Lentil Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients

2 1/2 cup Of water 1 cup Lentils 1/2 cup Barley 1 1/2 cup Vegetable broth 2 lrg Diced carrots or any veggie that you chose. Frozen mixed veggies work well too. 2 lrg Chopped onions 1 cup Chopped mushrooms 1 can (28-oz) tomatoes, chopped (reserve liquid in case you need to add extra later) 2 x To 3 x Cloves garlic, crushed 2 tbl Flour 2 tsp Parsley 6 x Potatoes cooked and mashed (with water or soy milk for VEGAN or with evaporated skim milk for LACTO-OVO) Salt and pepper

Instructions

* To Zoe Sodja who was looking for a vegan shepherd's pie recipe. This is one I make all the time, even my kids will eat it and that's saying something. * Bring water to a boil, add lentils and barley. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes until water is absorbed. Heat broth in dutch oven, add garlic, carrot or other veggies and onion and cook until tender. Add tomatoes, mushrooms and spices and cook for 5 minutes. Mix flour with a little bit of water and add to the mixture. Stir and cook over low heat until thickened adding some of the reserved tomato liquid if necessary. Add barley and lentils and combine well. Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with salt & pepper, cornflake crumbs or whatever you wish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (45 minutes if made ahead and at room temp.) * This recipe feeds 6 to 10 people, depending on whether you have a salad with it. You can also divide it among 3 or 4 containers and freeze for later.

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