Lentil Veggie Shepherds Pie

lentil veggie shepherds pie recipe


I’ve decided I really need to share more meal type recipes on this blog and will be starting with this new recipe for lentil veggie shepherds pie. If you are trying to get your kids to eat more veggies or another option for Meatless Monday this recipe will do the trick!
Warm spices, butternut squash, lentils and tomatoes simmered on the stove for awhile then spooned into oven proof dishes and topped with creamy mashed potatoes and then baked for 30 minutes.
How does that sound to you?
I am also planning on sharing more hosting tips and ways to entertain gluten free!
While this recipe does have a few extra steps it is not a complicated recipe. There are 4 steps to this recipe.

  1. Chop all veggies and mix base ingredients and simmer on stove for about an hour.
  2. Cook and then mash potatoes.
  3. Spoon base mixture into small oven proof dishes and top with the creamy mashed potatoes.
  4. Top mixture with shredded cheese if you like and bake in oven for 30 minutes.

That’s it! Not too bad, right?

Lentil Veggie Shepherds Pie

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups butternut squash, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fennel
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can (540 ml/ 19 fl oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 litre gluten free vegetable stock
  • 6 potatoes, peeled, boiled and then mashed.
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (optional topping)

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil on low in a medium saucepan.
  • Add the onion, garlic and spices and sauté on low heat stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes.
  • Add butternut squash, carrots and celery and increase heat to medium.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste, canned tomatoes, vegetable stock and lentils and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Stir.
  • Turn heat to low, cover pan and simmer for an hour.In a medium saucepan filled with water add potatoes, cover and cook until tender.
  • Drain potatoes and mash.
  • Add a Tbsp butter (or vegan “butter) and a bit of milk (or goats milk) to mashed potatoes and mix until smooth.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spoon lentil veggie mixture into oven proof dishes about 3/4 full.
  • Top with mashed potatoes and then optional shredded cheese.
  • Place dishes on a cookie sheet and place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and serve!
  • Enjoy!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Makes enough for 4-6 servings depending on size of oven proof dishes

lentil veggie shepherds pie recipe
lentil veggie shepherds pie recipe
lentil veggie shepherds pie recipe



Chicken and Lentil Soup

chicken lentil soup recipe


Hello January!
How is 2016 going for everyone? Did you make any new year resolutions and are you sticking with them or have you let the resolution subside already?
I have been sticking to mine EXCEPT one.
Which one is that?
Well, it was to blog more, not to procrastinate and avoid writing. As you can see this is my first blog of the year so I definitely did not keep that resolution.
But I am here, I am sitting at the table with a cold drink, my notebooks and loose papers with jotted recipes and ideas around me.
I am going to sit here and write out 5 new blogs which means 5 new gluten free recipes for you all.
Excited?
Truthfully I had all these new recipes ready the beginning of the year but I hit a mental block and just did not sit, type them out and share them with you.
I apologize for procrastinating but I resolve to try and get better at this stuff.
Deal?
So what is the first recipe I am sharing in 2016?
It is for soup. A soup filled with winter veggies, lentils and a bit of chicken.
It is a warm and comforting soup that is perfect for a chilly winter night.
If you are vegetarian you could omit the chicken and this soup with the lentils already has protein in it.
Do you eat lentils?
If you do not I would definitely start adding lentils into your meal plan. Lentils are a great source of protein, fibre, potassium, folate and iron and are also called pulses.
Did you now 2016 is International Year of Pulses?
You can find a ton of recipes for lentils on lentils.ca but I will also be adding more gluten free lentil recipes to my site this year.

Chicken and Lentil Soup

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 head of green cabbage, chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh jalapeño
  • 1 tsp  minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 540 ml canned lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup strained tomatoes
  • 1 L gluten free chicken stock
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp herbs de Provence
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup cream Optional
  • shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese as a topping for soup Optional

Instructions
 

  • Sauté carrots, celery, jalapeño and garlic in olive oil in a medium soup pot.
  • Add chopped chicken and herbs and heat to medium.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Add cabbage, sun dried tomatoes and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Turn heat to low and add chicken broth, bay leaves and strained tomatoes and let simmer, covered for an hour.
  • Add lentils and baby spinach and stir.
  • Cover pot again and let simmer for another 20 minutes.
  • Optionally add 1/2 cream to soup in the end.
  • Pour soup into individual bowls and top with shredded Asiago cheese.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Enjoy!

chicken lentil soup recipe
chicken lentil soup recipe

Looking for Delicious Salad Recipes?

In my Gluten Free Salads Cookbook you can find 27 other delicious recipes your friends and family will love, including: Cucumber Herb Salad, Roasted Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad, Sesame Noodle Salad and many more. Purchase yours today.

Gluten Free Rice, Lentil and Quinoa Salad

gluten free dairy free rice lentil quinoa salad recipe
I like salads!
In fact I could eat salads almost every meal, well, not for breakfast normally but definitely for lunch and supper. (I even have my 27 favorite salads available in my cookbook.)
I really like salads that will last in the refrigerator for a couple of days too and how I normally do that is by putting them in canning jars.
You can fill them to the right portion size that you want, put the lid on and grab and go.
Basically just give the jar a bit of a shake and it is a good as when you made it.
This is one of those salads.
This salad would be great for a bbq or picnic in the summer too.
No mayo or dairy ingredients that you have to worry about in the summer heat.
Barbecue up some chicken breasts or steaks and all you really need is this salad to go with it.

Gluten Free Rice, Lentil and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cooked and cooled black or wild rice
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled green lentils
  • 1/2 cup cooked and cooled edamame
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups baby kale or spinach finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted
  • wedges of limes to serve
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 small red chile pepper, seeds removed
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce

Instructions
 

  • Chop the red chile pepper and jalapeño into smaller pieces.
  • Add this to a mini food processor and pulse until peppers are finely crushed.
  • Add the rest of the dressing ingredients and pulse until dressing is smooth.
  • In a large bowl combine all the salad ingredients except the lime wedges.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and stir.
  • Spoon salad into small jars.
  • Place lids on jars and place in refrigerator.
  • This salad will last 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • Enjoy!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
gluten free dairy free rice lentil quinoa salad recipe
gluten free dairy free rice lentil quinoa salad recipe