I hope you all had an awesome holiday, and holiday weekend!!  We decorated for Christmas, I am already in the spirit and so excited!! I love this time of the year.  I am sure you have some leftovers from Thanksgiving, most people end up with lots.  Some might argue they are the best part of the meal!! If you have some mashed potatoes left over, like maybe you made some Healthy Mashed Potatoes, this is an awesome way to re-purpose them into an amazingly delicious meal.  Of course, you can also just make a fresh batch for this recipe, delicious and easy any way you slice it!!

I have long been a lover of shepherd’s pie.  Really, mashed potatoes make everything better.  The last time we were at Disney, hubby got the shepherd’s pie at the English restaurant in Epcot, and he loved it.  I have been dying to make it for a while, but knew I wouldn’t enjoy it as much unless it was chilly out.

I have to say that I could eat this every day.  I think I might say that a lot.  But I only say it when I mean it.  I often go back and make recipes that I have posted that stick out to me, and this is going to be one of those.  It was really easy to whip up, and super comforting.

It’s also chock full of veggies, all of which you can find in the dead of winter, when it’s slim pickings.  And it’s super filling in a way that will fill you up and not out.

Hubby topped his with some cheddar cheese, and was totally in love with the addition, I had mine without and also thought it was amazing.  So if you are not vegan and want to add some cheddar, go for it! I would recommend putting it on top of the potatoes and broiling it.

Health highlights of portabella mushrooms:  A new and surprising find in the world of mushrooms is that, like humans, they produce vitamin D in the sunlight.  Some studies have shown that they can actually produce enough vitamin D to reverse a deficiency!  Vitamin D is an area much research has been focused on in recent years, and they have linked low vitamin D to a range of health issues including heart disease, cancer, obesity and osteoporosis.  Portabellas are also good sources of B vitamins, iron, fiber, potassium, and many other minerals as well as antioxidants!

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie (also vegan)
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon EV Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 2 Carrots (diced)
  • 6 ounces Mushrooms (I used baby bellas – sliced)
  • 1 can Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ cup Frozen Corn
  • ½ cup Frozen Peas
  • 2 teaspoons Worchester Sauce (I used vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
  • ¾ cup Vegetable Broth
Topping:
Instructions
  1. In a large pan cook the carrots and onions until the carrots soften
  2. Add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms soften
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer
  4. Pour the filling into a casserole dish and top with the mashed potatoes
  5. Serve and enjoy!!!

 

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