So enamoured was I of the Thug Kitchen black-bean-quinoa mixture that I started thinking the combo would make a great sub for ground meat in a shepherd’s pie, so I tried this version tonight, and the result was the bomb diggity!
If you like shepherd’s pie, give it a try!!
It’s particularly good with the potato-cauliflower topping, so here you go!
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Saute the following in a lightly oiled pan until the vegetables are cooked, but not mushy (again, you want them al dente):
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1 zucchini, shredded
- 1 cup celery , diced
- 1 cup broccoli or cauliflower, chopped
- 2 cups cooking greens, chopped (I used kale and Swiss chard from the garden)
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked in vegetable broth)
- 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce)
- 1 tsp. liquid smoke (optional, but it gives it a bit of a “meaty” taste)
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 TBS. tomato paste
- 2 TBS Better Than Bouillon paste (vegetable or mushroom)
- 1 can black beans, drained and pulsed in the blender four or five times
- 1 1/2 cups peas (optional)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
Let this cook for a few minutes until some of the liquid is boiled off, but not so long that the vegetables are mushy.
Next make Rosemary-Garlic Mashed Potato and Cauliflower to top.
Place the mixture in an oven-proof dish and top with the cauliflower-potato mixture.
Rake the top to create peaks, and bake @ 450 for 30 minutes (until peaks are golden brown).
I served it with freshly made cole slaw, James’ plum chutney, and a couple of freshly baked baguettes.
The meal was perfect for a stormy fall evening in front of the fire.
Oh, and we had the season finale of The Great British Bake Off to watch as well so it was a very enjoyable evening indeed!!