VEGAN Shepherd’s pie meal prep?
Yep. You heard right. And I can’t wait for you to try this meal!
I want to say up front that for a meal with very simple and cheap ingredients, it’s pretty labor intensive compared to my other meal prep recipes.
BUT you can totally take this to a friend’s place for a potluck this holiday season or use this recipe when hosting others. It’s absolutely guest-worthy!
What you need to know about this vegan lentil shepherd’s pie:
1. You don’t need to use Yukon gold potatoes!
This can easily be made with sweet potatoes or mashed cauliflower and it will still taste so good and be super satisfying.
If using sweet potatoes, you can use the same method as the recipe below.
If using cauliflower, head over this recipe for a mashed cauliflower method.
2. You can get fancier with the veggies!
I used a very basic frozen veggie mix (peas, carrots, corn, chopped green beans) for my version below.
I encourage you to add chopped celery or mushrooms to the mix too. Mushrooms would be awesome in this (and it would add even more protein).
3. You can also get fancier with the flavors!
Again, this recipe is very basic. So if you want to take it up a notch, here’s what to do:
- Try adding 1-2 teaspoons tomato paste when cooking the lentils
- Try adding 1 teaspoon of Worchestire sauce if you have it when cooking the lentils
- Use fresh thyme if you can find it in the store (this recipe calls for ground)
- Add fresh rosemary if you can find it/have it already – add it at the same time as the thyme
Also! Some people like to top their potatoes with some cheese when baking the dish or reheating it… that’s something to try as well!
How to double or add more volume to this recipe:
This recipe can be doubled by simply doubling all the ingredients in the recipe below. The cooking time will increase a bit to accommodate cooking more potatoes and more lentils. The oven cooking time should stay about the same!
To add more volume, start with veggies as always. Consider adding more frozen veg mix, then maybe throwing in mushrooms. More lentils will also do the trick, followed by adding another potato or two.
Storage & reheating notes:
This meal can last in the fridge for up to 5 days. It reheats really well in the microwave or in the oven. I do not recommend freezing this because mashed potatoes aren’t freezer-friendly, but the lentil mix would be ok to freeze.
Happy prepping 🙂
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One-Hour Vegan Shepherd's Pie With Lentils
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time60 mins
- 1 pound yukon gold potatoes or sweet potatoes (about 3 medium yukon potatoes, 2 small/medium sweet potatoes)
- 2 TBSP butter vegan, I love Earth Balance
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup lentils green or brown
- 2 1/2 cups broth or water
- 3 cups mixed frozen veggies (I used a mix of carrots peas, corn, green beans)
- 3 tsp ground thyme
- 1 TBSP cornstarch optional
- Preheat your oven to 400 F. Grease a baking dish (I used a 9x9 one) with cooking spray.
- Make the mashed potatoes: Add potatoes to a large pot and fill it with water just enough to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil and add salt, and let the potatoes cook for 20 minutes, until they slide off a knife easily. (stick a knife in them to try it out when you think they're done). Drain the pot when they're soft enough, but leave the potatoes in there on a very low heat to evaporate more water for about 5-10 minutes. Then transfer to a bowl, mash the potatoes with butter and salt using a fork or masher to your desired consistency. (I also removed the skin when mashing - this is up to you) Cover your potatoes loosely and set aside.
- While the potatoes cook: Add oil to a large pan over medium heat. After a minute, add the garlic and onions. Sautee for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until they're fragrant and slightly darker in color. Add the lentils, broth, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and cook uncovered for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Add and stir in the frozen mixed veggies after the lentils have cooked for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust spices as it all cooks!
- When it's done cooking, the mixture should be thick with only a little bit of liquid still in the pan. If there's too much, remove the pan from the heat and add the cornstarch. Whisk well until it's at your desired consistency. Pour the lentil veggie mixture in the greased baking dish and use a spoon or spatula to flatten the mixture out a bit.
- Carefully add the mashed potatoes on top. I used a regular spoon and added the potatoes by the spoonful because they're not easy to spread if you pour it on all at once! Once you have a layer of potatoes on top of the lentil mixture, you can use a spoon or fork to spread it more evenly.
- Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Add a baking sheet under the dish just in case to catch any overflow. When it's done cooking, let it sit for 10-20 mins before slicing it!