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trim & neat shepherd's pie with vegan mince
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 13 small red potatoes
 ¼ cup almond milk
 ½ cup green lentils
 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
 1 tsp ground paprika
 1 tsp sage
 ½ tsp oregano
 ½ tsp cut rosemary needles (fresh or dry)
 ½ tsp onion powder
 ½ tsp ground black pepper
 ¼ tsp cinnamon
 ¼ tsp nutmeg
 2 tbsp ground flax
 2 tbsp soy sauce
 1 cup chopped portobello mushroooms
 1 medium white onion
 1 ¼ cups walnuts
 ¼ cup sunflower seeds
 1 ⅓ tbsp minced garlic
 1 cup pumpkin puree
  cup vegan panko breadcrumbs
 1 tbsp flour
 2 cans of corn
 salt to taste
1

Gather your ingredients!

Ingredients for trim and neat shepherd's pie with vegan mince

2

Wash and remove the eyes from about 13 small red potatoes–enough to make a layer on your casserole dish.

Leave the skins on. Potato skins are nutritious and a rich source of iron.

Slice the potatoes thinly, so that the skins will be bite-size and evenly distributed in the final product.

chopped sliced red potatoes

3

Bring water to a boil and add the potatoes. Simmer for about twenty minutes, until as tender as warm butter. Drain and set aside.

boiling thinly sliced potatoes

4

Bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil and add 1/2 cups of lentils. The lentils will absorb most or all of this water.

Simmer for about 20 minutes until the lentils are tender, but not long enough to turn to mush. Drain any excess water and set the lentils aside.

boiling lentils for vegan mince

5

Measure out your spices and set them aside to conveniently add later.

1 tsp each of thyme, paprika, and sage,

1/2 tsp each of oregano, rosemary, salt, onion powder, black pepper,

1/4 tsp each of cinnamon, and nutmeg

thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano, smoked paprika, black pepper, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, onion powder on a plate

6

Mix 2 tablespoons of ground flax with two tablespoons of soy sauce and three tablespoons of water. Set aside. Let the mixture sit and thicken until needed.

ground flax seed in soy sauce

7

Chop one white onion and mince one cup of portobello mushrooms.

Chopped onions and minced mushrooms

8

In a food processor, grind 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds and 1 1/4 cups of walnuts.

chapped nuts walnuts and sunflower seeds

9

Heat a tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is hot enough to sizzle around a piece of onion, add 1 1/3 tablespoons of garlic and the chopped white onion. Saute until fragrant.

Onions and garlic sautéing

10

Stir in the chopped walnuts and sunflower seeds.

Chopped walnuts and sunflower seeds

11

Stir the premeasured spices into one cup of pumpkin puree until they are thoroughly blended.

Stir the blend of pumpkin and spices into the pan.

pumpkin spices nuts seeds onions and garlic sauté

12

Stir in the cup of minced mushrooms. Sauté until they have released their moisture and fade into the mixture.

sautéing mushrooms, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pumpkin puree, garlic and onions for vegan shepherd's pie

13

Stir in the mixture of ground flax and soy sauce.

Adding flax and soy sauce to mince for vegan shepherd's pie

14

Stir in the cooked lentils.

Adding lentils to vegan shepherd's pie mix

15

Stir in 2/3 cups of vegan panko breadcrumbs.

add breadcrumbs to vegan shepherd's pie mince

16

Add a tablespoon of any flour to the mince (garbanzo flour works well.) This will help sop up excess moisture and allow the final pie to hold a trim, square shape when cut.

Continue stirring over medium heat as moisture escapes. Remove from heat when, if squeezed into a ball, the mince holds its shape.

Add flour to vegan shepherd's pie mince

17

Scoop the completed mince into a casserole dish and pat it firmly into an even, dense layer.

Vegan mince for vegan shepherd's pie

18

Cook, uncovered, for about five minutes.

cooking vegan mince for vegan shepherd's pie

19

Drain one of the cans of corn and briefly puree in a food processor.

puree corn in a food processor

20

Add 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, a teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 cup of almond milk to the drained potatoes.

Add garlic to potatoes

21

Stir and mash the potatoes, leaving some lumps.

mash sliced potatoes

22

Scoop the corn puree into evenly spaced dollops atop the mince and spread into an even layer. Over this, do the same for the second can of whole kernels.

add corn to vegan shepherd's pie

23

Scoop the mashed potatoes into evenly spaced dollops atop the corn and spread into an even layer.

add mashed potatoes to vegan shepherd's pie

24

Bake the shepherd’s pie at 350°F until the top of the mashed potatoes slightly brown. The baking time will vary depending on how hot the potatoes were when added. If the desired color does not appear after 25 minutes, switch to broiling,

bake vegan shepherd's pie

25

To serve the pie, cut with a knife or sharp spatula to penetrate the crisped upper layer of the potatoes.

The mince should be firm enough to give a trim and neat square of pie to each diner!

trim & neat shepherd's pie with vegan mince