Good Pantry Eatin'!

Well, I said I would share when I came up with some stick to your ribs, good enough for a carnivore, vegan recipes.  Last night's dinner definitely qualifies.  Totally simple and we didn't talk over dinner because we were too busy shoveling the food in our mouths.

Even the girls, after a bit of coercion and arm twisting to try it, ate every last bite.  Angelina even kept asking for more bites (I had to feed her to get her to try it) in such rapid succession that I finally told her just eat what's in your mouth and then you can have more!  It rated two thumbs up from hubby and Trinity.  (Angelina was too busy eating to bother rating :)

After this lead in, you aren't going to believe this recipe.  Remember, that we are dealing with a lot of canned food as we had a bad month and got most of our groceries from the local food pantry.

Flexitarian Shepherd's Pie

5 or 6 medium potatoes, cut up and boiled til soft
1/2 stick of butter
soy milk
1 can chili beans, 15 oz
1 can baked beans, 16 oz
1 can mixed vegetables, 15 oz (or similar size for all the canned products)
shredded cheddar cheese

1. Mash the potatoes with the butter and salt.  Add enough soy milk to make the potatoes nice and smooth.
2. In a large bowl combine the chili beans and baked beans.  Drain and rinse the vegetables and stir them into the beans.  Pour into large casserole dish.
3. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the veggie-bean mixture and spread evenly.  Sprinkle with a little cheese.
4. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.

That's it!  Done.

I did opt to use the butter in the mashed potatoes and a sprinkling of cheese because it fits in with my rules.  Animal products shouldn't be the substance of a meal, but they can complement it.  I think their use is marginal compared to the amount of beans and veggies being eaten.  But you can easily use non-hydrogenated vegan margarine and either eliminate the cheese or use a vegan cheese instead to make this a totally vegan dish.

I'm already looking forward to the leftovers for lunch today.  Mmmmmmm!