If you are looking for a meal that helps the transition from meat eating to vegan, start with this yummy, savory, and oh-so-satiating One-Hour Vegan Lenti Shepard’s Pie. Say goodbye to meat!

Ingredients

 MASHED POTATOES

3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, partially peeled (thoroughly washed)

3-4 Tbsp vegan butter

Sea salt and black pepper (to taste)

FILLING

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion (diced)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

2 Tbsp tomato paste (optional)

1 healthy pinch each sea salt and black pepper

1 1/2 cups uncooked brown or green lentils (rinsed and drained)

4 cups vegetable stock

2 tsp fresh thyme (or sub 1 tsp dried thyme per 2 tsp fresh)

1 10-ounce bag frozen mixed veggies: peas, carrots, green beans, and corn

Instructions

Slice any large potatoes in half, place them in a large pot, and fill with water until they’re covered. Bring to a low boil on medium-high heat, then generously salt, cover, and cook for 20-30 minutes or until they slide off a knife easily.

Once cooked, drain, add to the pot to evaporate any remaining water, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Use a masher, pastry cutter, or large fork to mash until smooth. Add the desired amount of vegan butter (3-4 Tbsp as the original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), and season with salt and pepper to taste. Loosely cover and set aside.

While potatoes are cooking, preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C) and lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish (or comparable-sized dish, such as a 9×13 pan. An 8×8 won’t fit it all but close! // as the original recipe is written // adjust number or size of the dish if altering batch size).

In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until lightly browned and caramelized–about 5 minutes.

Add tomato paste (optional) and a pinch each salt and pepper. Then add lentils, stock, and thyme and stir. Bring to a low boil. Then cover and reduce heat to simmer. Continue cooking until lentils are tender (35-40 minutes). Once tender, remove the lid and continue simmering uncovered, stirring frequently, to evaporate any excess liquid.

In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the frozen veggies, stir, and cover to meld the flavors together.

OPTIONAL: To thicken the mixture, add 2-3 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) mashed potatoes and stir. Alternatively, scoop out 1/2 of the mixture and whisk in 2 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) cornstarch or arrowroot powder and whisk. Return to the pan and whisk to thicken.

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Then transfer to your prepared oven-safe baking dish and carefully top with mashed potatoes. Smooth down with a spoon or fork and season with another crack of pepper and a little sea salt.

Place on a baking sheet to catch the overflow and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the mashers are lightly browned on top.

Let cool briefly before serving. The longer it sits, the more it will thicken. Let cool completely before covering, and then store in the fridge for up to a few days. Reheats well in the microwave.

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