When I was a kid we ate Shepherd’s pie here and there. It was good. But it was never my favourite thing. Something about the mush on mush just wasn’t appealing…Now that I’m a grown ass lady I find myself making this vegetarian Shepherd’s pie on a somewhat regular basis, especially when there is a chill in the air. We had it the other night and to switch things up, I replaced the vegetable broth with a can of coconut milk. Well hola. Now that made a good, comfort food that was all different kinds of satisfying. It was a hit.

I wasn’t planning on sharing this recipe. But when it turned out so delicious I snapped a few photos and here you are. Plus, I’m happy to share since it has become such a staple cold weather dish in our house. Hope you enjoy!

* Please bring you attention to our wonderful baby/toddler in the second photo. About to cause mayhem.




Coconut Shepherd’s Pie
Slightly adapted from The Kitchn’s “Lentil, Mushroom & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie”

3 sweet potatoes
1 cup brown or green lentils, washed and picked over
3/4 cup uncooked steel cut oats
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound mushrooms
1 medium yellow onion
1 large carrot
1 celery stalk
1 garlic clove
1 can fuel fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
2. Cube the sweet potatos. Throw them on a baking sheet with some coconut oil and a pinch of salt.
3. Pop them in the oven and set the timer for 45 minutes.
4. While the potats are cooking, dice the onion, carrot, celery, mushrooms and mince the garlic.
5. Now, add the oats, lentils, bay leaf and water to a pot. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so nothing gets stuck to the bottom. Cause that’s the worst.
6. Add some coconut oil to a big pot and throw in the garlic and onions. After a couple minutes add the carrots,celery and mushrooms.
7. Once the veggies are looking nice and cooked. Add the lentil/oat mixtures to them.
8. Along with, the coconut milk, soy sauce and paprika.
9. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
10. Let it do it’s thing on low heat for 30 mins.
11. Pull your potatos out of the oven and put them on top of the other mix.
12. Veggie Shepherd’s Pie yo, à la coconut milk.

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