Thursday, November 1, 2007

Cheesy Chickpea Shepherd's Pie

So, Son#1 and Son#2 now both have fevers and decreased appetites. The doctor assures us it is just a cold (with respiratory infection) and it will clear up soon enough. Tonight my wife (I guess I should call her Vegan Mom) created this kid-friendly dish that is as close to comfort food as you can get without boiling a chicken carcass and adding noodles.

- 1 onion, diced
- 1 rib of celery, diced
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 cup eggplant, peeled and diced
- 2-3 cups cooked chickpeas
- 3/4 cup soymilk
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp "chicken" broth powder
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- salt and pepper to taste
- mashed potatoes (about 7 medium potatoes)
-frozen peas and corn

1. Make mashed potatoes as usual (use soymilk and vegan margarine).
2. Meanwhile, saute onion and celery in oil on medium heat until translucent. Add eggplant and saute until onion is golden and eggplant is soft. Add chickpeas and mix through.
3. Whisk flour into soymilk in a separate bowl (or put in container with a lid and shake until mixed). Add to chickpea mixture and bring to bubbling. Add broth powder and nutritional yeast. Add salt and pepper.
4. Put a layer of mashed potatoes into a large Corning ware or Pyrex dish. Put a layer of the chickpea mixture on top, then a layer of frozen peas. Repeat, this time using a layer of frozen corn. Top off with a thick layer of mashed potatoes.
5. Place in oven and bake for about 40-45 mins, until potatoes are browned.


Lindsay said...

I esp. loved your last line: "as close to comfort food as you can get without boiling a chicken carcass and adding noodles."

That was great -- I love making any sort of "dinner" pie when I'm under the weather too -- and cannot wait to give this one a try... anything cheezy goes over well in my casa!

Friar Tuck said...

See, this is another one I might have to try. Which coming from the Son of a Butcher is a bold endorsement.

Vegan Dad said...

Lindsay: thanks for the note. I have added your blog to my "Part of the Vegan Family" links. I am surprised that Boston is an "un-vegan" city, especially with that huge Trader Joe's. *sigh* I really miss Trader Joe's from my years in Ohio. Even if the chain does come to Canada I seriously doubt their first location will be up here in Northern Ontario.

Friar: I would be interested in your feedback after you have cooked and consumed the recipe. If I can turn the son of a butcher away from meat then I am one step closer to my nefarious plan of vegan world domination.

Beth said...

This was good-I dont really like shepards pie, so I used the filling as a pot pie filling instead, and it was yummy. Perfect for a 1-week-till- finals-stress-induced-cold. Thanks.

J Maass said...

Where do you get "chicken" broth powder??

Vegan Dad said...

j maass,
There is a link to a recipe on my blog somewhere. You can also Google vegan chicken broth powder. I use a recipe by Bryana Clark Grogan that has been posted various places on the web. And, if you live near a Whole Foods, or something, they sell a vegan chicken broth powder.

Brooke said...

Just tried this as I've had a little cold and wanted something comforting. Sooooo good! Thanks for the recipe!