Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Lately we have been on an extra tight budget and each mission to the grocery store seems to be a question of what can we make that will last and we will love all week long. Cheap, delicious, and plentiful is Shepherd’s Pie.
As a child, growing up in Maine I remember my best friend, Ashleigh’s Dad preparing an amazing Shepherd’s Pie that included at least 2 different game meats that he had proudly hunted. Here is my version, the vegan way, so delicious its hard not to go in for seconds or thirds!
- Green Beans
Or really simple, buy a bag of frozen mixed veggies.
- Potatoes (5) brown russets
- Garlic 2
- Vegan Cream Cheese
- Daiya Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
- Earth Balance
- Almond/Coconut or Soy Milk
- Smart Ground (ground “soy crumbles”)
- Place the potatoes in a pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat to medium-low, and boil the potatoes until tender, about 25 minutes; drain.
- Stir the almond milk, earth balance, vegan cream cheese, roasted garlic, rosemary and salt into the potatoes, and mash with a potato masher until smooth and fluffy. Set the potatoes aside.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), and spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion, carrots, corn, peas, and mushroom until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the Italian seasoning, garlic, and pepper.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, and crumble the vegetarian ground beef substitute into the skillet with the vegetables. Cook and stir, breaking up the meat substitute, until the mixture is hot, about 5 minutes.
- Spread the vegetarian meat substitute mixture into the bottom of the baking dish, and top with the mashed potatoes, smoothing them into an even layer. Sprinkle the potatoes with the shredded soy cheese.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are hot and crispy crunchiness begins to form, then sprinkle the cheese on the top and put back in over for just 4-5 more minutes.