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Maple Mustard-Glazed Potatoes and String Beans

If you’re trying to win the affections of a vegetarian or vegan, make this dish for them. It works, I promise.

I had someone cook it for me on our first dinner date.  I thought he was some sort of culinary genius because this dish was so delicious. This was not Jon’s doing, it was the work of lovely Isa Chandra Moskowitz and her book Vegan With a Vengeance, which I think I may still have hiding around here somewhere. You inherit all sorts of interesting things after a break up.

After a couple dates and more delicious meals, I learned that Jon was in fact a great cook, in spite of the simplicity of this recipe. This, however, in conjunction with our similar sense of humor, was one of the very few things that marked my interest in him. My disinterest in role playing games was mirrored by his disinterest in concerts. We were doomed. But, hey, he taught me how to cook frittatas, so I can’t complain.

That is so 2009, how about some food already?

Before you do anything, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


2 lbs. Small Yukon gold potatoes

1/2 lb. string beans

1 yellow onion

2 cloves garlic

3 T soy sauce or tamari (I used soy)

1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I most certainly will not leggo my Eggo.)

3 T Dijon mustard

2 T olive oil

1. Did you remember to preheat the oven to 400? Slice the potatoes into quarters and put them in a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Cut the yellow onion into large chunks.

2. Combine all of the wet ingredients and stir until the mustard is dissolved.

3. Pour over the potatoes and mix well. You should have everything in the pan except for the string beans.

4. Cover with tin foil and bake for 25 minutes.

5. While the potatoes are baking, cut the string beans in half and cut off the ends.

6. Once the 25 minutes are up, add the green beans to the mixture, stir, turn the oven down to 350 and cook for another 25 minutes uncovered.

7. Remove from the oven and toss again, and cook for 25 minutes uncovered.

8. Let it cool for a bit so the sauce can thicken.

And, that’s it! This little slice of heaven only cost $7.

The way to a man’s heart may through be through his stomach, and the same may apply to women, although I won’t be the first to say we are complex creatures. I’m pretty sure the combination lock to my heart can be solved through tasty food, b-sides and cuddling.