So, thanks to Julia, my non-shepherds pie has a name, Gardeners pie! It is so easy to make and what I love about it, you can use most veg and pulses to make it so no excuses that you don’t have the right food to make it, just substitute it with something else. Don’t be afraid to get it wrong sometimes, and you won’t ever get it that wrong anyway. Cooking is supposed to be fun and passing this trait down to your kids will be a valuable lesson for them in their future.
In this recipe I have used chickpeas but in the one I made previously I used puy (green) lentils. Use whatever is your favourite – lentils, peas and beans all work!
I cooked my own chickpeas but I used around about the same weight as a tin.
1 carrot, cubed
Turnip, cubed (around the same amount as carrots)
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 a green pepper, cubed
1/2 courgette, grated
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 clove garlic
5 medium sized potatoes
1/2 veg stock cube crumbled into 500ml boiling water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Peel the potatoes and boil them in salted water for around 25 minutes or until ready.
Chop all the veg. Add a little oil to a heated pan and add the onion and minced garlic. Saute until softened then add all other veg. Cook for 10 minutes then add the tomato puree and cayenne pepper. Stir up and add the stock – just enough to cover the veg. Add the chickpeas and allow to simmer without a lid for about 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
Pre-heat your oven to 200C.
Once the tatties are ready, mash them with a little olive oil and milk (I used almond) and add a little salt and pepper to taste. If you’re making this for your little one don’t add the salt as the stock also has salt in it.
Take one casserole dish or tray and line the bottom layer with the chickpea mix and top with the mash, pop it into the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is nice and crisp and serve up with some beets (freshly roasted in the oven with some oil and maple syrup…yum!) or broccoli.
This is a great recipe to make for your dinner and save a few portions for your little one. Harris loves it with broccoli.