Lentil Butternut Squash Shepherd’s Pie

Hold onto your tastebuds! Because this casserole is just loaded with flavor. And the best part about it? It is SO EASY to make and has very few ingredients.

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Simmer the lentils with the water, onion and spices until all the water is absorbed. I covered mine to start, then removed the lid when the lentils were tender to allow the excess water to cook off.
  2. To roast the squash: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice squash lengthways and scoop out the seeds. Place into a baking dish, cut side down, and roast until tender. A fork should glide easily into the squash when it’s done. Mine took about 45 minutes.
  3. When it’s cool enough to handle, scrape out the flesh of the squash and mash it well.
  4. Remove the bay leaves from the lentils, add the nutritional yeast and stir well to combine. Spread the lentils in the bottom of a lightly oiled casserole dish. Top with the mashed squash. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees F until bubbly.

Always fascinated by the subject of nutrition, Helyn first strayed from eating animal-based products in 2012. She immediately saw so many health benefits from eating only plants that she decided to share some fun recipes she was creating in her kitchen by starting a blog. Before long, her following exploded and she now has a loyal readership, a published smoothie book, and over 600 recipes on helyn's plant-based kitchen! She is a graduate of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through eCornell and plans to continue her education in order to help others realize a healthier lifestyle, a greener planet, and a more compassionate world.
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