Meat free treats: Curried beetroot and lentil shepherd’s pie

Concerns over red meat and increased cancer risk are encouraging more to be creative at meal times. Check out this curried beetroot and lentil shepherd’s…
Curried beetroot and lentil shepherd's pie
Curried beetroot and lentil shepherd’s pie.

There’s still a nip in the air when the sun goes down so a hearty curried beetroot and lentil shepherd’s pie is still a perfect warming dinner time option. Packed full of tasty vegetables, this super healthy alternative to a traditional shepherd’s pie substitutes beetroot and lentils for minced lamb and is dairy free too making it perfect for both vegetarians and vegans alike.

Serves: 2-3

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes


3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and quartered
60ml unsweetened almond milk or buttermilk
2 tbsp olive oil
250g Sweet Chilli Beetroot, chopped in half
1 large onion, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
100g dry lentils
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp medium curry powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
600ml vegetable stock

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Shepherd’s pie – method

Preheat oven to 200C/180C for a fan oven.

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the chopped potatoes. Cook at a controlled boil for 10 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are soft when poked with a fork.

Strain potatoes and mash them with the almond milk until smooth and creamy adding sea salt to taste. Set mashed potatoes aside for later.

In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and gently fry the onion, carrots, and celery for about 8 minutes until just done.

Add the dry lentils, curry powder and garlic and sautée for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and bring mixture to a full boil. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are cooked through; about 25 to 30 minutes.

Add the chopped beetroot to the pan and stir to incorporate for about 2 minutes.

Pour the beetroot and lentil mixture into a medium sized oven dish. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly on top of the vegetables and place the oven dish on a baking sheet.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the shepherd’s pie is bubbly and the potatoes are starting to get brown and crispy.

Cook’s Tip: Sweet chilli beetroot is available in a number of supermarkets, or choose a different flavour from the infused beetroot ready-to-eat range, which is available in major retailers and includes: Spicy Sweetfire Baby Beetroot (Tesco Finest), Sweet Chilli Rosebud Beetroot (M&S), Sweet & Spicy Chilli Beetroot (Waitrose), Juniperberry & Black Pepper Cocktail Beetroot (Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference), Sweetflame Beetroot (Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference), Cumin & Pomegranate Beetroot (Waitrose) and Honey & Ginger Beetroot (ASDA).

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Tags: , Last modified: February 9, 2022

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