Rusted Root Casserole

While it is not required to listen to this Rusted Root song while cooking this dish, it often cheers me up and tonight I need a little simple joy.

Root Vegetable Casserole
Serves 3-5

4 1/2 cups root vegetables (white potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnip, squashes like buttercup or butter nut)
1/2 medium onion chopped
1 cup plain soy yogurt
2 TB margarine
1/2 spring fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried rosemary)
1/4 cup natural yeast
dash of nutmeg
dash (or 2) garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

1. Take a medium size pot and add 1 inch of water, add a pitch of salt and bring to boil.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Peel and prep root vegetables.  Cut everything into thick slices/thin cubes…I know, I know, WTF does that mean?!?  Honestly, the size doesn’t really matter because you will boil until tender – the smaller the pieces, the faster it is ready.  The only thing that matters is that the pieces are all about the same size.  I used 1 buttercup squash, 1 turnip and 2 of each sweet and white potatoes.  All of these veggies were purchased at the Trenton Farmer’s Market last Saturday.

3.  Add veggies to boiling water.  Bring to boil again and then simmer with a lid until veggies are tender but not mushy.

4.  While roots are boiling, combine all the other ingredients (onion, yogurt, yeast and spices).  Slice or break down with fork the margarine  and add to wet mixture.  You want the texture to be creamy but not thick.  If too thick, add plain soy milk or a bit of water.

5.  Grease casserole dish* with margarine and place tender root veggies in casserole.  Pour yogurt mixture over root veggies and spread to evenly distribute.  Bake in oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

*  WTF is a casserole dish?  As far as this awesome recipe is concerned, it is an oven safe, glass dish with 2 inch high sides.

There was a wonderful, beautiful picture of the root veggies but my stupid computer is being a complete d-bag and I can’t get my technologies to work right for me tonight…and I’m thinking about Haiti and the insanity of our lives and how we are so lucky and yet act so irresponsibility – yours truly included.


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