English & Vegan: Helen´s Vegan Shepherd´s Pie

When Nina and I travelled to England for the Brighton Vegfest we spend some days in London as well. Our first couchsurfing host was Helen. I can not imagine a better person for our very first couchsurfing experience! 🙂 Helen is such a nice person and she even showed us some beautiful places in London where you should go to if you’re a vegan.

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At our second evening together we cooked a very delicios vegan shepherd´s pie. English & vegan – I love it!!

Helen´s Vegan Shepherd´s Pie

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  • 2 big onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 – 2 carrots
  • 200g mushrooms
  • 1 zucchini/courgette
  • 4 -5 (medium) potatoes & 3 -4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter or margerine
  • vegan milk of your choice (soy/almond/oat etc.)
  • one big handful green lentils
  • one big handful black lentils
  • one big handful yellow split peas
  • 3 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • thyme & rosemary
  • nutritional yeast flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

Boil one liter water. Add the lentils and the peas.

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Return to a steady boil, tightly cover and simmer over a low heat for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

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In the meantime chop the onions and the garlic. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then fry onions and garlic until golden.

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Add chopped carrots, zucchini, mushrooms and a sprinkling of thyme and rosemary.

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Fry until carrots are soft. Add the drained lentils & peas and some water if needed.

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Season with miso paste, salt and pepper.

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Chop the potatoes and sweet potatoes into medium sized pieces and boil them with some salt until ready.

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Drain them and put them back in the pot. Add vegan butter, tomato puree, nutritional yeast flakes and some vegan milk.

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Mash potatoes with a potato masher, fork, or beat with electric hand mixer. Season to taste.

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Pile the lentil mixture into a pie dish, spoon the mash on top, then sprinkle over some nutritional yeast flakes, thyme and rosemary.

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Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cook for 20 mins – 30 mins until the potatoes are a bit crispy on top.

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As side dish we added fried kale (fry kale together with garlic and season with salt & pepper). YUMMY I swear!

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Enjoy!! 🙂

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