Cheesy Topped Shepherdess Pie

Hello Dear Reader,

That got you thinking! Shepherd’s pie is a potato topped pie made of minced lamb, whereas a Shepherdess Pie is made from veggies and lentils for protein. I sprinkled some half fat grated cheddar on top and Dearly Beloved said it’s one of the best dinners he’s ever had. That is a massive compliment coming from a man whose favourite food is steak. 

When I started this, I didn’ think I would enjoy eating for less than £2 a day but I’m surprised how much I’m enjoying what we eat. I still miss meat but accept that this is now a treat and not the norm. I think many people will go back to meat once a week or not at all. As a nation, we were healthiest we’d ever been when we ate very little meat, fat or sugar. If you’ve never seen ‘Wartime Kitchen and Garden’ I’ve embedded two episodes at the end of this post. It’s a fascinating insight into our national diet and I hope you enjoy the programme.

This really is a cheap and simple recipe and I made two pies from this which means one for dinner and one for the freezer to be eaten another day.Cook and mash some potatoes and leave to cool – heat the oven to a high setting – I used my mini oven. (I used 50p worth of potatoes.

Filling

Half a head of celery – finely diced 35p
1 onion – finely diced – 23p
4 small carrots/2 medium – finely diced – 13p
100g of red lentils – 22p
1 stock cube – 2p
80g of half fat cheddar grated – optional – 35p
1 cup of frozen mixed veg. – 12p
(I also threw in the leftover stir fried veggies from yesterday).

Total cost to serve 4 portions – £1.92 – 48p per portion!!! Even less if you didn’t use the cheese.

1. Fry the onions, celery and carrots in a saucepan in a little oil until softened/cooked through
2. Add lentils and mixed veg.
3. Crumble a stock cube and cover with water, bring to boil and then simmer until lentil are cooked but not mush.
4. Check for flavour – I also added a sprinkle of garlic powder and some dried parsley – it’s your choice.

5. Layer in a lasagne dish or roasting dish and roughly place the mashed potato on top.
6. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 20-30 minutes or golden on top.
7. Whilst the pie is cooking, steam some vegetables to go with it.
8. Serve with gravy – I used instant veggie gravy.


We had really forgotten how much we really enjoy the nutty taste of lentils. I really enjoyed this, but not the heat of having the oven on! Is anyone else feeding themselves well on less than £2 a day?

I’ll be back tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx


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24 thoughts on “Cheesy Topped Shepherdess Pie

  1. I just cooked the stir fried veggies for tea and they were delicious – used up all of the oddments of veggies lurking in the fridge which was an added bonus.
    Our meals usually cost out at £2 a head, but this was cheaper still.

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  2. Apologies if I publish twice. Just wanted to say we had the stir fried veggies for tea and really enjoyed them. We are lucky enough to have a very productive allotment so it is difficult to work out the cost but it was under £2. I DID enjoy the Wartime Kitchen garden when it was first broadcast – many thanks for the link.

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  3. I'm a veggie so I make lots of dishes like yours. My husband and children are not so they will have a shepherds pie with meat and I will have the same but replace the meat with veg. I only make a veg curry which my husband loves.
    My children love pasta dishes and most of the time they do not want any meat in it just sauce and cheese. So easy for me and cheap. Love your ideas.
    Rosezeeta.

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  4. Yay! Another recipe for me to try. I made the spicy chickpea burgers tonight, using leftover cheesy cornbread instead of ordinary breadcrumbs, and served them with some burger buns I'd had for a while in the freezer, and some home made potato wedges and salad (iceberg lettuce I got reduced at 29p and cherry tomatos, also reduced). Instead of frying them, I sprayed them with cooking spray and baked them in the oven when I cooked the wedges. They were a great success. My 3 boys (DH, and 2 sons in their 20s) all enjoyed them and said how tasty they were. It meant I used up ingredients I had lying around and I didn't need to go shopping today, so had a no-spend day. I'm on a real mission to spend as little as possible over the next week so we can have a little fun when we go to stay with my daughter in Winchester next week and then on to Bridgend to stay with DH's cousin for a few days and visit his mum in the nursing home. Every little bit helps and your recipes are really imspiring.

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  5. Your food looks excellent! I used to make a hamburger pie very similar to this when the kids lived at home. It was always a big hit and I would eat the leftovers for breakfast. I have always loved leftover casseroles for breakfast. I had forgotten about these pies, but I know my husband would love it. He is sensitive to wheat and I try to find casseroles with potatoes and not bread.
    I so much enjoyed the two programs of “The Wartime Kitchen and Garden”. I will watch the rest of them on YouTube when I get a few minutes here and there. Thank you so much for putting a link to these two.

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  6. I love shepherdess pie. I've made it with lentils like this, with adzuki beans, with field peas, with soy mince, and with chopped purchased veggie burgers. Each were great in their own way.

    We had hamburger steak with gravy, cabbage and mashed potatoes. Not too fancy and we stretched one pound of beef to a meal for 3 of us and a lunch for hubby. The cabbage was the dark green leaves left from when I chopped the lighter parts for sauerkraut. The mashed potatoes were instant from food storage.

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  7. Froogs, thanks for sharing the lentil Shepherdess recipe. Looks delicious, I definitely want to try that. Perhaps when it's cooler, my house interior is currently 89 degrees F. : (

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  8. Looking forward to trying this one, without the cheese for me. Funnily enough I cooked some green lentils the other day for adding to some defrosted curry stock along with some onions and mushrooms – a real use what we've got meal – and I thought as I started to spoon the lentils into the curry that I could eat them just by themselves they've got such a lovely flavour.

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  9. Looking forward to trying this one, without the cheese for me. Funnily enough I cooked some green lentils the other day for adding to some defrosted curry stock along with some onions and mushrooms – a real use what we've got meal – and I thought as I started to spoon the lentils into the curry that I could eat them just by themselves they've got such a lovely flavour.

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  10. Love this recipe which looks like a Cass Clarke recipe. Have you tried her hashed pie recipe? It is delicious. Have set myself a project of living on a pound a day for 28days starting on Monday. Should be interesting!Anona

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  11. Hi Froogs, another lovely meal to try. I made veggie lasagne for tea last night and it was very tasty (we would normally have mince), so I will definitely try this one next. Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to really reduce our meat intake from now on because we actually like the veggie meals! Mandy x

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  12. Did you use packet mash potato? I have a couple of packets but the only potatoes we have are lovely little new ones from the allotment. Bit loathe to mash those up!

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  13. Loved those clips and also the Shepherdess Pie looks delicious. On a different subject – I was an avid reader of Hardup Hester's blog, do you know what's happened/where she has gone? Her blog seems to have vanished.

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  14. Loved those clips and also the Shepherdess Pie looks delicious. On a different subject – I was an avid reader of Hardup Hester's blog, do you know what's happened/where she has gone? Her blog seems to have vanished.

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  15. Just like to thank you so much for this recipe. I tried it tonight (Friday), made it with the lentils, a kohl rabi and potatoes from my dad's garden, an onion, frozen peas, an old carrot lurking in the fridge and cheese on top, with separate gravy as you did. It was so delicious, I didn't miss the meat, in fact I think it was better with all vegetables. Well done Froogs, a lovely cheap and tasty recipe.

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