Dinner/ Main Dish



HonorHealth Desert Mission Inspired by Plant-Based Cooking
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, British
Servings 6
Calories 46 kcal


  • Aluminum Foil
  • Knife
  • Oven
  • Steamer or Pot
  • Large Pan
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk


  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked lentils rinsed or 1, 19 oz. can of lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 small-medium red potatoes unpeeled, cut in half
  • 1 small head garlic cut in half
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 oz. cremini or white button mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups carrots peeled and diced
  • 8 oz. red wine divided
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons broth or milk
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Lentil Prep:

  • Add lentils, vegetable broth, and bay leaf to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Cook uncovered for 35-40 minutes adding water as needed to keep covered. Drain when tender and set aside.

Potato Prep:

  • Wrap the garlic halves in foil and place on a rack in the oven that is preheating. Roast for about 30 minutes until tender when pierced with a knife. Set aside.
  • Place the halved potatoes in a steamer or a pot of water and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  • When the potatoes are tender, pour off the water and put them back into the same pan. Using 1/2 head of garlic or more, depending on your preference. Squeeze the roasted garlic from their skins into the pan. Add non-dairy milk to the potatoes and mash by hand or use a hand-held mixer. Add more milk as needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Main Prep:

  • While the lentils and potatoes are cooking, add 2 oz. of the red wine to a large pan and sauté the onion, minced garlic, and carrots for a couple of minutes over medium heat. Add mushrooms and season with fresh thyme, salt, and pepper and cook until all is tender.
  • Add the tomato paste to the pan and sauté for a few minutes to bring out its flavor. Then add the Worcestershire sauce and remaining 6 oz. wine (or vegetable broth) and stir to combine.
  • Add the lentils to the sautéed onion, along with the carrots, mushrooms, and peas. Stir.
  • Combine flour and a splash of broth or water in a small bowl and whisk to remove any lumps. Pour into the pan with lentil mixture, combine, and cook until thickened a little.
  • Pour the lentil mixture into a baking dish, smoothing the top. Top with the mashed potatoes.
  • Bake for 20-30 min. or until bubbling and potatoes are slightly browned.


Lentils are a great source of protein,  PLUS potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin, folate, and iron.
Keyword Carrots, Lentils, Red Potatoes, Shepherd’s Pie

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