Sunday, April 10, 2011

Comforting Sweet Potato Casserole

Ah, Sunday.  I'm lounging in my new robe, watching Chopped, and feeling lucky to be surrounded by so much love.  Some sad news got my weekend off to a rough start, so I spent some therapeutic time in the kitchen.  Making food is really comforting to me and a good distraction when I'm feeling stressed or anxious. 

Last week I picked up a copy of Vegan Yum Yum by Lauren Ulm.  I've followed her blog forever and love her food photography and inspiring recipes.  One of the dishes I was really excited about was the Creamy Sweet Potato Bake.  What's more comforting than a creamy, warm casserole full of sweet potatoes and kale? 

This casserole recipe is soooo good!  Sweet potatoes, kale, and pasta with a creamy vegan alfredo sauce.  Of course, I can't seem to ever follow a recipe exactly, so I ended up adding caramelized onions to the filling and instead of topping it with plain breadcrumbs, like the recipe calls for, I mixed the crumbs with melted Earth Balance margarine, oregano, and chopped green onion.  We ate this for dinner, breakfast, and lunch, and felt very sad when we scraped the last bits out of the baking dish.  

Some other eats from my weeks, on the lighter side:
Banana Chia breakfast pudding topped with raisins and local raw honey from my farmer's market.  I blended the chia seeds with a banana, cinnamon, honey and water.   Yum.
Salad with Trader Joe's spiced soybeans, dulse, and left-over cheesey sauce from making kale chips. 
Meet Poopers!!! Poopers is my boyfriend's sweet & handsome cat.  He was lounging next to me as I wrote this post.  He loves fresh catnip from the farmer's market and eating from his treat egg.  He also has the best purr I have ever heard, kind of a rumble and squeak.... so cute! 

Hope everyone has had a nice weekend :)


  1. Hi Poopers! lol, love the name! That casserole looks delicious!

  2. I like Chopped too. Wish they had a vegan version of it.

    I never have an leftover cheesy sauce! I usually find more kale to put it on.

  3. i love chopped...

    sorry about the sad news...i've been in a bit of mourning myself...

    glad you were able to make yourself something yummy and comforting...poopers is so sweet...and i love those purrs, the rumble and the squeak...

  4. Hugs to you! Hope all is well or will be soon.

    I want that casserole! oh my that looks so good!

    And ha ha! I love Poopers! What a great pic.

  5. YUM i love chia! especially in pudding :]
    awesome blog!


  6. Looks delish! I'm your newest follower. Come follow me back??

    Lindsey :)