Next on my list of OBR (Other Bloggers’ Recipes) is Jessy of HappyVeganFace! I end that sentence with an exclamation point, because that’s the only way to do Jessy’s enthusiasm and positivity justice. HappyVeganFace records her day-to-day eats, most often with recipes. I don’t know about you, but writing down recipes is often the last thing I want to do at the end of the day when I’m throwing dinner together, so the effort is much apprecited!
Since Jessy is a normal person leading a normal (busy) life, her recipes are often of the quick and/or easy variety, which was a bonus when I was choosing recipes to make. She also has a recipe index. All her recipes are gluten-free and made from whole ingredients, and they always look delicious. And, she has a CSA share, so she cooks with the seasons.
The Autumn Salad was really easy to make – you roast some root vegetables then toss them with spinach and a simple dressing of olive oil and agave nectar. I really liked the parsnip in this, and the toasted pepitas. I was worried that it would be too sweet, between the butternut, apple and agave nectar, but this was not the case. The flavor was great! Personally, I like a little vinegar in my salad dressing, so I mixed the leftovers with a bit of white wine vinegar and it was even better, if that’s possible.
The shepherd’s pie was perfect fall food. It was full of great ingredients, filling, warm and hearty. My gravy didn’t firm up as much as the filling in Jessy’s picture, but no matter! This stuff was super delicious. I missed a part of the directions and mixed the parsley with the potatoes instead of layering it, but that’s part of the beauty of Jessy’s recipes – they’re very adaptable. From the directions: “keep on smashing until they’re to the consistency you love the most.” Love it! Oh, and can we all say together: nutritional yeast layer. Every casserole from now on should have a nutritional yeast layer. If I make this again, which I really should, my only minor change would be to add more spices to the gravy, like thyme and more parsley and maybe some other stuff. I like my food heavily herbed though.
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