Shepherd-Free Vegan Shepherds Pie with Garlic Chive Potato Crust

Hearty Shepherds Pie is classic Irish comfort food.  This vegan recipe uses a simple filling of carrots and peas, topped with a dairy-free Garlic Chive Potato crust.  Enjoy this fat-free, gluten-free dish for your next dinner party or just savor on a cold Monday night.

MEDIUM          Servings: 4       Ready In: 35 minutes

Vegan Shepherd's Pie with Garlic Chive Potato Crust - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipe

Vegan Shepherd's Pie with Garlic Chive Potato Crust - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipe

Chef's Tip: To save time, start by boiling the potatoes for the Garlic Chive Crust.  Then, they'll be ready to mash while the filling cooks

Chef's Tip: To save time, start by boiling the potatoes for the Garlic Chive Crust.  Then, they'll be ready to mash while the filling cooks

Chef's Gluten-Free Tip:  A little bit of brown rice flour helps thicken the filling for this healthy, vegan recipe

Chef's Gluten-Free Tip:  A little bit of brown rice flour helps thicken the filling for this healthy, vegan recipe

Ingredients

For Pie Filling:
2 medium carrot, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tbsp. brown rice flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup frozen peas

For Garlic Chive Mashed Potato Crust:
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped chives


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Vegan Shepherd's Pie with Garlic Chive Potato Crust - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipe

Procedure

Gather ingredients. Preheat broiler to "Hi" 

To make the Garlic Chive Mashed Potato Crust: Peel potatoes and cut into large pieces. 
Place potatoes and garlic cloves into a large pot and cover with water. 
Cover with a lid, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. 
Cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. 
While potatoes cook, start working on the filling. 

To make the filling: Prep your carrots, onion, and celery: peel and dice into 1/4 inch pieces. 
Heat a wide pan over medium-high heat. 
Add diced veggies, cover, and let brown for about 3-4 minutes
When onions are starting to brown, add the tomato paste, rosemary, and sage. 
Stir well to combine, cover, and cook 1-2 minutes, until tomato paste darkens. 
Add the brown rice flour and stir well to coat all of the veggies. 
Cook until flour is no longer white, just another minute or 2. 
Before the flour burns, add 2 cups of water (or vegetable stock). Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. 
Partially cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Check to make sure your carrots are tender, but not mushy. 
Remove the lid to cook off excess liquid. Simmer until thick and stew-like. Turn off heat when you reach this point. 

To finish Mashed Potato Crust and Make Pies: When potatoes are done, check that they can easily slide off a paring knife. 
Drain the potatoes. Return back to your hot pot. 
Add the almond milk, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and chives. 
Use a potato masher to mash well. 
Pour stew mixture into 4 individual pie tins (or use one larger tin for sharing)  
Spread Garlic Chive Mashed Potatoes over the stew mix. 
Place under the "Hi" broiler for just 4-5 minutes, until golden on top. 

Serve with a big hug.

Chef's Tips: You can easily scale this recipe down or up.  Using individual pie tins allows for single-portion sizes, perfect for prepping your meals on the weekend and simply reheating during the week.

Yield: 4 pies


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (about 1 pie)

Calories 173.38
Calories From Fat (5%) 9.21
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1.08g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.12g <1%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 402.18mg 17%
Potassium 876.22mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 34.47g 11%
Fiber 7.86g 31%
Sugar 6.74g
Protein 9.06g 18%
Calcium 19.01mg 2%
Iron 97.66mg 543%
Vitamin A 5914.06IU 118%
Vitamin C 2301.45mg 3836%


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