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Super Sleepy Sweet Potatoes

sweet potato shepherds pie

As I mentioned in a previous post, my roommate Emily gave up meat for Lent and we’ve been taking turns cooking for each other once or twice a week.

I get a lot of requests to show examples of actual meals I eat (as opposed to just the desserts); therefore I thought I’d post about our dinner last night.

For more examples of how I eat, see: My Non-Dessert Recipes.

sweet potato shepherds pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie?

I initially wanted to make a real shepherd’s pie, topping my Bread-Free Vegan Stuffing recipe with mashed sweet potato and then baking. But life got busy, and there was no time for the extra baking step. So I settled on a “deconstructed” shepherd’s pie. It was so absolutely delicious that now I don’t think I’ll ever bother trying the longer version!

(Unpictured, I also had Ezekiel toast and a larger serving of the lentil filling.)

Sleepy Sweet Potatoes

(deconstructed Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie)

  • 1 medium onion, sliced (175g)
  • 1-2 cups spinach (I used 60g)
  • 2-4 carrots, cut into coins (I used 140g, but feel free to use more)
  • 1/2 can diced tomatoes
  • Optional: 1 zucchini, cut in coins (I used 280g, but I steamed 1/2 separately and mixed them in later.)
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into coins (I used 65g)
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup cooked lentils, drained and mashed (I used 110g Westbrae)
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil (You can omit this, but you’ll lose the yummy, buttery taste!)

Heat oil, then add carrots, zucchini, onion, and celery. Cook a few minutes (like 10), then add spinach, lentils, spices, and tomato. Cook 2 more minutes. Add the water, bring to a boil, then cover and lower to simmer for 45-50 minutes, or until the carrots are soft and stuffing is flavorful. Without the optional ingredients, this makes around 3 cups, or around 2 servings. Serve with rice, polenta, or roasted potatoes or yams.

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Published on March 21, 2012

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  1. Laura says

    It’s been awhile since I’ve had a sweet potato…yum!

    I’m a ridiculously light sleeper. I can’t imagine sleeping through an alarm or ringing phone!

  2. T says

    Yum that looks GREAT! Can’t find sweet potatoes anywhere in Serbia and I’m missing them a ton.

    I would add thyme to the mix as well…

  3. LizAshlee says

    There are a few colors I haven’t seen on this blog…it’s usually just that dark chocolate color..hehe…looks like a great recipe…thanks for sharing!

  4. Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers says

    Loooove sweet potatoes. 🙂 Although, I have to have them with cinnamon!

    Oh and–I wake up at the drop of a pin!

  5. Elizabeth @ Chocolate Drops and Pearls says

    I am the world’s lightest sleeper. Not only do I wake up to the slightest sound but I’ll wake up in the middle of the night for no reason! I woke up just last night at 2am out of the blue!

  6. Brittany says

    I never was a light sleeper until I moved in with boyfriend three years ago who lives next to train tracks AND an airport. After a horrible adjustment period, I can now sleep like a rock

  7. Sarah says

    I have trouble w/ leftovers as well, sometimes I freeze them, however I never have a problem getting rid of pumkin bc it is my fav waffle and pancake flavors!

  8. Megan says

    I finally got to try this for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!! And so colorful. I took a picture of all the veggies cooking in the pan and I couldn’t resist taking a picture of my dinner plate, too 🙂 Isn’t it funny that today also happened to be a sort of dreary day? Kind of like the day you described in your post. I guess I was just in the need of some color! Thank you so much for the idea!

  9. Rhaina says

    Great recipe! My mom, who never likes the vegetarian recipes I make, loved it. I added some mushrooms, which were delicious with the lentils.

  10. Jessica Adkins says

    Do you know why I love you?! Everything is so easy,appealing, and tasty! Thanks so much for helping my family be healthy 🙂 loving the non-dessert entry’s!

  11. Tamra says

    Can I put all of these ingredients into a crockpot and get the same results? Can I find cooking times for sweet potatoes somewhere on your site?

  12. mike says

    Hello Friends,
    Please advice me if sweet yam (with soy milk ) help sleep well?
    Thank you very much for your advice.



  13. Emily says

    haha i know this comment is really late but i had to respond to the QOTD 🙂
    i am a super deep sleeper, apparently when i was a little kid i slept through my dad accidentally setting of the fire alarm! but somehow my moms voice always manages to wake me up.
    ps. these potatoes look so good!!!

  14. Anonymous says

    Hi! Can I use frozen spinach in a pinch? Your blog is fulfilling of easy and quick recipes but always delicious:) the more I navigate to, the more I discover old ones and for me it’s great news!
    Thanks so much

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