Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

A plant-based version of an old family favorite, this Vegan Shepherd’s Pie offers such a great combination of flavors and textures, you’ll probably end up preferring it to the original! A perfect dish to introduce vegan options to your regular rotation, that even the hardcore meat lovers will totally fall for.

A plant-based version of a true family favorite, this Vegan Shepherd's Pie offers such a great combination of flavors and textures, you'll probably end up preferring it to the original! A perfect dish to introduce vegan options to your regular rotation, that even the hardcore meat lovers will totally fall for.

Shepherd’s Pie, or Cottage Pie — I never know what to call it, really, but if it has no meat in it, then I guess both appellations would be correct, right? — has always been a favorite of mine, ever since I was a little kid. It should come as no surprise that, throughout the years and especially according to my ever changing lifestyles, I have come up with at least a dozen version of the dish… 

Of course, since I’ve recently decided to follow a plant-based diet, it was only a matter of time before I felt the need to create a Vegan Shepherd’s Pie. 

To be honest, this new version is more like a take on the Vegetarian Cottage Pie that I’d made last year; that version had been a real winner for me and I’d already made it countless times! But since I don’t eat animal products anymore, I needed to make a few adjustments here and there, and especially in the mashed potatoes department. I wasn’t certain that I’d even manage to make decent mashed potatoes without relying on dairy whatsoever, but it turned out to be much easier than I anticipated  — just like staying away from animal products seems to be, really! — thanks to my new best friend nutritional yeast! 

I then made a few more changes, like adding mushrooms to the lentil base to make it taste even meatier, for instance! And plus, I really love mushrooms, so… 

Bottom line is I totally created my new go-to Shepherd’s Pie recipe. And you know what? I think that I like this new version even better! 

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Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake

Cakes don’t get much healthier than this Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake. On top of being completely vegan, it also happens to be free of gluten and refined sugar. Of course, it’s also absolutely delicious!

Cakes don't get much healthier than this Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake. On top of being completely vegan, it also happens to be free of gluten and refined sugar. Of course, it's also absolutely delicious!

This Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake I originally created ages ago, in March of 2012 to be exact, after a friend had challenged me to “heatlthify” an apple cake recipe he’d found on the Internet.

I’d readily accepted his challenge and practically reinvented the thing… Not only did I manage to keep it vegan, like the original, but also made it gluten and refined sugar free. Indeed, the only ingredients in charge of bringing sweetness to this gorgeous ring cake are apples and raisins. Yet, it tastes plenty sweet to be enjoyed as dessert!

HA! I’m telling you, cakes don’t get much healthier than this one. Especially not cakes that taste this good! This one has a really dense yet surprisingly moist texture, and offers very pleasant and distinct notes of buckwheat, which remind me of my childhood’s breakfasts, when my dad used to make buckwheat pancakes for us. Paired with apples, it’s like a match made in heaven!

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