Autumn Lentil & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

 

Total time
Serves: 9
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
Ingredients
Topping
  • 3 large (or 5 small) organic sweet potatoes, thoroughly washed + peeled and roughly chopped into big chunks
  • 2 Tbsp (30 g) coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
Filling
  • 1 Tbsp (15 g) coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced (55 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp or 6 g)
  • 1 1/2 cups (288 g) uncooked green lentils, rinsed and drained (I soaked & sprouted mine to improve digestibility)
  • 4 cups (960 ml) vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen mixed veggies: peas, carrots, green beans, and corn
Mushrooms optional
  • 2 portobello mushrooms (~40 g) , stems removed and sliced in 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 Tbsp (60 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) melted coconut oil or avocado oil (sub water if avoiding oil)
  • Pinch each sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (3 g)
Instructions
  1. Place sweet potatoes in a large pot and fill with water until they’re just covered. Bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce to medium-high heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until they slide off a knife very easily.
  2. Once cooked, drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Use a masher or fork to mash until smooth. Add coconut oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Loosely cover and set aside.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, preheat oven to 246 C and lightly grease a 9×13-inch (or similar size) baking dish.
  4. If adding (optional), add portobello mushrooms to a shallow dish. Top with balsamic vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Toss to combine and let marinate for 5 minutes.
  5. Next heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onions, and garlic and sauté until lightly browned and caramelized – about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Add a pinch each salt and pepper. Then add sprouted or soaked lentils, vegetable broth, and thyme and stir. Bring to a low boil. Then reduce heat to simmer. Continue cooking until lentils are tender (20-30 minutes).
  7. (If adding mushrooms) while lentils cook, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add a dash of oil and the mushrooms with their marinade. Spread into an even layer and cook on one side for 2-3 minutes. Then carefully flip and cook on other side for 2-3 minutes. Then remove from heat and set aside.
  8. In the last 10 minutes of cooking the lentils, add the frozen veggies, stir, and cover to meld the flavours together. Drain off any extra vegetable stock (there shouldn’t be much). Taste and adjust flavour as needed, adding more salt and pepper for overall flavour.
  9. Transfer the lentil mixture to your oven-safe baking dish and top with portobello mushrooms (optional) then mashed sweet potatoes. Smooth down with a spoon or fork and season with another crack of pepper and a little sea salt (and more thyme if desired).
  10. Set on a baking sheet to catch any overflow and bake for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned on top and the edges are bubbling.
  11. 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 up to 4-5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheats well in the microwave or in the oven.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/9th of recipe Calories: 273 Fat: 5.7 g Saturated fat: 0.8 g Carbohydrates: 43.6 g Sugar: 13.8 g Sodium: 409 mg Fiber: 13.8 g Protein: 12.6 g
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