Dijon Horseradish Sauce

I was just looking to create a sauce for roasted potatoes and broccoli to jazz them up a bit. Some kind of potato salad twist type thing.

I landed on a mustard based sauce since I had a fresh bottle of dijon. You know what they say, use what you have. That advice applies now more than ever, under current circumstances.

This is super easy to put together. Whisk together a few ingredients and you're all set. Keep those potatoes moist and delicious. A lighter, fresher variation on classic potato salad. And, of course, vegan.

2 tbls dijon mustard
2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls hot sauce
1 tbl horseradish
2 tsps salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsps turmeric
2 tbls olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients except olive oil.

Drizzle in the oil while whisking until a nice emulsion is formed.

I created this for roasted potatoes and broccoli, but this sauce has endless possibilities. It's tangy, spicy and a little bit creamy. Go nuts with it!

Vegan Restaurant in Ocean County

Something extraordinary happened to me the other night. I was dicking around on google and did a search for vegan food and I actually found a nearby restaurant with a full vegetarian and vegan menu to accompany their regular one. It's called Via Roma. It's in Toms River. It's a town or 2 away from me, but not that far.

It's an Italian restaurant and they are very big on the daiya cheese. I've heard a lot about this vegan cheese, but have never actually eaten it. I do wonder if it's as great as has been implied.

They had such a huge array of vegan dishes on their menu it was overwhelming. I'm used to having only 1 or 0 choices at any given eatery. They even have vegan desserts. That's unheard of!!!

What thrilled me the most was their burgers. I love veggie burgers, provided they are vegan veggie burgers. It can be quite frustrating. Veggie burgers are quite common and prevalent, but they almost always contain eggs. And that just won't do. Even when I was vegetarian and would eat milk products I still eschewed eggs.

I've made some great vegan burgers at home and they are not hard to make at all sans eggs. So I don't understand all these restaurant's compulsions to add eggs to them and louse them up.

But this place that I discovered actually has egg free vegan burgers and I find this extremely exciting. And they can be ordered with vegan cheese. It's like I've died and gone to vegan heaven. I can't wait to go there and try them out.

Will post again about them when I've actually dined there and have more to say.