Seeking Smarter – Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

I love watching the Amazing race. In this race people must preform tasks to acquire clues to move on to the next part of the race across the globe. In Tataouine it was a listening task.

If that location sounds familiar to you, your not wrong. The abandoned village in Tunisia is the actual set location for the desert planet in Star Wars.

In this challenge One walkie talkie was hidden, in one of the many hundreds of domes, the other was given to the player. Find the walkie get the clue. Sounds easy enough- Wrong!

The problem was the acoustics – the perfect domes cast great sound…- talk into the walkie and it sounds like it’s coming from all directions, making what seemed easy, a near impossible task. It was a giant game of Marco Polo for many teams.

But one team played smart, they stayed silent…they didn’t bother to talk. Instead they switched channels on their walkie and used the interference as a guide. When the walkies were in certain range of each it let out a squeal and as it got louder they knew they were on right track. They were in and out in no time and gained a significant lead in the race.

Psalms say “Be still and know I am God” but again we read, in exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

I think when we find ourselves in those places where we don’t know what to do and we are desperately seeking – sometime we feel like our prayers are just bouncing off the walls… we feel like we cannot hear God, and only hear the sound of our voice. We can unknowingly find ourselves in that Marco Polo game chasing after our own voice. We need to switch channels, and learn to seek smarter.

To seek smarter we don’t need any other tool then the ones God gave us, we just breath and switch channels. We approach in a new way. We allow ourselves to be fully lead, remaining silent. Trusting that God will reveal himself as we draw near. Just as the team found the other walkie talkie by being silent and being lead and trusting it will be revealed.

If your fasting or choosing non dairy- scalloped potatoes may seem a luxurious treat out of reach. But I am here to say we have searched and found a solution! neuroticmommy has a vegan recipe that works very well, with some minor tweaks for the Daniel fast friendly- and I thought I would share. The orig post did add extra vegan cheese on top feel free to do so.

Vegan Scalloped potatoes – Orig posted by NeuroticMommy

  • 5 russet potatoes, (washed, peeled, and scalloped)
  • 2 cups almond milk, (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (optional for cheesy flavour)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp parsley,
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Preheat your oven to 425F.2.

Wash and peel your potatoes before slicing. Use either a food processor with the slicing attachment or a mandolin for evenness. Once potatoes are sliced put them in an ice bath. Leave them in there while you make the sauce.

In a small to medium sauce pan, on medium heat, whisk almond milk, vegetable broth, nutritional yeast (if using), veggie bouillon, butter, diced onion, and all spices. Lower heat down to a simmer and stir frequently.

4. In a separate bowl mix together the corn starch and water until no clumps are left. Pour that into the cheese mixture and mix well. Stir for 5-6 minutes or until the sauce thickens up. It won’t be super duper thick just thicker.

5. Layer the bottom of a 2qt baking or casserole dish with potatoes. Pour half the cheese mixture and whirl it around to ensure coverage. Top with second layer of potatoes and remaining cheese sauce. Give it another whirl or shake to ensure coverage.

6. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove foil and bake another 20 minutes uncovered. If you want the top extra extra crispy leave it in for another 10 minutes.

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