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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Shepherdless Pie

This is one of the easiest, quickest throw-togethers. The hardest part is the mashed potatoes and if you aren't doing dairy-free then you can pick up mashed potatoes at the local fried chicken place.

This is something I have been making for years - although not often because Hubby is less than thrilled with vegetarian meals. Normally I do add the cheese and have buttery potatoes but that doesn't fit in with the dairy-free.

Sheperdless Pie

1 can kidney beans drained
1 can black beans drained
1 can creamed corn
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 cup salsa
1 can mixed vegetables
2 cups prepared mashed potatoes (I use way more, we like mashed potatoes)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded -- optional
1/4 cup corn flakes or some other bread crumb replacement -- optional

In a casserole dish, mix beans, corn, salsa, veggies, and garlic powder.
Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with cheese if using.
Bake in oven at 350 F for about 30 minutes or until hot.

I did 3 - 4 baking potatoes and one sweet potato for the mashed potatoes so they looked a little cheesy but it was just potatoes and margarine but no cheese. The cornflakes gave it a topping that we all loved plus it looked pretty.

My daughter loved it, my son liked it but was happier about the stir-fried cabbage (which I thought he would hate.) Hubby liked it, but pointed out that some ground beef would be good in it too. I think occasional vegetarian meals are good for us.

So all in all it was a hit.

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