Vegan Cottage Pie

Vegan Cottage Pie with Beet-Sweet Potato mash topping


Vegan Cottage Pie. It’s the lamb loving version of the traditional comfort dish, Shepherd’s Pie.

Vegan Cottage Pie


I just got back from a California Christmas. I spent a little over a week in Carlsbad and San Diego. It was cold. Like trying to go for a run at 9 am and getting a brain freeze / lungs frost over cold. Okay, I know southern California is nothing like North Dakota on a sunny December morning but for me, it was cold. Mind you I am now an official Hawaiian. Tropic searching, sun seeking, sweater wearing on a 75 degree winter evening Hawaiian. I like to think that I would bounce back to my tough skinned mountaineering self, but this recent trip was not very reassuring. I was bundled in all sorts of layers from yoga pants… 🙂 yea I said it, to flannels, wool socks, jean jackets and puffy Patagonia wear. I loved it. I sound like I can’t handle the cold. I can’t, but I still love it.


California Christmas


The scenery was simply amazing. I loved getting to see vast open skies and brown meadows that lead to snowy mountains in the distance. I turn around and see grassy cliff sides towering over deep blue ocean. I felt a sense of being home. It was comforting, especially being Christmas time without my family. This was the second Christmas of my 26 years around the sun that I was not with the Vernon clan. It never quite feels like Christmas when you are playing grown up and not with your parents and siblings, but it was wonderful nonetheless. That feeling of homesick I take as a reminder of being appreciate of what you have in life. Of all the love that greets you every morning from near and far and the potential each of us holds to give back, to make the world a litter brighter.

O, and lest I forget, the Mexican food. So many tacos. Soooooooooooooo many. I had shrimp tacos, veggie tacos, rolled tacos, taquitos, ahi tacos, breaded mahi tacos, and lots of guacamole. It tasted out of this world, but man when you aren’t used to eating that many tacos at once, you feel a little weighed down. Those are heavy little suckers. So I am feeling happy to be home in my own kitchen and whipping up some cozy meals packed with veggies of all kinds to recuperate from the Holidays. Can anyone else relate?

The Holidays definitely inspired this Vegan Cottage Pie. I have been craving the winter comfort foods and hearty vegetables but still wanting to have lighter meals as Christmas can mean a lot of pies and apparently, for me, tacos.


Vegan Cottage Pie


This one pot dish is packed with flavorful lentils, grounding vegetables, a little tangy zip of sumac, and deliciously creamy sweet potato on top. I even added roasted then pureed beet to the sweet potato mash to add that punch of color. I can’t help it. I love colors and beets. This has all the favorite parts of Shepherd’s Pie just a little more veggie friendly.


Yields 4-6 Servings

Vegan Cottage Pie

A comforting vegan friendly, one pot rendition of the traditional Shepherd's Pie. Loaded with vegetables and spiced lentils with a delicious sweet potato topping.

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 1.5 cups green lentils
  • 1 bunch of beets, quartered *optional
  • 2 lbs sweet potato (okinawan for color)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil or garlic oil + 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 small leek
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon sumac seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degreed F.
  2. Boil sweet potatoes in a pot until fork tender. Set aside.
  3. *If you would like the pop of color with a little extra nutrients, roast beets in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until very tender. Let cool then peel outer skin.
  4. Blend beets in a blender until pureed. Set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, add the lentils and vegetable broth and bring to boil. Simmer on low heat until lentils are tender but not too soft, about 30 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to make sure they do not overcook.
  6. There will be extra liquid in the pan. Do not drain.
  7. While the lentils are cooking, sauté the vegetables in 3 Tablespoons olive oil or garlic oil for 3 minutes.
  8. Add the seasonings to veggies and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes. Continue to stir so as not to burn the sumac and garlic.
  9. Add the lentils and remaining broth into veggies.
  10. Stir in the tomato paste. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Remove pan from heat and pour into a lightly greased 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 4-6 ramekins depending on size.
  12. Mash sweet potatoes (don't worry about removing skin of potatoes) with 2 Tablespoons olive oil and optional beet puree until creamy. You can leave it slightly mashed if desired.
  13. Spoon mashed potato puree onto top of cottage pie filling then spread with spatula to completely cover. You can use a fork or knife to make a design on top.
  14. Place in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until nice and bubbly.
Cuisine: Vegan Cottage Pie |
382 cal
8 g
57 g
23 g

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One thought on “Vegan Cottage Pie

  • BobJanuary 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    We missed you at Christmas but glad we're going to see you next week ! California sounds awesome, especially the tacos. Interesting dish featured here also ! Where do you get these ideas ??


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