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Nourishing Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • Garlic, chopped
  • Sweet onion, diced
  • White or crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • Coconut or avocado oil, as needed
  • Zucchini or yellow squash, diced
  • Celery, sliced
  • Carrots. sliced
  • Peas, fresh or frozen
  • Organic corn, fresh or frozen
  • Lentils, soaked 8+ hours and/or sprouted, uncooked
  • Seasonings: I use a blend of garlic powder, ground cumin, and dried oregano
  • Nutritional yeast, as desired
  • Celtic sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

For the topping:

  1. Steam the cauliflower pieces until fork tender. Blend with a blender (I use a Vitamix) or a hand blender with a pinch of salt and pepper.

For the filling:

  1. Caramelize the garlic, onion, and mushrooms with enough oil to lightly cover the pan and a pinch of salt. A great starting point is 2-3 cloves of garlic, 1 small or 1/2 large onion, and 4-5 mushrooms, but use what you like.

  2. Add the zucchini, celery, carrots and lentils and allow to cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Try starting with 1 medium zucchini, 1-2 stalks of celery, 1 large carrot, and around 2 cups of lentils and add more if desired.
  3. Add desired amount of peas and corn (I typically go heavy on the peas and light on the corn).

  4. Season with as much seasonings as you'd like, adding more based on your taste. Add 1-2 spoonfuls of nutritional yeast, a handful of fresh parsley, and a little extra salt and pepper. Taste and add more if needed.

  5. Spread the cauliflower puree evenly on top. Dab or drizzle a small amount of oil on the puree, and sprinkle with a thin layer of nutritional yeast and a pinch of salt.
  6. Broil until caramelized and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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