Cider, Vegetable, Lentil and Bean Pie with Swede and Potato Mash (v)

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The teen doesn’t like shepherd’s pie very much, but this was far enough away from the usual recipes that he tolerated it. The husband and I on the other hand really enjoyed it 😉 Make sure you use vegan cider!

For four portions you need

  • 1 leek, cut into 0.5cm slices
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, cut into 0.5cm discs
  • 1 head broccoli cut into bite size florets
  • 1/2 cauliflower cut into bite size florets
  • 400ml dry cider
  • 300ml water
  • 4 tsp stock powder
  • 1 can black eyed beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1 tsp cornflour slackened with a little cold water
  • A little olive oil
  • A little vegan marge
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 medium swede, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2-3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  1. Begin by sauteing the leeks, onion and carrot in the olive oil for 10 mins. Cover with a lid to help them steam cook.
  2. Meanwhile, place the swede in a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for 12 mins.
  3. Add the lentils, cider, stock, water and sage to the stew pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 mins.
  4. After 12 mins, add the potatoes to the swede pan, bring back up to the boil and cook for a further 12 mins.
  5. Add the broccoli, cauliflower and black eyed beans to the stew pan. Cook covered for 8 mins.
  6. Drain the swede and potatoes, add the marge and nooch and mash until as smooth as you can get it (it won’t be totally smooth due to the swede).
  7. Take the stew off the heat and add the cornflour mix to thicken the sauce. Season to taste.
  8. Layer the stew in the bottom of an oven proof dish. Top with the mash and then bake at 170 degrees for 45 mins until bubbling and browned. Enjoy.

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Quinoa, Lentil and Chestnut Loaf (v)

This was an experiment which thankfully worked and used up a packet of stuffing mix and a pack of whole chestnuts left over from Christmas. It freezes well and also makes a nice sandwich filling.

For a 2lb loaf which will cut into 8-10 slices you need

  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cup black quinoa
  • 2 tsp stock powder
  • 1 packet of stuffing mix – I used Tesco’s Finest sage and red onion stuffing mix
  • 1 pack whole chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 200ml boiling water
  1. Begin by cooking the lentils and quinoa in 1.5 cups water with the stock powder for 20 mins until the lentils are mushy and the quinoa is cooked. Turn off the heat and leave to cool in a covered pan for at least 30 mins.
  2. Add everything else into the lentil mix and then pack into a lined and greased 2lb loaf tin.
  3. Bake at 170 degrees for 35 mins until cooked through. Slice and serve as part of a roast dinner.

Lentil Roast (v)

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I love a good veggie roast. You can keep your soggy filo pastry wrapped monstrosities. Give me a nut or a lentil roast any day of the week, but especially so on a Sunday.

I’m in festive planning mode at the moment and have tweaked this recipe to deliver a tasty and satisfying addition to our planned festive platefuls on the big day. It’s also nice cold in sandwiches with cranberry sauce, leftover stuffing and chestnuts.

For 6-8 portions you need

  • 225g split red lentils
  • 425ml veg stock
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp marmite
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • garlic pepper
  • 1 tsp dried garlic granules
  • 2 slices brown bread processed into breadcrumbs
  • juice of 1 lemon
  1. Place everything apart from the lemon juice and breadcrumbs into a pan. A non stick one is best to prevent the lentils from sticking but it’s not essential.
  2. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 15-20 mins until the lentils have broken down and gone lovely and soft.
  3. Add the lemon juice and breadcrumbs and mix well. Leave to cool slightly.
  4. Scrape out into a lined 1lb loaf tin and smooth the surface. Bake in a hot (180 degree) oven for 20-25 mins until lightly golden on top. Serve at once with all the usual trimmings.