Saturday, October 25, 2008

VeganMoFo: Revamping Leftovers.

I think I'm pretty good at turning leftovers into a brand new dish the next day. I've turned lentil soup into curry, spaghetti sauce into "Michigan hot dogs" (it's a Quebec thing, my husband is from Montreal), cream of celery soup into gravy and leftover taco filling into meatloaf. Last night was taco night again but I was practically the only one eating. Husband didn't feel well so he had two measly tacos and that was it. I hungrily wolfed down five but I still had a mountain of taco filling leftover.

Today I decided to make a shepherd's pie with the leftovers. It was very easy to put together with ingredients I already had in my refrigerator. I sauteed some onion, garlic, zucchini, carrots, green beans and mushrooms and seasoned them with italian herbs. I made a small recipe of miso gravy (subbed Earth Balance for the butter) and combined all of this with the taco filling (seasoned soy crumbles). I poured it into a casserole, spread mashed potatoes on top and dotted it with bits of Earth Balance. I baked it for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. It came out sooo good. The filling was hearty and the miso gravy gave it a very rich, satisfying flavor. I think omnis will like this just as much as traditional meat based sheperd's pie. Check out these mouthwatering pics!

I dig the gravy pool that's formed on top.

Comfort food at it's best.


Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

I'm horrible at revamping leftovers. I should probably learn how. It's a great skill to have. That gravy is droolworthy!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

I think turning leftovers into a new dish is an art onto itself. Looks like you've got da skillz.

aTxVegn said...

You are clever with the leftovers! Mine usually end up as boring stirfrys. Your sheperd's pie looks so delicious.

Bethany said...

it's not a leftover if it's a new dish :). looks really yummy. I think I'll borrow that idea next time we have tacos.