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

Vegan Potato Salad

Here's a re imagined potato salad that's sure to please. It's vegan and it's delicious. While traditional potato salad relies on fatty and non-animal friendly mayonnaise, this version goes a more salad truee route.

My vegan potato salad is just as the name suggests, a salad with a base of potatoes. It's dressed not with mayo, but with a sweet and tart balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

We start with oven roasted potatoes that have chilled for a while in the fridge. We add them to the bottom of a bowl. Then we top with some diced raw onion, diced red pepper, sliced black olives, chopped lightly cooked broccoli and a spoonful of black beans. We drizzle with vinaigrette dressing. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and lemon pepper seasoning. Top with some almonds and toasted panko bread crumbs. It's the tastiest and healthiest potato salad you'll ever eat and it's also 100% vegan.

Variations might include roasted garlic, roasted peppers, cilantro, garbanzo beans and italian dressing instead of vinaigrette.