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We are trying now to add more vegetarian and vegan recipes to our weekly menu. We are not vegetarian/vegans, but we enjoy eating Whole-grains, Legumes, veggies and fruits. So vegan dishes are something we like to eat.
I found this recipe on Vegweb.com
It turned out to be really delicious.
It required more time for preparation, but next time it will be easier to make it
My husband liked it too.

TATER TOTS VEGAN CASSEROLE

Note!
I doubled the recipe and baked it in a 9x13 pan (yellow pan from Wal-Mart)

INGREDIENTS

1 32 oz. bag Tater Tots
2 tablespoons Earth Balance (or other vegan butter)
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups plain soy milk
1 cup vegetable or mushroom broth ( I used my mushroom powder soup)
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon dry parsley (or 2 teaspoons fresh. I used a small bunch of fresh parsley)3 tablespoons cornstarch (you can also use more flour)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 Portobello mushroom ( I used 7 small cremini mushrooms)
1/2 onion, diced (I used 1 large onion)
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used 7 cloves)
2 cups ground crumbles or rehydrated TVP
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables ( I used 4 cups)

METHOD

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and add flour, stirring until a paste.
On medium- high heat, slowly add broth (mushroom broth) and then soy milk, a little at a time, using a whisk.

Add cornstarch 1 tablespoon at a time, while heating to boil, stirring constantly.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low, stirring as it thickens up a bit.
Taste, depending on the saltiness of your broth, you can add the optional 1 teaspoon salt or to your liking.
Note!


In a skillet, sauté the diced mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until soft.

Add the onions/mushrooms to the soup mixture along with your parsley.

Then, sauté the onion and garlic in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, till onions are clear.

Add the ground crumbles to the onions and heat the crumbles together with the onions.


In lightly sprayed/oiled 9x9 casserole dish, layer with:
1. Crumbles
2. Frozen vegetables
3. Mushroom soup
4. Top with Tater Tots.

Note!
You may want to add at the last 15 minutes some homemade vegan cheese sauce on top of the Tater Tots (I eliminated this step)
You can also top the Tater Tots with French fried onions (I eliminated this step)

Bake uncovered for about 45-60 minutes.

Note! Because I doubled the recipe, I added 20 minutes, in addition to the 60 minutes.

If it start to cook too quickly on top, cover with foil, but I have not had that problem.

Enjoy






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