Foodie Therapy: Morrocan-Style Veggie Shepherd’s Pie

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live
~Jim Robin

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Today is day 82 of my Weight Watcher programme and initially, it began as a diet. Hardcore motivation, determination and willpower consumed me and my journey began. It has now become a way of life with healthier choices and a more positive relationship with food.

I appreciate meal times, I have slowed down by enjoying and savouring each mouthful. I take time to prepare tasty meals and relish searching for new recipes to devour!

This weekend I made Moroccan-style Veggie Shepherd’s Pie, it’s definitely one where you need a bit of time so I recommend cooking it when you aren’t pushed for time.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Butternut squash
  • 1 finely chopped large onion
  • 2 finely diced carrots
  • 2 finely diced celery sticks
  • 250g sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 1 can drained lentils
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cube vegetable stock (in 250ml hot water)
  • Fresh parsley

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6.

Halve the butternut squash, season then mist with cooking spray on a baking tray and roast for 1 hour.img_6365

Meanwhile, mist a large non-stick frying pan with cooking spray and cook the onion, carrots and celery over a medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, until softened. Then add the mushrooms, garlic and spices and cook for a further 2 minutes. Stir in the lentils (including the water from the tin), chopped tomatoes and stock. Season, bring to the boil then simmer and cover for 10 minutes.

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Transfer the mixture to a roasting dish the spoon over the mash completely covering the lentil mixture.

Cook for 25 minutes until cooked through then allow to rest for 10 minutes and finish by garnishing with as much fresh parsley as you like.

I served mine with a fresh green salad but some crusty bread might also be a decent accompaniment. The best thing about this dish for me is that it is zero points on Weight Watchers (I only have 6 lbs to lose until I reach my goal!) and it’s a decent hearty filling meal, perfect for sharing.

It’s a perfect weekend dish as it takes about 90 minutes including preparation time but it’s a winner for saving for the week ahead.

Do you have any recipes I can try? I am always on the look-out for new things to cook!

N x

So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.

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