Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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October 19, 2020

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We all have days when only a comfort food dish will hit the spot.

The good news? Comfort food can be part of eating healthy! This Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is a nutritious take on a comfort food favourite. 

Packed with lentils and vegetables, this is a recipe that you can adapt to suit a vegan diet, or double quantities if you’d like to serve it as a family meal.

Healthy Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Servings: 2


  • Oil spray

  • Olive oil

  • 2 medium potatoes

  • 1 large onion

  • 2 Garlic cloves

  • 2 medium carrots

  • 60g (2 oz)mushroom

  • 160g (5.5 oz) tinned crushed tomatoes

  • 250ml (8.5 fl oz) salt-reduced vegetable stock

  • 460g (16 oz) canned lentils 

  • 40g cheddar or calcium-fortified non-dairy cheese 

  • Dried thyme

  • Sea salt

  • Ground pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 190C/370F (170C/340F fan-forced) and lightly spray a medium-sized pie or oven dish with oil spray.

2. Place the potato in a saucepan. Add enough cold water to almost cover and bring to the boil. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and return the potato to the saucepan. Using a potato masher, mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Place in a heat-proof bowl and cover with aluminium foil.

3. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring frequently.

4. Add the carrot and mushrooms and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, stock, lentils and thyme. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring gently. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

5. Pour the lentil mixture into the prepared pie or oven dish and spread the mashed potato evenly over the top. Sprinkle over the grated cheese.

6. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

7. To serve, place the Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie on a serving plate and enjoy!

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Planning your meals can keep you on track

If you’re committed to your health and fitness goals, a little planning can go a long way.

Just as you might schedule your workouts, putting time in your diary to meal plan, shop and cook food can make it easier to stick with healthy eating.

Meal prep is another way to make sure you’ve got nutritious food available, even on the days you’re feeling time-poor. This Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie can be frozen for reheating — just allow it to cool and then cover with wrap or place in a freezer bag and put in your freezer. It will keep for a couple of months, and will be ready to enjoy whenever you want a healthy comfort meal!

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* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.


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