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Vegetarian Shepherd Pie Recipe

This healthy recipe is just the right amount of heartiness for a weeknight meal that won’t take more than an hour. This vegetarian shepherd pie recipe features lentils, carrot and corn, crowned with a velvety mashed potato topping. Yummy.

Healthy Recipes: Vegetarian Shepherds Pie Recipe with Lentils

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Vegetarian Shepherd Pie Recipe

I like to make my lentils the Moroccan way but you can use canned lentils and season as you prefer.


Healthy Recipes: Vegetarian Shepherd Pie Recipe with Lentils

Vegetarian Shepherds Pie with Lentils

  • 1 cups lentils
  • 1 medium tomato (grated)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced carrot
  • 1/2 medium onion (grated)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley and/or cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon refrigerated ginger in jar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold or white potatoes (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (divided)
  1. Mix all ingredients for the lentils in a pressure cooker or pot. Add 1 liters (about 1 quarts) of water, and bring to a simmer.
  2. Pressure cooker method.
  3. Cover, and cook on pressure over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. If the lentils are still submerged in sauce, reduce the liquids so that the sauce is ample, but not watery. Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve with hot sauce, if desired.
  4. Pot method.
  5. Cover, and simmer the lentils over medium heat about 1 1/2 hours, or until the lentils are tender and the sauce is not watery. (If the liquids reduce too much during cooking, add a little water to prevent the lentils from burning.)
  6. Sprinkle flour on top of lentil mixture, simmering for about 1 minute just to thicken. Pour lentils into casserole dish.
  7. For the topping, place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover and cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to the pot. Add buttermilk, butter and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher until mostly smooth.
  8. Top the lentils with the mashed potatoes. Broil, rotating halfway through, until the potato is lightly browned in spots, 6 to 10 minutes.

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Saturday 2nd of January 2016

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Wednesday 29th of April 2015

This looks delicious. I'm vegan but I think I can just make vegan mashed potatoes. The flavor combinations look yummy! Thanks so much for sharing!