Poor rutabaga - I feel like this humble winter vegetable gets such a bad reputation. This cross between a cabbage and a turnip originated in Sweden (and is known as 'Swede' in the UK!), but actually only got a bad name during World War I when it was a "last resort" food for soldiers. Before that, it was a staple source of nutrition prior to the potato, and was the original Jack o' Lantern before people started carving pumpkins!
Anyway, here's a yummy way to eat it.
Place 5 cups (peeled and one-inch cubed) rutabaga in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes until tender. (Note: It's much easier to peel rutabaga with a knife than with a vegetable peeler, because the skins are thick and tough).
While the rutabaga cooks, peel and halve 12 shallots. Melt a tablespoon of vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and saute 2 minutes.
Add one cup vegetable broth, 1/2 cup Madeira (a fortified Portuguese wine), 2 tablespoons agave nectar (in place of honey) and 1/4 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the liquid reduces to about 1/2 a cup.
Drain the rutabaga, and add to the skillet along with 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme and a dash of black pepper. Toss gently to combine.
3/4 cup is a side-serving of 130 calories.
A note on the Madeira: the same rules of filtration apply as with all wines - the product itself is vegan, but animal matter may be used in the filtration process. Look for organic Madeira or ask a knowledgeable salesperson about a particular brand's filtration methods.
vegetable broth $2.69
Madeira wine $12.99
agave nectar $3.99
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html