Easy, delicious and full of fab ingredients, this Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is comfort food at its finest…and the perfect way to celebrate organic food!
What kind of food makes you happy? For me, I would say it’s proper comfort food – which is one of the reasons why this time of year is my favourite. After months of eating salads and cold food, I finally feel I can indulge in all my favourites again: stews, curries, tagines, mac n cheese…and comforting pies topped with wodges of creamy mashed potatoes or crisp puff pastry. Want to indulge with me…check out my all new collection of Easy Peasy Comfort Food – all delicious, warming and comforting recipes, but just as easy peasy as you’d expect from me!
But it’s not just the type of food that makes me happy, it’s just as much about the ingredients I use and the people I share it with too.
It makes me happy to spend time in the kitchen each evening knowing I am going to be sharing it with my lovely little family and it makes me happy creating big feasts at the weekend to share with friends too.
And when it comes to ingredients, it makes me happy to use the very best I can afford for my family. I try to cook from scratch most days, as then I know exactly what is going into my food, and I always try to buy the best quality ingredients that we can afford.
I nearly always buy organic dairy and meat as I want to be sure that the animals have been looked after in a kind and responsible way and, though I don’t buy organic veg quite as often, I am always reminded why I should when I taste them…they taste so much better than their non-organic counterparts. And as a total foodie a heart, good tasting food makes me very happy indeed! It also gives me peace of mind to know that there are fewer pesticides, no artificial colours and preservatives and no GM ingredients in organic food. And that organic animals are always free range and farmers have to adhere to a strict code of ethics, including no routine use of antibiotics.
As you are probably aware, September is #OrganicSeptember, a time to celebrate the wonderfulness of organic food. This year I have joined up with Organic UK to help promote their ‘Organic. Feed Your Happy’ Campaign. They would love you to share food that makes you happy on social media using the hashtag #FeedYourHappy.
Sara Cox, one of the UK’s most loved BBC presenters, is the ambassador of the ‘Organic. Feed Your Happy’ Campaign. Sara will also be sharing her happy food stories in a selection of short films. You can find out more about the campaign and organic food on the Organic. Feed Your Happy Website.
To celebrate #OrganicSeptember and the #FeedYourHappy Campaign I am sharing my recipe for Lentil Shepherd’s Pie…this really is the kind of comfort food I love to share with my family and which really makes me very happy indeed. It is also the kind of dish that really shows off shows off organic food to the max. I’ve used lovely organic milk, butter and a splash of cream from Yeo Valley in the mash. For the filling I’ve used organic veg, lentils, and for an extra touch of umami loveliness, some Clearspring Organic Tamari – which adds extra richness and depth to this delicious vegetarian shepherd’s pie.
I also have two, yes TWO boxes of fab organic Clearspring goodies to giveaway to two of my lucky readers to help #FeedYourHappy! You will find all the details of how to enter at the bottom of this post – good luck!! And don’t forget to share your images of the food that makes you happy on social media using the hashtag #FeedYourHappy. [Sorry, giveaway now closed.]
Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Easy, delicious and full of fab ingredients, this Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is comfort food at its finest and the perfect way to celebrate organic food!
Shepherd’s Pie Filling
- 25 g butter (I used Yeo Valley)
- 1 leek sliced
- 150 g chestnut mushrooms diced
- 2 cloves garlic crushed or grated
- 2 carrots diced
- 200 g dried green lentils
- 2 tins chopped tomatoes
- 200 ml water
- 6 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce (I used Clearspring tamari)
Shepherd’s Pie Topping
- 750 g potatoes chopped into 2cm cubes
- 25 g butter (I used Yeo Valley)
- 100 ml milk (I used Yeo Valley whole milk)
- 50 ml double cream (I used Yeo Valley)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 50 g cheddar cheese
Melt 25g butter in a large pan. Add the leeks and fry on a low heat for 3 minutes with the lid on. Add the mushrooms and garlic and turn the heat up a little. Fry for 2 more minutes with the lid off, until the mushrooms have a little colour.
Add the carrots, lentils, tomatoes, water and tamari and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
Meanwhile place the potatoes in a pan of salted boiling water and bring back to the boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
Once the potatoes are simmering, preheat you oven to 220C / 200C / gas mark 7 / 425F.
When the potatoes are cooked, drain them and return them to the pan. Add the remaining 25g butter, plus the milk, cream, salt and pepper, and mash until soft and creamy.
Place the filling in a large oven proof dish and top with the creamy mash. Sprinkle over the cheese and place in your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until bubbling and brown on top. Serve just as it is or with extra veg, such as peas, sweetcorn or cabbage.
Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Clearspring Organic Goodie Box Giveaway!! [SORRY, GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED]
Want to #FeedYourHappy even more with a chance to win a fabulous Organic Goodie Box? Then read on…
Clearspring produce authentic, wholesome, easy to prepare and great tasting organic foods, including many delicious Japanese ingredients. Their products are produced to traditional recipes using good quality ingredients, which don’t compromise on flavour or ethics. It is their mission to get organic food back on the table, so you can enjoy the same quality of foods that your grandparents did.
And they have given me not one, but TWO boxes full of organic goodies to give away on my blog!!
Each box is worth £40 and contains the following:
- Organic Gluten Free 100% Brown Rice Wide Noodles
- Organic Coconut Oil (Unrefined & Raw)
- Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother
- Organic Seaveg Crispies (Original)
- Organic Seaveg Crispies (Chilli)
- Snack Organic Tamari Roasted Sicilian Almonds
- Snack Organic Tamari Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Snack Organic Tamari Roasted Cashew Nuts
- Clearspring Jute Bag
- Organic Japanese Tamari Soya Sauce
- Organic Japanese Tofu
- Organic Japanese Umami Paste with Ginger
- Japanese Organic Matcha Shot
- Organic Japanese Brown Rice Miso Paste
How to enter this fabulous Clearspring giveaway…
All you have to do to enter is write a comment in the comments section at the bottom of this post and visit my Facebook page, then complete the Rafflecopter widget to say you’ve done it. If you want to, you can get extra bonus entries too! Just follow the instructions in the widget below.
Help! I’ve never used Rafflecopter before…What do I do?
Rafflecopter is a little widget that allows me to run a kind of raffle on my website, except instead of entering by buying a raffle ticket, you enter by doing things such as commenting, following me on Twitter and visiting my Facebook page.
For one entry, all you have to do is answer this simple question: What kind of food make you happy? Then for a further entry, simply visit my Facebook page.
And don’t forget to complete the Rafflecopter widget to say you’ve done these things or they won’t count!
Once you’ve done this, the Rafflecopter will unlock all the other ways you can enter, but don’t worry – you don’t have to do them all (though I’ll love you forever if you do 🙂 and remember, the more entries you make, the more chance you have of winning!) When the competition closes, the little widget will work its magic and select a winning name at random. I will then contact the winner via email to arrange for the Clearspring goodie box to be sent to you.
If you have any trouble at all, please ask via the comments below and I will do my best to help you. Good luck!
The small print…
The prizes are two Clearspring Organic Goodie Boxes, each worth £40 and will be sent to the two winners by the ‘Organic. Feed Your Happy’ Campaign
The competition organiser reserves the right to substitute any product in the organic goodie box, if that product becomes unavailable
The photographs in this blog post are for illustration purposes only and do not represent the exact prize
There are only two prizes and there will only be two winners
There is no cash alternative
Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget only
The winner will be selected at random by the Rafflecopter widget
The prize can only be sent to a mainland UK address
Once the prize has been sent, neither Easy Peasy Foodie nor the ‘Organic. Feed Your Happy’ Campaign can be held responsible for any loss or damage to the parcel during transit
The Rafflecopter giveaway will close at midnight on Thursday 21st September
The randomly selected winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing
The winner will have 7 days to respond, otherwise a new winner will be drawn
The giveaway is free to enter
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