Rhubarb & Rubber Plants

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Veggie cottage pie

Cottage pie seems like one of those meals that’s a lot of effort to make (for me it is anyway!), but this one I made was a lot easier than I expected. I used a tin of green lentils instead of mince and it tasted delicious! I sprinkled some cheese on top because I had some slightly old cheese that I’m slowly using up, but this meal vegan otherwise (I’m currently trying to go towards a more vegan diet).

Ingredients: 4 large potatoes 2 carrots 2 parsnips 1 tin of green lentils 3 teaspoons of onion gravy powder sprinkle of dried thyme dairy-free butter dairy-free milk grating of cheese (skip this if you want it to be 100% vegan)

Method: Chop up the potatoes and boil in a large pan. I was being super lazy and actually left the skin on the potatoes - the mash isn’t quite as silky if you do this but I find it not too different given the amount of effort you save + eating the skin is suppost be good for you as it contains most of the vegetable’s nutrients.

Slice the leeks and dice the parsnips + carrots. Fry in some olive oil with the dried thyme. Once they begin to cook down, pour a bit of water in and put the lid on - this steams the veg a bit. After 5 mins, take the lid of, cook off the water and let the veg brown a bit as this adds a nice flavour.

Open the can of lentils, drain and add to the veg. Stir in. Add a splash of water + the gravy powder, then stir through.

By now the potatoes should be done. (Check by sticking a fork through them) Drain them, then add butter and milk, and mash until smooth.

Add the lentil mix to a dish and spread out evenly. Add the mash on top and smooth out with a fork. I like to use the fork to make the texture of the mash very uneven because it goes nice n crispy in the oven. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top if using, then pop in the oven (180°C) for 20 mins.

Once it’s ready it’ll look crispy and golden on top!

I cooked some red cabbage and kale to have on the side because I needed to use up the cabbage, but other veg like broccoli would work well too.