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Veggie shepherd's pie

Traditionally made with lamb, I've swapped out the lamb for red lentils (your main protein source) and a lot of veg! Really quite tasty and packed with goodness! One portion gets you over 20g of protein. The chopping means it takes a bit of time, so definitely one to make in advance and stick in the oven to cook when ready for it (also freezable so I sometimes make 2 and stick one away!). You can experiment with any veg in there too, depending on what you've got, what's in season and what needs using up!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 2 crushed garlic cloves

  • 1 pepper chopped (I used yellow but any would work!)

  • 2 courgettes

  • 2 carrots chopped

  • Half a butternut squash (I've made this with and without squash - sub'd in around 4 or 5 more carrots when no squash)

  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried

  • 250g red lentils

  • 750 ml veg stock (3 tsp veg bouillon or 3 stock cubes in hot water)

  • 400g chopped tomatoes

  • 3 tbsp tomato puree

  • 1kg potatoes - I used a mix of sweet and maris piper, peeled and cut into chunks

  • Splash of milk or olive oil, to help with the mash

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Optional: worcester sauce

  • Optional: grated cheese for mash topping


  • Heat over to 190 / 170 fan

  • Heat olive oil in large pan and fry onion and garlic for a few mins until softened

  • Add all the other veg and cook for around 10 mins

  • Add the lentils, stock, chopped toms, tomato puree, thyme and stir. Add a few tbs of worcester sauce if using.

  • Cover and leave to simmer for 20-25 mins, until lentils become soft / pulpy

  • Meanwhile boil the potatoes for around 15-20mins until tender. Drain and mask with the milk / oil and salt & pepper

  • Spoon lentil / veg mixture into and oven proof dish & top with the mash. If adding grated cheese, do this now!

  • Bake in the oven until mash starts to crisp and brown at edges - around 20 mins

  • Serve with salad, or greens - like broccoli or green beans.

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