Friday, November 11, 2011

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Do you know someone who is considered a "Meat and Potatoes" person? Perhaps you know someone who could NEVER even consider a vegan meal. If you would like to change that person's mind, this just might be the recipe for you. So filling, rich and savory, but also super quick and easy of a meal to prepare and make. Give it a try!

Fool Em' With This 'Naughty Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie' Recipe

2 large sweet potatoes, cubed and boiled until tender (about 10- 15 minutes)
4 tbsp vegan butter, divided (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)
1/8 cup vegan milk (I used Original Unsweetened almond milk)
sea salt & pepper to taste
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
12 oz mixed vegetables
12 oz vegan ground "beef" (I used Lightlife Smart Ground Original)
Bragg's Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce) to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Once your sweet potatoes are boiled to perfection, drain water and mash them with a potato masher or fork. Mix 2 tbsp vegan butter, 1/8 vegan milk, salt and pepper, into the mashed potatoes. Set aside. In a casserole dish, combine onion, garlic, mixed vegetables, vegan grounds, and sprinkle some Aminos or soy sauce. When that is thoroughly mixed, spread that out evenly. *Time Saver Tip: I did this part during the potato boiling, then made the mashed potato mixture afterwards, to save time* Spread mashed sweet potatoes evenly on top in casserole dish. Bake covered for 30- 40 minutes, with the last few minutes uncovered so that the top can brown some. Let settle for a few moments before cutting into squares or scooping into bowls. Enjoy!

I can't decide what my favorite part is, the sweet potato mash on top, or the delicious "meaty" mixture on bottom. Such a yummy meal!

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