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Cook2 hrs 15 mins
I make regular Shepherd's Pie all the time. My family loves it. This is a very interesting version with lentil filling from www.drweil.com. Enjoy!
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (medium or large)
- 6 white potatoes, peeled and cubed (medium or large)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
CURRIED LENTIL FILLING
- 3 1⁄4 cups purified water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup lentils
- 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
- 1 cup sliced onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms or 1 cup button mushroom
- 1⁄2 cup broccoli floret
- 1⁄2 cup red bell pepper (you can also use yellow)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2⁄3 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 zucchini, cut in rounds (about 2 cups)
- 1 cup breadcrumbs or 1 cup premade crouton
- 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced scallions or 1⁄2 cup green onion
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop the cubed sweet and white potatoes into the water and simmer for 45 minutes. They should be easily pierced with a fork. Strain the potatoes, reserving 2 cups of the water. Pour 1 cup of the water back into the pot and mash the potatoes using a potato masher or a large fork. Add the olive oil, Italian seasoning, and Cajun seasoning and mash again until seasonings are completely blended into the potatoes.
- Meanwhile, cook the lentils: Bring 3 cups of the water to a boil. Add the bay leaf, lentils, and Cajun seasoning and cook for 45 minutes. Remove from heat when completely cooked and let cool briefly. Drain off any liquid.
- Saute the onions, garlic, mushrooms, broccoli, and bell peppers in the olive oil in a large sauce pan until the onions are transparent and limp, about 4 minutes. Add the reserved cup of potato water, nutritional yeast, salt, and curry powder and stir until everything is blended inches Add to the cooked lentils. Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining 1/4 cup water and stir it into the lentil and vegetable mixture. Continue to cook for 3 more minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
- Line the bottom of a casserole dish with the zucchini rounds. Sprinkle half of the bread crumbs or croutons on top of the zucchini. Spoon out 4 cups of the mashed potatoes and spread across the zucchini rounds. Spoon out 2 cups of the curried lentils and spread on top of the potatoes. Spoon the remainder of the mashed potatoes and smooth them out on top. Sprinkle the rest of the bread crumbs and the scallions or green onion on top. Bake for 50 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.