Wednesday, November 21, 2007

0 Vegetarian Shepherds Pie Recipe (fat free)

This recipe is made very often in my home as it is so very tasty!!

My Vegetarian/Vegan Shepherd's Pie recipe is so delicious that we have not used minced meat in a very long time to cook a shepherd's pie. The meat alternative in this recipe is mung beans, if you have never used mung beans you will wonder how they could replace meat, but trust me when I say that these are one of the meatiest tasting beans there is!

This shepherds pie recipe tastes so good that you will forget that you ever cooked it without meat as you will be far too busy savouring the delicious flavours coming off your spoon! This recipe is also fat free.

It is always best to use a pressure cooker for this recipe as the consistency is a lot better, but if you don't use one then just make sure you cook all your pie filling till it is soft textured.

Also if you do not use butter in your mashed potatoes like in this recipe then use Vivaldi Potatoes as they are so creamy in taste that it would not be necessary to add any butter.

I promise you that once you taste my vegetarian/vegan recipe you will never look at a meat made pie the same ever again.

1 Cup Mung Beans
1 Pint Water (or just over 2 cups)
2 Carrots (diced small)
1 Small Leek (diced small)
1 Small Onion (diced small)
1 Small Celery Stick (diced small)
1 Parsnip (diced small)
Salt and Pepper
8-10 Small Vivaldi Potatoes

Getting Started.....

Take your cup of mung beans and place them in a dish. Carefully pour just over 1 pint or 2-2+1/2 cups of hot water or until the beans are fully covered with double the amount of water. Leave them to soak for a few hours I soaked mine for 8 hours they will cook after being soaked for 1-2 hours in a pressure cooker. If you are not using a pressure cooker you need to soak your beans over night.

When your beans are ready they will have plumped up a little. Rinse them under cold water and place them into your pressure cooker. Now add all your vegetables on top of your mung beans but do NOT mix or stir them. Put your potatoes on to boil in some salted water at least 10 minutes before you cook your Shepard's pie filling.

Pour in enough water until you see it start to come up through the vegetables. This is enough water to cook them in. Place on your cooker lid correctly and bring to the boil, once boiling turn down the heat to the lowest setting and cook for 20 minutes.

When your potatoes are soft mash them through a sieve to ensure there is no lumps.

When your beans are cooked stir thoroughly and add salt to season.

Pour your shepherds pie filling into an oven dish. Scoop spoon fulls of your mashed potatoes and gradually cover your whole pie.

With the back of your spoon even all the potato flat. Take a fork and put diagonals across the whole pie.

Place your shepherds pie under a hot grill until your pie topping had gone all golden brown.

To make Brussels Sprouts just boil then in some salted water for a few minutes then they will be ready.

Your pie is ready.

Enjoy Jeena's Shepherds Pie. :)

This is how every plate looks after eating Jeenas Vegetarian shepherds pie .... You will love this dish, So let's get Cooking !

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