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Hearty Plant Based Shepherd's Pie

Instant Pot and stove top directions
Author Molly Patrick of Clean Food Dirty Girl

Ingredients

You will need

  • 3 quart round baking dish 2.8 liter
  • Steamer basket or the trivet that your Instant Pot came with if following the Instant Pot directions
  • Tongs

Spice Mix

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 - 10 healthy turns black peppercorns

Everything else

  • 1 cup yellow onion 130g, diced
  • 1 cup eggplant 80g, diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot 75g, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups oil free 355ml, low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked green or brown lentils 100g
  • 2 small russet potatoes skin left on, cut into quarters
  • 2 small sweet potatoes skin left on, cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 packed cup collard greens 80g, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk 60ml
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 healthy turns black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. Measure out all of the Spice Mix ingredients and place them into a small bowl. Set aside for now. Prep and measure out the rest of the ingredients before you move to the next step.

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Press the saute button on your Instant Pot (IP) and let the inner pot heat up for about a minute. Add the onion, eggplant, celery, carrot, garlic and Spice Mix and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
  2. Turn off the IP and add the vegetable broth and the lentils and stir. Place a steamer basket or the trivet that came with your IP on top of the vegetable / lentil mixture and place the potatoes in the basket or on the trivet.
  3. Lock the lid into place, making sure the nozzle is in the sealing position. Use the manual setting and set the timer for 20 minutes. When the time is up, turn the Instant Pot off and carefully use the quick release method until all the pressure is out.
  4. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  5. Take off the lid and transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl with a pair of tongs. Carefully pour the veggie / lentil mixture into a 3 quart (2.8 liter) baking dish and remove and discard the bay leaf. Add the garbanzo bean flour and the collard greens to the baking dish and stir until combined.
  6. Mash the potatoes with a fork or a potato masher and then add the nondairy milk, nutritional yeast, 1/4 teaspoon salt and about 5 turns of black pepper. Stir until fluffy.
  7. Allow the veggie / lentil mixture and the potatoes to cool for about 20 minutes and then by large spoonfuls, scoop the potatoes and place them on top of the veggie / lentil  mixture. Gently spread them out with the back of the spoon so they are evenly distributed and covering all of the veggie / lentil mixture. If you’re feeling fancy, take a fork and lightly rake the tines across the top of the potatoes to make indentations.
  8. Place in the oven uncovered and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until the potatoes are golden and the filling is bubbling up out of the potatoes.
  9. Let your delicious Shepherd’s Pie rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Stove Top Directions:

  1. Preheat a medium-sized pot for about 1 minute over medium heat. Add onion, eggplant, celery, carrot, garlic and Spice Mix. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the veggies begin to soften and get lightly brown, stirring constantly so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add the vegetable broth and the lentils to the pot and stir. Bring to a low boil then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the lentils and veggies are tender.
  3. Carefully pour the veggie / lentil mixture into a 3 quart (2.8 liter) baking dish and remove and discard the bay leaf. Add the garbanzo bean flour and the collard greens to the baking dish and stir until combined.
  4. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and allow the veggie / lentil mixture to cool while moving on to the next step.
  5. Place the potatoes into large pot and fill with water until they are just covered. Bring to a low boil over medium high heat. Cover the pot and cook the potatoes for about 25 minutes or until they are tender. You should be able to easily pierce them all the way through with a fork.
  6. Drain the potatoes well and transfer to a large mixing bowl with a pair of tongs.
  7. Mash the potatoes with a fork or a potato masher and then add the nondairy milk, nutritional yeast, 1/4 teaspoon salt and about 5 turns of black pepper. Stir until fluffy.
  8. By large spoonfuls, scoop the potatoes and place them on top of the veggie / lentil  mixture. Gently spread them out with the back of the spoon so they are evenly distributed and covering all of the veggie / lentil mixture. If you’re feeling fancy, take a fork and lightly rake the tines across the top of the potatoes to make indentations.
  9. Place in the oven uncovered and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until the potatoes are golden and the filling is bubbling up out of the potatoes.
  10. Let your delicious Shepherd’s Pie rest for about 10 minutes before serving.