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Meatless Monday – Easiest Shepherd’s Pie Ever

 

Would you believe that I have ANOTHER recipe for you today? And, get this, it’s not dessert!

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So last week I was over-focusing on the fact that my son really doesn’t eat vegetables.

And while I am aware that most children don’t love their produce, I have decided it is slightly unacceptable that my son doesn’t make more of an effort to let a few vegetables pass through his lips.

He is a really good eater. Always has been. He has a growing boy’s appetite and has never been finicky or picky.

He will try things and get adventurous but the veggies remain our struggle.

Then I remembered Amy’s Organic Shepherd’s Pie.

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Loaded with organic vegetables, meat-free and topped with mashed potato, I started stocking my freezer with this Shepherd’s Pie when he was a baby because he loved it.

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He looks clean here but trust me, we could have won messiest kid in a high chair award if such an award existed.  

Not only was he famous for putting the food in his hair, this kid had a knack for taking pieces of food and shoving them into the little crevices of the Peg Perego Prima Pappa high chair which could rarely be removed.

Lately I have forgotten to keep this Shepherd’s Pie stocked in the freezer. Does that happen to you?

Like, you go through phases of buying the same things over and over and then one day, with no rhyme or reason, you just stopped buying the item and forget all about it.

It’s been a good six months since that Amy’s Shepherd’s Pie has been in my freezer which means it’s been a good six months since my son has eaten his veggie-loaded Shepherd’s Pie.

Having this realization last week when I was short on time and couldn’t get to the store, I realized I could make the vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie myself.

Sort of from scratch but not really AND pull it together super quick!

Enter Amy’s Organic (Light In Sodium) Lentil Vegetable Soup.

Meatless Sheppards Pie

Basically the same thing as her Shepherd’s Pie filling (but not because the soup is lentils and the pie I think is chick peas but go with it).

Meatless Sheppards Pie

The genius that I am decided to dump the can of soup into a loaf pan, add some spices, a serving of chick peas, a drop of tomato soup and marinara sauce for added flavor and then top it all off with mashed potato.

Meatless Sheppards Pie

You do not have to add the tomato soup by the way if you don’t have any. I had a container of it opened and wanted to make use of it.

As for the mashed potato, since my time was limited, all I did was quickly scrub a regular potato, throw it in the microwave for a few minutes and then mashed it with a fork, a drop of Earth Balance and then crumbled it on top of soup mixture.

I wanted to use a sweet potato but didn’t want to push my luck with him just yet.

Placed in the oven for about half an hour, the potato gets all crispy on top yet remains mushy as it sits on top of the veggie-loaded tasty filling.

Meatless Sheppard's Pie

One pan is enough for two people but if you have a hearty appetite, you could eat the whole thing and not stress it because it’s super healthy and packed with valuable plant-based nutrients.

Is this not perfect for Meatless Monday or what?

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Meatless Monday – Easiest Shepherd’s Pie Ever
 
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • One can Amy's Organic Low Sodium Lentil Vegetable Soup
  • ¼ cup Trader Joe's Roasted Red Pepper Soup (low sodium)
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce
  • ⅓ cup chick peas
  • 1 large potato (either white or sweet) mashed
  • Optional: small spoonful Earth Balance (or butter of choice)
  • Seasonings such as pepper, oregano etc.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cook the potato (either in the microwave, oven or in boiling water until completely soft).
  3. In a bowl, mash the potato (you can leave the skin on or off, up to you) with a spoonful of Earth Balance and add spices if you wish (like oregano, salt, pepper etc.)
  4. Empty the can of soup into a loaf pan.
  5. Add chick peas, tomato soup (if using) and marinara sauce.
  6. Mix to combine.
  7. Crumble your mashed potato on top.
  8. Bake in the oven for about thirty minutes or until top totally brown and soup bubbling underneath.
Notes
You do not have to add both the tomato soup and marinara sauce.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Meatless Monday recipes in the link-up hosted by Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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What’s one food you can think of that you suddenly stopped buying without realizing?

When you were a kid, did you eat vegetables? Which ones?

If you have children, are they picky eaters? Is the high chair a disaster for you to clean every day?

 

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  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner December 15, 2014, 6:32 am

    Fun Fact: I have never had shepard’s pie. One item I used to always buy while grocery shipping was [cow’s] milk. Now I never buy it because I can not drink it fast enough before it spoils. I am hardly home at night . Now all I use is almond milk or soy milk. Which doesn’t expire as fast!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 15, 2014, 6:36 am

      I can’t drink almond milk (allergies) but I do find if I buy the organic skim milk (like Horizon or something) that we can get through it because the shelf-life date is longer than most. I only use it for coffee so I totally understand the not being able to get through it before it goes bad!

  • Tina Muir December 15, 2014, 6:34 am

    that sounds amazing! Exactly what I love to eat! Shepherds pie is another meal that reminds me of home too! I love that this is a meatless version (of course for you!), sometimes I think about how I would go about that. GOOD idea! Thanks so much for linking up with us! I hope you do more often!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 15, 2014, 6:37 am

      If you load the “pie” with beans and lentils, it’s pretty hardy and filling but you could add meat if you wanted to!

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables December 15, 2014, 7:27 am

    We were at a friends house last night for dinner and she made a meatless shepherd’s pie! It was soooo good. (Her’s had veggies + lentils!) I was begging for the recipe because it was so good! Now if I’m in a pinch, I’ll remember this easy trick 😉 Perfect for a weeknight!
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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe December 15, 2014, 7:38 am

    I definitely was a veggie eater. Always have been! Different degrees of veggies, and different ones, but always a veggie eater. Unfortunately, I’m not much of one for lentils…. but I’ll just find another soup to use!
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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine December 15, 2014, 7:39 am

    I was pretty good about eating vegetables as a kid, and actually Ive always loved broccoli! I had a hard time with salad until I went to college and then started experimenting a bit more. I definitely go through phases where i buy the same things week after week and then as I make some changes suddenly I realize there are certain things I haven’t bough in months. A lot of the staples that I stopped eating when I experimented with paleo over the summer I still don’t buy anymore- like rice and cous cous. They are good to have on hand and I should probably stock on up some just to keep in the house!
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  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner December 15, 2014, 7:53 am

    Creative indeed! Whatever works to get them to eat their veggies right?? Thanks for linking up with us today and bringing your yummy looking recipe
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 15, 2014, 8:16 am

    Can you believe that I don’t think I’ve ever had shepherd’s pie? Which is absolutely crazy seeing how much I love potatoes. Actually, potatoes were one of the only veggies I’d eat as a kid. Those, corn, peas, and raw carrots… anything else was no go. I wouldn’t tough a lot of veggies until I was well into my 20’s, and I turned out alright 😛
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 15, 2014, 5:18 pm

      I never ate Shephard’s Pie as a kid or much as an adult. It was never something I would crave or look forward to eating. I like this version though.

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma December 15, 2014, 8:16 am

    I think the only Shepherds pie I’ve had is the one at Cheesecake Factory and of course it was delicious. I have a feeling your version is much healthier and less coma inducing than CF!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 15, 2014, 5:17 pm

      We were at Cheesecake Factory last night! My fave place. Some of their dishes are definitely coma-inducing!

  • Jessie December 15, 2014, 9:17 am

    This is probably the easiest & quickest shepherd pie recipe I’ve ever seen. Which trust me, I’m not complaining! Can you believe it wasn’t until about month or two ago that I had Shepherd pie for the first time EVER? I was quite said it took me so long to try it since it was delicious!!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 15, 2014, 5:16 pm

      I don’t think I can recall ever eating Shepherd’s Pie as kid or much as an adult either. It was never really my “thing” in terms of cravings but this meatless one was really good!

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus December 15, 2014, 9:28 am

    Wow! This is an easy recipe. Look delicious, too! thanks for sharing!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 15, 2014, 5:14 pm

      Such an easy recipe while still being healthy and packed with vegetables.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets December 15, 2014, 9:46 am

    This is a genius idea. I love quick, easy and practical meals which also convert leftovers into something new and exciting, and this fits the bill on all accounts. Nicely done.

  • Ashley @ Kickashmom December 15, 2014, 1:19 pm

    I love me some Shepard pie. This would make a great meal for me to make now because I’m in low fuss cooking mode right now.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 15, 2014, 5:12 pm

      Totally – it was so easy to throw together yet still really healthy and hearty.

  • Lizzy December 15, 2014, 4:16 pm

    I’m going to have to remember this recipe for a lazy day. I love shepherds pie!

    I was a pretty picky eater as a kid, but not about vegetables, oddly enough. Veggies (excluding mushrooms, which I still hate) were the one thing I would consistently eat.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 15, 2014, 5:12 pm

      I was the pickiest eater until my mid=20’s. Now I eat every vegetable while as a kid, I only ate peas, carrots and corn.

  • lindsay December 17, 2014, 3:38 pm

    you are pure genius! I love that soup, so making the pie next!