Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shepard's Vegan GF Pie!

Once the fall weather begins to arrive the "comfort food" bell goes off in my head.  Shepard's pie has always been a favorite of my family when we were carnivores.  Just because we don't eat meat doesn't mean we can't have something bubbly and delicious out of the oven on a cool fall day.

5 organic russet potatoes
2 large organic yams
1 package tempeh
1/2 organic onion chopped
2 whole carrots peeled and cut into circles
1 package frozen organic green beans
2 tablespoons ground flax
1/4 cup non dairy milk
white wine

Begin by cutting the potatoes and yams and bringing to a boil. ( I leave the skin on the russets and peel the yams, that part is up to personal preference) Cook the potatoes until fork tender.

Steam the whole bag of green beans, being careful to keep them crisp.

In a separate skillet, saute the chopped onion in white wine.  Peel and cut the carrots into small circles and add to the onions in the wine.  When the wine evaporates, add some water to continue sauteing.   Cut up the tempeh into very small pieces and add to the onion/carrot mixture.  Add fresh ground black pepper.  Add more wine to the skillet and keep stirring the mixture until the tempeh browns slightly.  You may have to add water or more wine to de-glaze the skillet and keep the mixture from burning. 

When the potatoes are cooked, strain them and put them into a mixing bowl.  Add the ground flax, the non dairy milk and salt and pepper.  Using a hand masher or mixer, mash the potatoes until they are the consistency you prefer.

Smooth a thin layer of the potatoes on the bottom of an 8 x 13 in baking dish.  Layer all the green beans on top of the potatoes.  Then sprinkle the tempeh mixture on top of the green beans.  Use the rest of the potatoes as a final layer to your shepherd's pie.   Place in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes, (heat longer if you have it saved and refrigerated for later cooking!).

Two nights a week I teach a class so I usually leave a dish like this for my husband to reheat and serve.  You may want to get creative with your green beans and leave your family a message to be revealed when dinner begins...

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