Thursday, July 24, 2008

Shepherd's Pie

Yesterday I was inspired by Roni over at Greenlitebites to make a Shepherd's Pie. I have never made a Shepherd's Pie before and the idea never really appealed to me until I watched Roni make one. You can watch the video of her making it live here. She had so many vegetables in hers that I thought it would be easy to convert the recipe into a vegetarian version and I am glad that I did.

Spoiler: The topping was my favorite part!

First I steamed up some vegetables that I happened to already have in my refrigerator (although I did go to the store for a zucchini this morning).

Since I didn't add any meat to mine, I added some leftover Garden Burger Wrap mix, garbanzo beans and cranberry beans (more on cranberry beans later- but for now, think of them as kidney beans). I steamed it up and it looked like this:

I also added some leftover whole wheat noodles from last nights dinner just for fun and to bulk it up some. Then I spread it out in a casserole dish and added some whipped sweet potatoes on top (I used a hand mixer but you could also mash them by hand).

I added some fresh thyme from my garden on top and then put the whole thing under the broiler for about 8 minutes.

Here's my plate:

This was pretty good although I want to think of a way to give it some more flavor. It was a little bland for my tastes and it would have been good with more beans instead of just what I had on hand. But the topping.... the sweet potato topping made the whole thing worth it and I never would have thought of it on my own.

Oh, and I was on my own in the kitchen this evening, because someone was too tired to help...

This may be the cutest picture of Zoey ever. So she is totally off the hook tonight.


Roni said...

So glad you liked it! And, yes that topping is YUMMY!

AJS said...

What in the world did you do to poor Zoey to tucker her out so? It really is tough to be a cat (or dog) in our family!

The pie sounds yum-- and looks gorgeous with the smorgasborg of veggies you had on hand.