This one is for the vegetarians – Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

19 Dec

Opting for a vegetarian diet in this day and age can be really difficult- I know, I have done it. Although – the vegetarian options are increasing every time you visit your supermarket, which is paving the way for yummier ingredients and even yummier recipes. However, ‘yummy’ is probably not a term I would throw around when discussing a vegeterian diet. Let’s face it, when you RSVP an wedding invitation and advise you are a vegetarian, you pretty much know you’re going to be serve asparagus on the big day.

So while I am sympathetic to the plight of vegetarians (and let me just announce that I am not some rib-chewing, offal devouring carnivore), I know it can be difficult to come up with interesting ideas for a good, satisfying feed.

This recipe is something I have been making for years. My husband and I are not raging, die-hard vegetarians, but aren’t comfortable with too much meat in our diet. I grew up in a vegetarian household and ate a lot of vegetarian meals growing up- and this one has remained one of my favourites.

Play with the recipe to suit you- no matter how you make it, I’m sure you will enjoy it.

The magic ingredient for this recipe is Sanitariums’ Casserole Mince. You will find this at your supermarket and it will usually be in the health food section.


  • 1 can Sanitarium Casserole Mince
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp tomato sauce (the sugary crap you put on hot dogs)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Boil the potatoes in a large saucepan while you make the ‘mince’.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
  • Add onions, carrots, celery and peas and cook until onion is soft and fragrant.
  • Add casserole mince-make sure you add the liquid ‘gravy’ as well.
  • Add tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Mix the mince and vegies well and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Spread the mince mixture into a baking dish and smooth it out, patting it down firmly so it’s tightly packed into the dish.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, drain and mash, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add butter and stir through.
  • Beat mashed potato with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Spread mashed potatoes over the top of mince and pop it into the oven.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or so, or until the mash potato is crunchy and delish!

You can serve this with a side salad for some freshness or eat it alone. Either way, you’ll really enjoy it, even if you’re not a vegetarian. It’s quite a filling, satisfying meal. Not for people who eat gluten free, though.

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Posted by on December 19, 2006 in Delish Dinners, Recipe of the Week


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