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Vegan Shepherds Pie

THIS should be at every family gathering, birthday, celebration because its SUCH a crowd pleaser! The base is made with all natural whole ingredients, no processed meat fillers from a package like most vegan shepherds pie you will see. Just some solid ingredients mixed together to create a meat like substitute! Flavorful, nutrient dense and just dang delicious.



Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hour Yield: 1 Shepherd’s pie

Ingredients:

6 cups mashed potatoes Tbsp of olive oil 2 cups mushrooms 2 cups carrots 1 cup of red lentils cooked 1 jar of sun-dried tomatoes (drained) 2 cups walnuts

1 onion 3 tablespoons Italian spice 1 small can tomato paste

Fresh thyme 1 cup frozen peas

1 cup frozen corn

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease a 9X13 baking sheet. In a food processor; mince the mushrooms and carrots (I used just the regular blade feature on my Cuisinart) You can chop together or separate. Empty into a mixing bowl. Next, drain the jar of sun-dried tomatoes and add to food processor with the walnuts. Mix well until a pesto/paste forms.

  2. Next, sauté onion until translucent in a large pot. Add the mushrooms/carrots and cook for about 10 minutes until soft. Add the Italian spice, some chopped thyme and salt/pepper to taste. Mix in tomato paste and lentils.

  3. Once that is all mixed well together, add the walnuts and sun dried tomato mixture and combine on medium low heat. Taste the mixture, and add whatever spices you think that would enhance the flavor; maybe more Italian spice, paprika, cayenne, chili flakes, chili powder. Add the frozen peas/corn and mix well.

  4. Spread the mixture in the deep baking dish. I used 9x13. Spread mashed potatoes over in a nice thick layer. Sprinkle fresh thyme over the potatoes. If you want to coat with melted butter, this gives it a nice golden affect.

  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes start to appear golden and browned.


*For potatoes I used my Instapot; 8-10 small gold potatoes, vegan butter and salt.

Mashed with fork. You can do potatoes however works for you:)

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