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Obviously, when you think of me, you immediately think “VEGAN!” OK, maybe not, but I do like tasty comfort food and that is exactly what Alexis promised me. I’ll admit that I had my doubts that her Schwartzies hashbrowns would live up to the creamy, cheese-laden casseroles I’ve had in the past, and I am happy to report that this vegan, gluten-free version was every bit as good.
Alexis is a child of the Prairies, and she loves to immerse herself into everything Edmonton has to offer. She spends her time advocating for the LGBTQ community and senior care, and is also big in the Edmonton arts scene. You can find Alexis busking with her ukelele on Whyte ave, or on her Youtube channel – Stump Kitchen (which, incidentally, beat out this very website in a recent Vue Weekly poll for Best in Food) – where she showcases vegan, gluten-free recipes all made with one-handed cooking techniques (Alexis was born without her left hand).
Vegan, gluten-free Schwartzies hashbrowns.
This rich and creamy hashbrown casserole has been a family staple since Alexis was very young. When members of the family moved to a vegan and gluten-free diet, there was no way Alexis would let this comfort food fall to the wayside.
After discovering this dish in an old cookbook, these hashbrowns quickly became the “must have” dish for Alexis’ family and friends. She found that it was the perfect accompaniment to pretty much any main – soup, burgers, even turkey dinner – and it became so well-loved that it often was the main dish!
When Alexis began eating a gluten-free, vegan diet (her sister is also vegan), this was one of the first dishes she began adapting. It was important to her to ensure the dish was safe for all of her family members, while maintaining the taste so that everyone could still enjoy the traditional comfort of the dish. And Alexis promises that these hashbrowns are so good, no one will ever guess they are missing the dairy and gluten.
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