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Vegan MoFo: Shepherd's Pie

September 30th marked the 79th celebration of the birth of Loretta Mildred Potter, and although her life ended about 5 years ago, her spirit lives on through booze, food, and lots of love and laughter.

If my grandmother were alive today she would kick my little vegan butt for "messing up" this shepherd's pie with "all that fancy crap," but please believe the flavor explosion is worth it (and she would have secretly loved it). Here's what we had last year to celebrate this rad gram.

On another note, you might be wondering what VeganMoFo means...let me first clarify that MoFo stands for Month of Food, but it would be way cooler if it meant what we are all thinking. Anywhozee, VeganMoFo is a pretty rad blog collection where a buncha weirdos like me cook a whole mess of food for the month of October and post a shit ton about you might wanna check it out. While your shepherd's pie is in the oven.

3 yams, peeled and diced
¼ c dairy-free milk
1 tbsp. vegan butter
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
Cayenne, to taste
1 large onion, chopped and divided
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 turnip, diced
1 parsnip, diced
2 carrots, diced
3 sprigs fresh thyme
6 fresh basil leaves, minced
1 tbsp herbs de Provence
15 shiitake mushrooms, diced
3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
¼ c white cooking wine
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained
1 c veggie broth

  1. Preheat your oven to 375
  2. Boil the sweet potatoes until tender. Drain. Return to the pot and mash them up with the milk, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne.
  3. Heat some oil in a large skillet and sauté up about half the onion and garlic until its pretty soft. Add turnip, parsnip, carrot, thyme, and seasonings.
  4. In a separate pan, sauté the rest of the onion with your shrooms. When the shrooms start getting brown toss them into your pot with the rest of the veggies.
  5. Deglaze your pan by pouring the wine in with your veggies and give her about 30 seconds to work her magic.
  6. Toss in the beans, nooch, and broth. Cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Find and discard the thyme sprigs from the pot. Pour this veggie filling into a 2 quart casserole dish and top with the mashed sweet potatoes.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or so.


  1. I think your grammy would be just fine with the vegan shepherd's pie, it's the lack of rum and coke that may have been a deal breaker.

    1. I know right?! With caffeine free diet coke and a lime.

  2. I love shepherd's pie! Casseroles are always the best dinners. MMmmm

    1. Casseroles are always so cozy and give me nostalgia.


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