I’m so excited to try this, as I’m writing this blog post it is cooking up so I have no idea what it tastes like, but if I have posted this, it must taste pretty good! I wouldn’t post a recipe if it tasted horrible HAHA!
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown or green lentils, rinsed and drained
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 10-ounce bag frozen mixed veggies: peas, carrots, green beans and corn
- 3 pounds potatoes, thoroughly washed
- 3-4 Tbsp vegan butter
- a splash of almond milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Slice any large potatoes in half, place in a large pot and fill with water until they’re just covered. Bring to a low boil on medium high heat, then generously salt, cover and cook for 20-30 minutes or until they slide off a knife very easily.
- Once cooked, drain. Use a masher to mash until smooth. Add add desired amount of vegan butter and almond milk, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Loosely cover and set aside.
- While potatoes are cooking, preheat oven to gas mark 7 or 220 degrees. Then lightly grease a baking tray thing of your choice.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in 1 Tbsp olive oil until lightly browned and caramelised – about 5 minutes.
- Add a pinch each salt and pepper. Then add lentils, stock, thyme and stir. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Continue cooking until lentils are tender (35-40 minutes).
- In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the frozen veggies, stir, and cover to meld the flavors together.
- To thicken the mixture, add around two table spoons of mashed potatoes and stir.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Then transfer to your prepared oven-safe baking dish and carefully top with mashed potatoes. Smooth down with a spoon or fork and season with another crack of pepper and a little sea salt.
- Place on a baking sheet to catch overflow and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the mash is lightly browned on top.
- Let cool briefly before serving.
And that is it!! Literally!! This meal reheats so well in the microwave for around 5 minutes in a 750 microwave. So yummy and such a wintery meal 🙂