directions

  1. Combine potatoes, spinach, onion, ginger, curry powder and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potato mixture and press into a layer. Cook, without stirring, until crispy and golden brown on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Fold in chickpeas and zucchini, breaking up chunks of potato, until just combined. Press back into an even layer. Carve out 4 “wells” in the mixture. Break eggs, one at a time, into a cup and slip one into each indentation. Cover and continue cooking until the eggs are set, 4 to 5 minutes for soft-set yolks.