Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I really wanted Shepherd’s pie today, and since John isn’t eating meat, we thought we would try the Morningstar crumbles in place of the ground beef. John found this recipe on All Recipes for Zippy Shepherd’s pie. We converted it to a veggie recipe and made the changes below:
1 pound potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
3/4 pound Morningstar Crumbles
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (14 ounce) can veggie broth
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 can of petite diced tomatoes (15 oz)
7 ounces of diced carrots
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Peel and cut the potatoes. Place into a pot with water and boil for about 10 minutes until fork tender.
Now we used raw carrots instead of the frozen peas and carrots the recipe called for, so we cooked the carrots in the microwave for about 10 minutes with some water to cook them since the stove time is really short on this.
In a large pan, add the oil, the veggie crumbles, the onions and peppers and the garlic. Cook for several minutes until heated through. Then add the broth, curry powder, ketchup, worchestershire sauce and bring to a boil. Mix 1 tablespoon of corn starch with about 1 tablespoon of cold water and add to the pan. Stir well until the mixture starts to thicken. Then add in the tomatoes and cooked carrots and simmer. We cooked this for probably 10 minutes or so while we got the potatoes mashed. This thickened up the sauce nicely. If you don’t do this, you might want to do another round of cornstarch/water.
After draining the potatoes, mash together with the butter, milk, salt and pepper.
Turn on the oven broiler. Take a large casserole dish and pour in the ‘meat’ filling. Spread the mashed potatoes on top. There really aren’t a lot of potatoes in this version, so the top layer is a little thin. Then top with the cheddar cheese and broil for a couple minutes until the cheese is melted. We almost burned ours LOL! I had to take off the really dark part of the cheese.
Verdict? This was quite tasty! I would definitely make it again. It’s pretty filling, too.
Nutritional information: This is calculated with our changes above. Obviously if you use real meat, it will be different.
This makes 6 servings. Each serving has 293 calories, 32 grams of carbs, 11 grams of fat, 18 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.