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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

One of my favorite all time meals is Shepherd's Pie. Normally it's made with ground lamb, but since I'm always trying to get my family to eat more veggies, I came up with a vegetarian version that uses beans and tons of veggies.

To see my recipe,

What you need:

Potatoes (8 white or sweet or a mix of both, each about the size of a lemon)
1 32 oz. container of Pacific Veggie broth
2 peppers (I prefer 1 red and 1 orange)
1 zucchini
3 stalks of celery
6 mushrooms
4 big carrots
1 can of beans (I prefer black or kidney)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
2-3 tbsp butter or Earth Balance (optional)
1 clove of garlic, minced

What you do:

  1. Place a big pot of water on the stove on High heat.

  2. While the water is heating to a boil, peel the potatoes (unless you love mashed potatoes with the skins). Then dice them up and place them in the pot of boiling water.
  3. Now get another pot, pour the broth in and place it on the stove on Medium heat.
  4. While that's warming up, cut up all the veggies and place them in the broth. Feel free to add other kinds of veggies if you want. Strain and rinse the canned beans and add them to the broth too. Mix everything up and allow to cook uncovered.
  5. Check on the potatoes, and when they're soft, strain out the water in a colander, and return them back into their original pot. Using a fork or a masher, while they're still steaming hot, mash the potatoes until creamy. If you're using regular potatoes, you can add garlic and butter (or Earth Balance) for a smoother texture. If you're using sweet potatoes, they don't really need any butter (they're creamy enough). Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Set the mashed potatoes aside, and turn on the oven to 350°F. Now check on the veggies cooking in the broth. You want to cook them for only about 10 minutes or so, so they're still slightly firm.
  7. Now take a rectangular glass casserole dish, and using a slotted spoon place all the veggies in the dish. Now pour some of the leftover liquid over them, enough so that the veggies are covered, not swimming. You can save the leftover broth (if there is any) in a container in the freezer for a later recipe.
  8. Now carefully scoop the mashed potatoes over the veggies, smoothing them out with the back of a spoon in a nice even layer. If you like cheese, go ahead and sprinkle it on top. I did half and half so you can see what it looks like.
  9. Place it in the oven, uncovered, and bake for about 10-20 minutes. You'll know it's ready when either the cheese is melted and bubbly, or the potatoes are slightly hard on top.
  10. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. If you have any leftovers, place them in plastic containers in the fridge.
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 9 years
My vegetarian boyfriend will adore it! Thank you!
adxdoepfish adxdoepfish 9 years
I don't believe I have ever seen that product here in Australia. We do however have one by Sanitarium called Vegetarian Casserole Mince, also made of soy and TVP. As we were eating it, the use of the product came to mind and I gave myself a little mental kick for not getting some. I kicked myself again when I found that I still had two cans of it in the cupboard! :)
Amo777 Amo777 9 years
Try making it with 'ground round' it's a spiced ground tofu that works really well instead of meat.
adxdoepfish adxdoepfish 9 years
I'm not against eating meat, but I usually make dinner for myself, my girlfriend and my Mum. Mum is vegetarian so I am always on the lookout for a delicious recipe that even the meat eaters can enjoy, but ones that Mum can eat also. This recipe looked the part, and scored big! Everyone, meat eaters and veggos alike LOVED IT. Well worth a try! (And still enough left over for work lunch... for the next three days!)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Techinically a meatless one is called a Shepherdess pie. I hate sweet potatoes, and really nothing replaces that meat flavor with the mashed potatoes.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
It's not the same with out the "shep" but worth a try.
llendril llendril 9 years
it looks and sounds awesome, fit!
nikisix nikisix 9 years
I'm going to make that tonight!
matildaforfree matildaforfree 9 years
My mom has a "light" shepards pie that she makes and tastes fantastic. Instead of potatos she mashes cauliflower ( Yes, I KNOW!) With cheese, uses veggie ground burger, peas and beef broth. OMG it tastes like heaven!
eeeyore138 eeeyore138 9 years
i'd make 1/2 cheese coz my bf is lactose intolerant - looks yummy!
mtiger mtiger 9 years
Looks good! I would put cheese all over it...I love cheese! I buy the low-fat kind. It's a great source of calcium!
steen steen 9 years
I think my husband would divorce me if I ever dared mention "Vegetarian" and "Shepherd's Pie" in the same sentence!
jetaime86 jetaime86 9 years
that looks great fit! just out of curriosity- nutrition facts?
iamangiepooh iamangiepooh 9 years
omggg that looks delicious. i made my first shepherds pie last year :)
peacehighh peacehighh 9 years
that looks delicious!
i LOVE sheppards pie. my husband runs from it because he hates casseroles.... my son and i get down with it.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
This looks great! I am a veg and my hubby is not and he really likes shepherds pie! I think I might make this tonight! Thanks Fit!
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
Mmmmmm good old comfort food... this looks good (sans the cheese).
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Looks good!
Beaner Beaner 9 years
Sweet potatoes on top! Now why didn't I think of that?!
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
Looks so yummy!! But I would definitely choose the no-cheese version!
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