Loaded Mashed Potato Cups

Ahhh, another week another Tasty challenge. This week we decided to put our personal spin on loaded mashed potato cups. The original recipe can be found here.

For the roasted garlic mashed potatoes:

5 potatoes

3 tablespoons of Manitoba Harvest Hemp

1 clove of garlic

2 tablespoons Becel vegan butter

1/4- 1/3 cup nut milk, I used Silk Almond milk

2 green onions

Preheat oven to 400, put your prepared garlic in for about 30 mins (I assume you know how to prepare garlic for roasting). Turn the oven down to 350. If you decide to turn off the oven make sure you pre-heat it before assembling the cups.

Peel and quarter potatoes, place on trivet add a cup of water in instant pot. Cook for 9 mins. Use natural release.

Once potatoes and garlic are cool enough to handle, take out your potato ricer and press them. Then add the rest of the ingredients.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker- that’s fine, stove works too.

 

For the bacon bits (I loosely followed Happy Herbivore’s recipe from The Happy Herbivore)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon water

2 teaspoons liquid smoke

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 paprika

1/2 cup TVP

Add everything but the  TVP in a small pan, bring to boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat stir in TVP, cook for a few more mins on low heat- drizzle some maple syrup on it (forgot to add it to the liquids oops)

The orginal method calls for you to crisp them up- but I didn’t think it would work well with the recipe.

I took half the potato mixture, dropped mixture into a parchment lined muffin pan,  made an indent and sprinkled follow your heart fiesta blend in the middle. Some I covered with more potato, some I didn’t. Cook for 35 mins, sprinkle with more green onion.

The other half of the mashed potato mixture- I added the bacon bits. I didn’t measure- just add until you think you have enough (with the left over bits, crisp them on low heat, in frying pan,  stirring often until crispy, store in air tight container use as you would with any bacon bits). Re-use the parchment paper and repeat the steps as stated in the first half of mixture.

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Manitoba Harvest, Sprinkle Love

I’m not sure the brand I originally tried, I just know I bought it from the farmers market 3 or 4 years ago. Kinda hard to believe that such a small little seed can pack a lot of flavor and omega 3&6, not to mention protein. When I ran out, the hunt was on……

I can’t really call it a hunt because I could easily find Manitoba Harvest. I ran into a lot of people who didn’t know what hemp was. Ok, let me rephrase that. When I mentioned hemp, they thought I wanted to make pot brownies or something crazy like that. As much “fun” as that may sound that’s not want I wanted. I wanted a complete plant based protein, that’s close to ideal Omega 3&6 ratio and easy to digest.  With Manitoba Harvest Hemp I get all that and it’s packed with other nutrients such as iron, magnesium, fiber plus more.

You may be wondering “what do you use hemp in?” Well, let me tell you. It has a nice nutty flavor to it so it makes a really nice addition to vegan Parmesan cheese (think mixing it with almond meal and nooch or grinding cashews or Brazil nuts  instead of almonds), sprinkle it on salads, pasta, garlic bread, soups, in smoothies- check out my double decker onion rings. The options are only limited by a lack of imagination. I’ve been known to take a handful and eat it as is 😄

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Manitoba Harvest hemp was established in 1998. Mike started the company with his friends Martin and Alex. Mike was an unhealthy teen, but through hemp foods he learned about the good essential nutrients- lost weight became healthy and a lot happier.

Manitoba Harvest can say “quality seed to shelf” as they have complete control from the seeds that are planted, manufacturing, packing to distribution.

*fun fact- Manitoba Harvest is the largest vertical integrated hemp food manufacturer in the WORLD!!

The company offers certified organic (meaning seed has been grown on certified organic land) and natural (meaning they used conventional farming techniques).  They offer hemp hearts, hemp pro 70, hemp protein, hemp oil and hemp milk.

*fun fact- per 30g serving of hemp, there’s 10g protein, 10g omega 3&6, and 3g carbs.

Hemp seed doesn’t contain gluten naturally- they don’t want to say it’s gluten free, in case a barley or wheat kernel somehow gets in the hemp seed. It only take one kernel in 50,000 hemp seeds to test positive for gluten. Instead they say “This product is made in our dedicated Hemp Food facility”. Seriously, regardless of what anyone tells you- you WILL NOT fail a drug test by consuming Manitoba Harvest hemp.

Congratulations to Brenda P 🙂 She won our giveaway!!

Manitoba Harvest sent me out a pack of hemp seed – Thank you 🙂 and they want to send one lucky winner a pack. Click here to enter. Contest is open to residents of Canada and America. We will contact the winner by email, you will have 24 hrs to email of your mailing info.

Follow  Manitoba Harvest on Facebook, Twitter to see what’s going on. Use the hashtag #sprinklelove so I can see how you’re getting your hemp on!!

Tell us, what do you sprinkle love on?