Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Traditional shepherd’s pie is usually made with ground meat and white potatoes. This one has sweet potatoes mixed in. The curried lentil filling is sandwiched between two layers of creamy potato filling that are sitting on a crouton crust which is baked on top of sweet zucchini. Serve this as an entree with a simple chopped tomato salad.
2 medium or large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
CURRIED LENTIL FILLING:
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions or green onion
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop the cubed sweet and white potatoes into the water and simmer for 45 minutes. They should be easily pierced with a fork.
3. Strain the potatoes, reserving 2 cups of the water. Pour 1 cup of the water back into the pot and mash the potatoes using a potato masher or a large fork.
4. Add the olive oil, Italian seasoning and Cajun seasoning and mash again until seasonings are completely blended into the potatoes.
5. Meanwhile, cook the lentils: Bring 3 cups of the water to a boil. Add the bay leaf, lentils and Cajun seasoning and cook for 45 minutes. Remove from heat when completely cooked and let cool briefly. Drain off any liquid.
6. Sauté the onions, garlic, mushrooms, broccoli and bell peppers in the olive oil in a large saucepan until the onions are transparent and limp, about 4 minutes.
7. Add the reserved cup of potato water, nutritional yeast, salt and curry powder and stir until everything is blended in. Add to the cooked lentils.
8. Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining 1/4 cup water and stir it into the lentil and vegetable mixture. Continue to cook for 3 more minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
9. Line the bottom of a casserole dish with the zucchini rounds. Sprinkle half of the bread crumbs or croutons on top of the zucchini.
10. Spoon out 4 cups of the mashed potatoes and spread across the zucchini rounds.
11. Spoon out 2 cups of the curried lentils and spread on top of the potatoes.
12. Spoon the remainder of the mashed potatoes and smooth them out on top. Sprinkle the rest of the bread crumbs and the scallions or green onion on top.
13. Bake for 50 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
Tip from Rosie’s Kitchen:
Serves 6 as a supper entrée (or 12 as a side dish)
Nutrients Per Serving:
This recipe is from THE HEALTHY KITCHEN – Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit by Andrew Weil, M.D and Rosie Daley (Knopf)
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