Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Shepard's Pie

We are at my mother-in-laws for the evening. We were planning on going to my mom's for dinner tonight, but it is a blizzard out there (like it is in much of the rest of the country, I hear). So, we decided to stay in, and make dinner here instead. I made this very comforting shepard's pie, with lentils for the "meat." Topped with a simple gravy (my husband's specialty), and a side of roasted garlic brussels sprouts from VWAV.

  • 1/2 pound lentils, cooked
  • 7-8 potatoes, cooked and mashed with 1/4 c. soymilk and 1/4 c. "butter"
  • 1 bag mixed frozen veggies (corn, beans, green beans, carrots, etc)
  • one onion, diced and saute'd in olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • salt and pepper
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. In a 9x13 casserole dish line the bottom with cooked lentils, then layer with cooked onions, frozen veggies, and mashed potatoes. Top with spices and bake in oven for about 40 mins.

For dessert we had sparkled ginger cookies (so good, I made another batch!), and hot peppermint cocoa made with Vitasoy chocolate peppermit soymilk. Thanks vegan_noodle for the idea, sooooo good! That little mushroom in the background is the rattle we got for Sebastian for a Christmas present, how cute is that??!!


jd said...

Wow! That Shepard's Pie looks wonderful! Those kind of dishes are so tasty and filling, aren't they?

For some reason, I've been really into making different types of "shepard's pies" lately - even though I never ate them before becoming veg!

So far, I've tried a lentil-based one, and a veggie-based one. And although both of them were great, I'm excited to try your recipe, too!

Hope you had a nice Christmas! :)

Alec said...

Hi LizzyQ, just found your blog for the first time (came from Vegan Dad website). Great to see people trying to raise their kids vegan and not falling for the whole 'kids must eat meat/milk' to develop properly crock.

That shepard's pie looks wicked good. I wish I had eaten that on Christmas Eve. My folks are nice enough to cook veggie when my wife and I are home but it's never very creative as my folks are meat eaters. Ah well, at least they're being nice and accomodating us.

Great lookin' recipes on your blog! Keep up the good work! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

VegMomma said...

I love the rattle! And that chocolate peppermint Vitasoy rocks my world!

gunter fam said...

those cookies and hot coco look so yummy!

ps i just found you from mdc!