French Black Beans and Mushrooms with Gravy Vegan

There's something really satisfying about mushrooms treated in a french preparation. Wine, mustard and thyme are one of those classic combinations that evoke a fine dining experience without the fine dining price tag. 1 pint baby bella mushrooms chopped small 1 can black beans, rinsed 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbl tsps soy sauce 2 tbl spicy mustard 2 tsps  prepared, jarred, horseradish (horseradish, vinegar and salt) 1 tbl hot sauce 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 tbls olive oil 2 tsps dry thyme 1 tsp black pepper 2 tsps salt When you cook down mushrooms some kind of molecular magic happens that turns bland, spongy fungi into a delectable culinary powerhouse. Add some wine and a few other components and you've got a deep, dark saucy ragout that will make anything you cover it with irresistible.  It's a simple mixture that yields complex tastes and textures.  It won't take up a lot of your time to make, but you'll have a hard time not eating it all in one sitting.  Start yo

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

This very simple and easy recipe uses pouch mashes taters to quickly cook a satisfying and complete meal. It only takes about 10 minutes to make, yet is extremely nourishing.


1 pouch Idahoan garlic masheed potatoes
1/4 cup frozen mustard greens or spinach
1/2 cup canned black beans rinsed
1/3 can of white shoepeg corn (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup frozen baby carrots
4 cloves fresh garlic largely diced (optional)
2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Set two cups water to boil in a medium to large pot as per mashed potato package directions. Adding greens or spinach and carrots to the water.

When pot begins to make sounds, but isn't yet at a boil at garlic, beans and corn.

Wait for pot to come to a boil.

Turn off heat. Add potato packet. Stir until thoroughly combined. Remove to cool burner and continue to stir until completely thickened.

Sprinkle hot individual servings with yeast and stir to combine.

Super filling and very tasty. Packed with nutrients.

This recipe would also work well vegan. Using plain potato flakes and soy milk. Add some extra garlic and some rosemary or basil.