Shepherd’s Pie is a favorite in many households in Britain. It was a way for people to use up scraps of meat and veggies. It’s a delicious and budget-friendly meal! I made this low-carb version using cauliflower and sweet potatoes for the topping, and replaced meat with protein-rich lentils! BONUS: it fits my meal plan for my latest fitness/nutrition program! Click HERE to learn more about it.
1 1/2 cups (any) lentils, dry
3 Carrots, medium (diced)
3 stalks celery (diced)
1 Yellow onion (diced)
3 cloves Garlic
1/2 tsp Oregano, ground
1 tsp Thyme, ground
3 sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped)
1 head cauliflower (chopped and destemmed)
6 tsp of butter (Olive Oil would work here too if you’re vegan)
3 Tbs. nutritional yeast
1 Tbs. Dijon Mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook lentils according to package instructions.
- While lentils are cooking, sautee carrots, celery, mushrooms and onion until onions are translucent. Then add garlic and seasonings. Stir frequently.
- Once lentils are cooked, add them to the vegetable mix, as well as the vegetable broth. Let simmer for a few minutes to let flavors mesh.
- In a large pot, boil water and add sweet potatoes. Let them cook for 5-7 minutes until they begin to get fork tender. Then add the chopped cauliflower (add this later because they cook quicker). Once both are fork tender, drain and place in a food processor or blender, along with 6 tsp of melted butter, dijon mustard and nutritional yeast. Blend until creamy. ** You are basically making mashed potatoes here, and you may wish to add milk or cream. I did not because I needed this to fit my meal plan.
- In a large baking dish (sprayed with cooking spray) pour the lentil and vegetable mix and with a spatula, spread even. Then top with the cauliflower/sweet potato mash, and spread evenly with a spatula.
- Place in the oven for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden.
PORTION FIX COUNTS:
If you are making this 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme or 80 Day Obsession approved, you will divide the entire thing into 6 servings. A serving would be 1 green container (veggies and cauliflower), 1 red container (lentils), 1 yellow container (sweet potato) and 1 tsp (butter or olive oil).
If you make this recipe, I would love to know what you thought!