Monday, March 1, 2010

Lentil Shepherd's Pie

I got this recipe from a vegan cooking group on
These are my pics:

This is the recipe:

Lentil Shepherd's Pie with crimini mushroom and garlic sauce

2 1/3 cups dry lentils
1 cup coarsely ground walnuts
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, diced
1 parsnip, diced *(I left this out)
1/2 head of green cabbage, finely chopped  *(I used savoy cabbage)
handful of fresh parsley, minced
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsp dried, sweet basil
1 tsp ground thyme
couple of pinches of kelp powder (optional; don't use too much or the food will taste muddy)   *(left out)
ground pepper to taste

6 - 8 large potatoes (I used Yukon gold), peeled and chopped *(I added in 2 sweet potatoes)
3 tbsp vegan margarine
splash of milk  *(I used plain soy milk)
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, handful of grated vegan cheese *(left out)

Place the lentils in a pot and add water until they are covered by an inch or so. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 35 - 40 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat a couple of tablespoons of oil and add the onion. Saute for a few minutes, then add the carrot and parsnip. Saute another few minutes, then add in the garlic and cabbage. Cook, stirring occassionally, until the veggies begin to brown a bit. Add in the rest of the ingredients, stir well, and let cook until much of the liquid has evaporated off - maybe ten minutes or so.

Meanwhile, set a large pot of water on to boil. Add the potatoes, return to a boil, and then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook for 8 - 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Strain and mash with the margarine, milk and other ingredients, as desired.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spread the cooked lentil mixture into large casserole or 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Press down slightly so that it is compacted, but don't mash it. Top with the mashed potato mixture. You can get fancy and score the potatoes with a fork or use a piping bag to create pretty designs if you like. Dot the top with a little more vegan margarine or lightly brush with oil. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until the pie is golden. Let stand for five minutes before slicing.

Serves 6 - 8, freezes beautifully for future meals.

While the pie is baking, make the sauce.

Savoury Mushroom Garlic Sauce

2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms (any mushrooms will do, these are just my favorite)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp flour
1 1/3 cups water or vegetable stock
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp dried sweet basil *(I used fresh flat-leaf parsley instead)
salt and pepper to taste

Sautee the mushrooms in the oil until they release their juice. Add the garlic and stir for a minute. Sprinkle with the flour and stir until everything is coated and the flour begins to sizzle. Add the water or stock in a slow, steady stream, stirring the whole time. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until thickened. Serve over shepherd's pie, or anything else you desire. It's great on thick slices of whole grain toast, for instance.


  1. It really makes a difference, but if you don't have it, it will still be good. :)

  2. I'll go to the organic store and see if I can find some tomorrow.. I'm going to make the gravy with mashed taters and those fake chicken breasts i picked up that I had mentioned the Gardein ones.

    OH GAWD Food Inc was awful...I'll blog on LJ later about it:( i had to cover some of scenes I just couldn't watch it