tasty bite of the day: potato spinach "sausage" casserole
I'm a little late with this, but Elise has brought us a recipe for potato spinach "sausage" casserole that I am quite tempted by. Now, don't get me wrong. I am not a lover of casseroles like I am a lover of tofu or mousse or balsamic strawberries. I was lucky enough to grow up in a household where casserole was, indeed, a nine-letter four-letter word, but some of my friends were not so lucky, and on occasional visits to their houses, I would be forced to eat things like cream-of-mushroom or tuna casserole. Not that I would really eat these foods. I have always been pretty good at smushing things around so it only looks like I ate some, when in reality, I have succeeded in not having the clumps of casserole mush touch anything but the tip of my fork. And since I have always loved to eat my vegetables, my friends' parents were often so impressed by my wanting seconds of the peas or the spinach or the broccoli that they harldy noticed what I wasn't eating.
This potato spinach "sausage" casserole, on the other hand, looks like just my kind of food, with a few modifications. I love food that is hearty, satisfying, healthy, and simple, and what fits this description better than potatoes, spinach, and "sausage" (the quotations being mine, as I am not an eater of animals, but I am a connoisseur of tofu and veggie "sausage" all things fake-meat)? In fact, this substitution of some sort of soy product in favor of Italian sausage is one of the key modifications I would make - a couple others being the subsitution of veggie broth for chicken broth, and the deletion of the heavy cream and the cheese (though perhaps I would use some nutritional yeast in its place?) - I prefer my hearty dishes thick, not creamy. But I find this dish to be quite inspiring, otherwise. Very homey, simple, nutritios, and adaptable, and I'll bet it makes great leftovers, yet another of my favorite qualities in a dish. Thanks, Elise!