Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Recipe~ Gardener's Dream

I am so excited to share this recipe with you. This was one of those I was dreaming up in my garden last week after I spotted it in a "clean eating" magazine. I did a few things different but over-all it was sooooo good. Don't be upset though......this traditional dish doesn't have meat. But I promise you wont be disappointed. The flavor and heartiness of this dish was so scrumptious  my sweet little gardener  wolfed this down. 

Shall we.....

Gardener's Shepherd's Pie


5 medium size baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, diced 
1 fennel, quartered and sliced thin
1 cup fresh green beans, cut in thirds
2 zucchini, diced in cubes
3 cups Swiss chard, chopped
two sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups low sodium quality vegetable stock
2 Tb low fat quality sour cream
1/2 cup sharp quality cheese
1 Tb flour
salt and pepper
crushed red pepper flakes


Preheat oven to 400

Place potatoes in large pot with cold water. Boil until fork tender. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile: In large deep pan heat olive oil and add onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, carrots, fennel, green beans and zucchini. Saute for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in 1/2 cup broth and cook another 5 minutes. Add chard and thyme; saute 5 minutes. Add cannellini beans and remaining 1 1/2 cups broth; season with salt, pepper and a dash of red pepper flakes. Mix flour with 1 Tb water and pour in pan over veggies. Stir until thickened. Set aside.

Add milk, cheese and sour cream to potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and smash with potato masher. 

Put veggies in deep pie dish and top with mashed potatoes. Bake for 20 minutes or until top is browned. Sprinkle with fresh chives.


  1. I don't think I would miss the meat at all in this!! Great job with this one!

  2. This veggie sherperd's pie looks delectable indeed~!

  3. WOW! Just lovely, Ang! My hubby would be so thrilled with the potatoes, that I think I could sneak in some of his less favorite veggies beneath. LOVE this delicious idea :)

  4. This looks absolutely fantastic, Ang! I love the fresh and healthy take on this classic dish. It's a must try for me!

  5. @Lizzy My husband Justin is so meat and potatoes, so I'm always trying to sneak in the veggies. He actually liked this one. The beans make it nice and hearty:)

  6. I love this recipe! Looks so incredibly good... Great job on this recipe girl!

  7. This looks great Ang! Love all the colorful veggies, I bet it's delicious!