Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie
Ingredients:10 large potatoes
3/4 cup Almond milk (more or less to your preferred consistency)
1- 8 ounce tub Galaxy chive & garlic vegan cream cheese alternative
Salt to taste
3 Tablespoons olive oil (divided into 1 and 2 Tablespoon amounts)
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounces baby Bella mushrooms
6 ounces shiitake mushrooms
4 cups cooked lentils with a little of their cooking liquid
2 Tablespoons dry red wine
2 Tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons original Mrs. Dash seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Freshly ground pepper to taste
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
12 ounces baby spinach, roughly chopped
2 cups panko bread crumbs
Method:1: Peel and dice the potatoes. Place in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.
2: While the potatoes are cooking, heat 2 Tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and mushrooms and continue to sauté until the onion is golden.
3: Drain cooked potatoes and transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir the vegan cream cheese alternative into the potatoes until melted, then add the almond milk and mash until fluffy. Cover and set aside until needed. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit .
4: Add the lentils and their liquid and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in the wine, soy sauce, seasoning blend, thyme, and pepper. Cook gently for 5 minutes. Combine the cornstarch with just enough water to dissolve in a small container. Stir into the lentil mixture.
5: Add the spinach, a little at a time, cooking just until it’s all wilted down. Remove from the heat; taste to adjust seasonings to your liking.
6: Lightly oil a 3-quart casserole dish. Scatter the breadcrumbs evenly over the bottom. Pour in the lentil mixture, and then spread the potatoes evenly over the top.
7: Bake for 40 minutes, or until the potatoes begin to turn golden and slightly crusty. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
*Kitchen Notes*~ I love Galaxy chive & garlic vegan cream cheese , it's great for a vegan alternative to butter, sour cream or regular cream cheese in mashed potatoes.
~Don't skip the step of covering the bottom of your casserole dish with panko... the crunch that it gives the dish is so delicious!
If you would like to try some other fabulous vegan lentil dishes, try these:
Cauliflower and Lentil Coconut Curry from vegangela
Vegan Lentil Chili with Roasted Red Peppers, Olives, andGreen Onion from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Vegan: Lentil and Coconut Soup with Cilantro-HabañeroGremolata from Serious Eats
Spanish Lentils and Mushrooms from herbivoracious
Ultimate Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf from Oh She Glows