Friday Food Fun

We made another delicious vegan casserole. However, it was a little labor intensive, but worth it! I forgot about pictures until it was too late!!

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

1 medium onion

1 1/2 cups uncooked brown or green lentils (red lentils don’t work well)

4 cups vegetable stock

3 pounds yellow potatoes

1-12-ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables

3-4 TBS vegan butter

1 TBS olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Peel and dice onions.

In a large pot over medium heat, sauté onions in 1 TBS olive oil until lightly browned and caramelized (about 5 minutes).

Add lentils and stock, then stir. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to simmer and continue to cook until lentils are tender (about 35-40 minutes).

During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add frozen vegetables and stir. Cover and cook for the remaining 10 minutes.

While the lentils are cooking, thoroughly wash and peel potatoes (peeling is optional).

Cut potatoes in quarters and place in a large pot. Fill with water until just covered. Bring to a low boil on medium-high heat then salt, cover and cook for 20-30 minutes or until soft.

Once cooked, drain and put in mixing bowl. Mash thoroughly. Add vegan butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.

Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.

When lentils and vegetable mix are finished, pour into prepared pan. Top with mashed potatoes, making swirls or fork marks as desired.

Place the 9×13 pan of casserole on a baking sheet to catch any overflow. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are browned on top.

Cool briefly before serving. It will thicken as it sits. Cool completely before covering leftovers. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Can be reheated in microwave. Freezing is not recommended.

Whew!! I hope that makes sense-the recipe I used didn’t, so I adjusted it!!

19 thoughts on “Friday Food Fun

  1. Melissa

    You can do this with no oil if you cook it with a little water or on a non-stick pan if the person is looking to avoid oil. Oil isn’t really needed to cook the onions, adding some garlic could bump that flavor up as well 🙂

    I don’t use butter in the mash. I add Nutritional Yeast, a little bit of plant based milk, some garlic, and pepper. If I’m really wanting flavor I may grab a no salt vegan/plant based bullion cube and toss it in the mash 🙂

    You can also use sweet potatoes for the mash if you’re looking to bump up nutrition over all! 🙂 Great recipe though, I’m going to give this a shot with my tweaks to it and let you know what I think! I’m so happy to see you guys trying new plant based stuff without me!!

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      1. Daily Thankful

        Praise God for the progress! I will continue to keep you in prayer, Robbie. Hang in there, my friend! God is faithful. He has brought you through many things, and He will faithfully guide you now and forevermore. ✝️💛

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    1. RobbyeFaye Post author

      Thank you!
      We’re not becoming vegetarian or vegan either. I just have kids that have severe pain as a result of auto-immune disorders (and I have fibromyalgia), and several reputable studies have shown eating a plant-based diet helps with reducing pain, etc. I don’t think I could completely give up meats or several other things in vegan/vegetarian diets!! However, the kids that don’t live at home have already, or are in the process of, becoming a vegan or vegetarian.

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      1. Melissa

        One of Robbye’s kids that’s no longer living at home, also the one that’s been educating them and helping them to learn more for health and well being 🙂 I can say going plant based (later fully Vegan for the ethics), has made a huge difference for my pain (plant based diet/no animal products reduced the inflammation) and my mental well being/personal morals (the ethics side). I’m happier and healthier all around. Interestingly it’s also had a huge impact on my anxiety as well (drastically reduced anxiety over all).

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    1. Melissa

      Any potatoes? You could try sweet potatoes if it’s just standard ones. If any potatoes are an issue I’d say try a cauliflower mash 🙂 I can pull up a recipe if you need for a good cauliflower mash to use in place of the potatoes!

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