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Shepherd’s Pie

 

Shepherd's pie

 

This is a dish my children really enjoy. The original with meat and potatoes, that is. They’d be happy to eat mashed potatoes any day!  Who wouldn’t?!  As I was preparing the family’s meal before our recent Yom Kippur fast, my husband asked his usual question: “what are you going to eat?” I blurted out the answer-Shepherd’s Pie before I even stopped to consider that I had no idea how to make a vegan version nor had I ever seen or eaten one. I just imagined it would be hearty and satisfying. Turns out I was right. Searching online, I found several varieties, but nothing I wanted to make.  Rather than rely on lentils-which seemed to be fairly standard in the recipes I surveyed, I decided to use mashed beans-a variety of them-to form the typical meat layer. I also combined the beans with veggie broth, seasonings, chopped sautéed portobello mushrooms, and a bag of thawed mixed veggies, making the bottom layer especially hearty.  You only need one can of beans per pie, but since I decided to use a mixture of beans, I wound up with enough filling for three delicious shepherd’s pies. The top layer, the mashed potatoes are made all the more yummy with the addition of sautéed onions and thinly sliced garlic cloves, but if you’re not a fan of these, feel free to leave them out. Your pie will be delicious anyway. My kids loved this dish. I’m very glad I made and froze extra for Sukkot. I made it happily through 25 hours of fasting, and credit the fact that I ate half of one of these very delicious, very filling and nutritious shepherd’s pies for not being starved.  Looking forward to eating this again for Sukkot! Have a good Yuntif! Betayavon!

Ingredients

  • canned beans, drained, rinsed and mashed -I used a can of pinto beans, a can of light red kidney beans, and a can of black eyed peas, which is why I wound up with three of these beauties!
  • mushrooms, portobello or regular button mushrooms, chopped small
  • olive oil, 1 teaspoon
  • veggie broth, 1/8 to 1/4 cup, depending on how thick the mixture is
  • no stick spray
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bag of frozen mixed veggies, thawed
  • other seasonings of your choice-a dash of thyme, chili powder, whatever you like
  • potatoes-five medium, peeled, cubed, boiled, drained, and mashed
  • Smart Balance Margarine, 1 Tablespoon, optional
  • Coconut, almond, or cashew milk, 1-2 Tablespoons, optional
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, chopped fine

Shepherd's pie

Supplies

  • pie plate, square, or oval glass or ceramic pan
  • potato peeler
  • pot and lid for boiling potatoes
  • pan for sautéing mushrooms, beans, and veggie combo
  • knife and cutting board
  • colander for draining and rinsing beans and for draining boiled potatoes
  • measuring cup
  • potato masher for beans and potatoes
  • spoon for stirring
  • bowls for potatoes and beans

Instructions

Peel potatoes, cube and place in a pot with a tight fitting lid. Cover potatoes halfway with water, cover pot and bring to a boil. Lower light and simmer until fork pierces the potatoes easily. Remove from heat and drain in colander. Mash them immediately, adding salt and pepper to taste. You may add some vegan margarine-I used a tablespoon of Smart Balance to make them a little creamier. You can opt to add some coconut, almond, or cashew milk if you want, but I didn’t bother. If you like mashed potatoes with something extra, try sautéing onions and garlic and adding them to the potatoes as you mash them.                                                                                                                                     Time now to spray your glass or ceramic pie plates, open the can of beans, drain and rinse beans with cold water. Mash the beans, mixing them all together with any seasonings you’d like, whether using one type or using multiple varieties of beans, as I did. Place a teaspoon of olive oil in a pan. Add the chopped mushrooms and stir. Add the bag of thawed mixed vegetables. Finally, when the mushrooms have released their liquid, add the mashed beans into the pan with the mushrooms and mixed veggies. Add the veggie broth. If this mixture seems too stiff to stir, thin with a bit more veggie broth, but add that slowly, so you don’t thin the bean layer too much. No need for cooking here, as you will place in the oven later, you just want to combine the mushrooms, veggies, beans, seasonings you want, and veggie broth. Time to press the bean mixture into the bottom of your sprayed pie plate or pan. Top with the mashed potatoes. Bake in 350 degree oven 25-35 mins, just until potatoes start to brown. Looks and smells wonderful

shep pie bean veggie layer

Press the beans, veggies, and mushrooms into the pie plate

shep pie, mashed pot

Top with mashed potatoes

shep pie

A real winner

sheps pie

Enjoy!

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Tempeh Cacciatore

 

tempeh-cacciatore-plated

Tempeh simmered with the traditional taste of cacciatore is delicious.                                                                 Lots of fresh orange peppers, garlic, and onions make this new creation yummy. Betayavon!

Ingredients

  • tempeh-cacciatore-ingredients2 pkgs. tempeh
  • 1 cup veggie broth
  • 4 peppers, quartered
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 6 cloves garlic- or as much as you want
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • several sprinkles of turmeric
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 cup vinegar
  • 2 T. oregano
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 drops liquid stevia
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

Supplies

  • Heavy pot, slotted spoon                             tempehcacciatore
  • Separate skillet for soaking and sautéing tempeh
  • cutting board and knives
  • measuring cups and spoons

Instructions

In heavy pot, with burner on high, heat 2T. olive oil, add onions, salt, peppers, and garlic, and turmeric. Saute until onions and peppers are soft, stirring often. Meanwhile, half each pkg of tempeh and place in pot or pan with veggie broth, with broth coming half way up pot so that the tempeh is immersed halfway in the liquid. Bring to a boil and lower heat so that the tempeh just simmers for 10 minutes; turn tempeh over and simmer another 10 mins. You can replace broth as it evaporates or cover the pan.Now spill off the veggie broth, rinse and dry the pan and now it’s time to heat the remaining 1 T. olive oil. Cut your tempeh into cubes and add when the oil is hot. Cook and flip so that both sides get coated in the oil. The tempeh will be golden because of the broth it simmered in.

tempeh-for-cacciatore

Combine tempeh cubes with the soft sautéed veggies and add crushed tomatoes, oregano, bay leaves, vinegar, salt, pepper, and liquid stevia drops. Stir and allow the flavors to blend by cooking on a very low light for 25 minutes. Do not add the lid so that the sauce thickens. Remove bay leaves before serving.

tempeh-cacciatore

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup, fully cooked

Split Pea Soup is one of my comfort foods, and I make it often. It requires very few ingredients, is very inexpensive, and is an easy soup to make.  I love it for lunch with just a salad and an apple. It is so thick and hearty, it can be a main course for dinner, but I usually serve it before a meal.  It’s a Shabbos favorite in my house. This easy to make soup can also be made in a crock pot, but I’ll share that recipe another time. If you don’t like an ingredient I’ve listed, just leave it out, and the results will still be good. Betayavon!

Ingredients

1 pound dried green split peas

2 large carrots, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

1-2 large parsnips, chopped

Parsnips give a sweet and  distinctive flavor

Parsnips give a sweet and distinctive flavor

1 large onion, chopped

8 cups of water plus two more cups of water, total 10 cups of water or more, if thinner soup preferred

Salt, pepper, to taste, and option of dried or fresh dill, if desired

2 Tablespoons mellow white miso paste, if desired

Supplies

Large bowl

Large pot with lid

Spoon for stirring pot and removing foam on top

Cutting board and knife

Instructions

Empty bag of dried split peas into a large bowl and cover with cold water. The split peas will sink to the bottom of the bowl. Remove any stones or dirt that rise to the top. Visibly inspect the peas and discard any that seem irregular. Pour water out into the sink and refill the bowl, just until the peas are covered. Repeat this step at least three times, until the water that runs out of the bowl into the sink and the peas are completely clean.

split pea soup ingredients in pot

Add cleaned dried peas to chopped veggies

Split Peas, veggies, and water in pot

A great one pot meal

While the split peas sit in the bowl, chop the root vegetables and put into a soup pot. Now take the dried peas and add them to the pot with the vegetables. Add eight cups of water, and bring to a boil. As the soup comes to a boil,  remove any white foam that forms on the top, using a long handled spoon. My mother used to say she had to “shum” the soup, to skim off the white foamy layer which helps removes the gas from the beans.  This is a good technique to use with any beans you cook. Lower light under the pot so the soup simmers. Cover and let the soup simmer, but stir every so often.

After about an hour, the soup is already getting dense;  it is a lot thicker, and will continue to absorb the liquid and thicken as it cooks longer. Add two more cups of water, and let the soup simmer another hour.  If a thinner soup is desired, add another cup of water. Add salt and pepper, to taste, along with dill, and the white mellow tasting delicious miso paste, if desired. Betayavon!

Split peas soup-easy and delicious

Split pea soup-easy and delicious

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