St. Patrick's Day is a challenging holiday to be a vegetarian. I've made large chunks of seitan (wheat gluten) from scratch and shaped them to look like corned beef brisket.
These days, I approach my St. Patrick's Day menu much differently. My cooking is much more mainstream and can be enjoyed by all.
Check your supermarket for soy- and wheat-based bacon, beef, cold cuts,
sausage and ground beef. No corned seitan this year. I promise.
However for my St. Patrick's Day Reuben Casserole I use smoky tempeh strips, which used to be called just Fakin Bacon. Now the label also calls them Smoky Tempeh Strips.
The other benefit of this recipe is that you can make it a few days before serving and simply reheat it for dinner. It also freezes well and will keep refrigerated for five days. I eat it all week long. Serve it with Irish soda bread, and you have a complete and festive meal.
St. Patrick's Day Reuben Casserole
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 head green cabbage, cored and sliced 1/2-inch thick (approximately 8 cups)
1 medium onion, halved and sliced 1/2-inch thick
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick coins
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
2 pounds skin-on red bliss potatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick
12 slices Light Life Fakin Bacon (Smoky Tempeh Strips)
1 1/2 cups shredded low-fat Swiss cheese
3 cups canned vegetable broth
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Heat oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cabbage, onions, carrots and caraway seeds and saute 4 minutes until cabbage wilts. Set aside.
Arrange half the potatoes in a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan covering the bottom. Layer half the tempeh strips over the potatoes, top with a layer of half the sauteed cabbage mixture. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Repeat layers
using the remaining ingredients.
Pour the broth over all. Cover the pan with foil and bake 45 to 50 minutes. Remove cover and continue to bake 10 minutes until top browns lightly. Cool slightly before serving. Makes 8 servings.
Per serving: 253 calories, 27 percent calories from fat, 8 grams total fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 7 milligrams cholesterol, 36 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams total fiber, 4 grams total sugars, 31 grams net carbs, 18 grams protein,
650 milligrams sodium.
-- Steve Petusevsky Vegetarian Today