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Brown Lentil & Mushroom Cottage Pie

It's that time of year when comfort food is needed & this is one of our favourites...


Brown Lentil & Mushroom Cottage Pie
Brown lentils & mushrooms are really good together in such a savoury dish. 
You can also add a few chopped walnuts & more vegetables, green lentils work well too.

You'll need
2 large onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 sticks celery, sliced
8oz (225g) brown lentils
6oz mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon each of cumin, sage & thyme
Approx 1 1/4 pints (650mls) boiling water or stock
2 heaped teaspoons miso paste or 1 teaspoon yeast extract
1 tablespoon tomato purée
salt & pepper to taste
Topping
2 lb (900g) potatoes, washed & chopped
A sprinkle each of seasme seeds & nutritional yeast (Engevita)

Method
Boil & mash the potatoes, we put soya or oat milk, a teaspoon of mustard & some chopped mint in our mash.
Simmer the onions, garlic & celery in a large saucepan with a little water for about 15 minutes.
Add the mushrooms, cumin & herbs, simmer for another 5 minutes.
Wash the lentils thoroughly, add to the pan & cover with the boiling water or stock if you prefer. We sometimes add leftover soup too.
Bring to the boil & then simmer for about 20 minutes.
*If Sime makes a dish with lentils - he cooks the lentils separately & adds them near the end* 
Once the lentils are soft, add the tomato purée, miso, salt & pepper.

Transfer the lentil mixture into a 2 pint or 1 litre dish.
Top with the potatoes & sprinkle with the sesame seeds & nutritional yeast.

Bake in a preheated oven 200C/400F/Gas 6 for about 30 minutes, until the potatoes are golden & crispy.

We love serving it with sauerkraut or pickled red cabbage & lots of steamed or roasted vegetables.

Enjoy!

Kay & Sime 
xx




Comments

just Gai said…
Mmm. That looks good. Just what you need on a cold wet windy autumn evening.
Jane and Chris said…
I love lentils,and I'd kill for sesame seeds..this sounds really delish.
Jane x
Anonymous said…
Oh, does this look GOOD! Mike especially would love this since it has both mushrooms & potatoes in it. Thanks so much for sharing!
Unknown said…
Would love to copy this recipe but it looks quite expensive to make.

Sft x
Thank you Gai, Jane & Molly - we love all lentils, so we love any dish with them in... This savoury dish is great!

Sft - we buy all our pulses & grains in bulk, so this is far cheaper than any meat dish & it's all organic.
What we eat is very important to us & there's no room for compromise. My clothes are just rags (with many holes) but the food we eat makes me feel good... Cheap food will probably be genetically modified & I believe eating a poor diet will be very detrimental to health in later life... Sime & I want to live forever!

Kay :)

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