Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Created on 02/09/12

 

1 cup of lentils, cleaned and picked through for any debris, discard debris and then cook lentils for one hour or until soft but not really soft to lose its shape and become mush

3 large organic broccoli crowns cleaned and chopped

½ head of organic cauliflower

5 organic red skin potatoes, scrubbed and cubed, leave red skin on

5 organic carrots, peeled and cubed into 1 to 2” chunks

1 cup of organic frozen corn

1 cup of organic Muir Glenn tomato sauce

1 medium onion, chopped

1 (10 oz) package of white button mushrooms, wiped clean and cut into quarters

2 garlic cloves minced well

3 tablespoons of olive oil

½ cup to 1 cup of vegetable broth

½ cup of Tofutti cream cheese (measure based on taste and texture of the mashed topping)

2 tablespoons of Earth Balance butter (measure based on taste and texture of the mashed topping)

Salt/Pepper to taste

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

 

In a large stock pot lined with a steamer, put in the cleaned cauliflower, cubed potatoes and steam over medium high heat until tender – approximately about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the broccoli at the last 5 minutes of cooking, turn of the heat and remove the steamed vegetables to a large bowl. Separate the broccoli from the cauliflower and potatoes because the broccoli will go into the lentil filling.

 

While the vegetables are steaming, in a 10” sauté pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat, add the chopped onions, mushrooms, and carrots and sauté until the carrots are soft and the mushrooms and onions have a deep brown color on them. Add the frozen corn and garlic and sauté until the corn is heated thoroughly and the garlic is soft.

 

Remove the sauté pan from the heat and add the cooked lentils. The lentils will absorb all the liquid from the vegetables. Add the broccoli to the sautéed lentil mixture and stir gently until everything is mixed well. Put the vegetables in a square 8 x 8 Pyrex or stone dish. Mix 1 cup of tomato sauce in the vegetables making sure everything is coated well.

 

In the bowl with the steamed cauliflower and potatoes mash the vegetables together. Season with salt and pepper and add vegetable broth to bind the vegetables together to make the mashed potato topping. I did not use all the vegetable broth and added some Earth Balance butter to give it some buttery flavor. Add the Tofutti cream cheese. Remember this is what I like in texture and flavor, please adjust the broth, butter and cream cheese as how you would like your mashed topping to be.

 

Spread the Cauliflower/Potato mash on top of the lentil mixture and spread to cover. Bake @ 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until the tomato sauce is bubbling out of the top and the mashed topping is lightly browned.