This Black Lentil Charred Broccoli Shepherd’s Pie is an extremely warm and comforting entree. This unique take on shepherd’s pie captures the essence of the classic version minus the meat. The charred broccoli is bursting with flavor and it adds to the overall savory essence of the dish. The lentils provide protein and deliver a heartiness facet while the mashed potatoes deliver the comforting component.
My friend Lynn, over at “The Road To Honey” recently invited me to participate in a Virtual Saint Patrick’s Day party. The idea behind the virtual party is to have a group of bloggers to each individually prepare their favorite Irish-inspired recipe to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and post the recipe to their individual blogs at the same time. Just imagine a party with all of these delicious dishes at your very own Saint Paddy’s day celebration! There are cocktails, appetizers, main dishes and desserts.
I am always amazed by the food blogging community. Everyone is so sweet and supportive of each other. Although we all live in different parts of the globe, it is inspiring that we can get together to create virtual parties like this one.
Come join us if you are pondering on what to make for Saint Paddy’s Day. We’ve got you covered!
Each of the participating blogger’s recipes is available on their individual blogs. Click on the links below to check out all the amazing recipes. We will also be on Instagram with our personal hashtag #saintpatricksdayfeast2017
Approx. 1 1/2 hours to prep and cook + 20 to 25 minutes to bake
8 to 10 servings
- 2 Small White or Yellow Onions – thinly sliced
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Filtered Water
- 2 Tablespoons +1/3 Cup Dry White Wine – divided (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
- 2 Cloves Garlic – minced
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme or 1 teaspoon of dried
- 1 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt – or to taste
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 2 Teaspoons Arrowroot Powder
- 2 Vegetable Bouillon Cube – unsalted
- 1/3 Cup Tomato Sauce – I used strained tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Filtered Water
- 1 Cup Dried Black Lentils
- 4 Cups Filtered Water
- 1 Vegetable Bouillon Cube – unsalted
- 1/2 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt – or to taste
- 2 Large Heads Broccoli – 8 Cups – roughly chopped – (charring the broccoli literally halves in size)
- 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3/4 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt – or to taste
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 2 Pounds Russet Potatoes – peeled – cut into small cubes
- 2/3 Cups Milk
- 6 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 1/4 Teaspoons Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt – or to taste
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Slice the onions in half, cut the ends off and remove skin and slice into thin half circles.
Sort lentils to make sure there are no rocks then rinse and drain.
Cook until just tender approx. 15 minutes. You don’t want them too soft because they will continue to cook in the oven.
Check them at 15 minutes. They should be cooked but still firm. Strain and set aside.
Broccoli has a cholesterol-lowering ability and strong impact on our body’s detoxification system. It is also rich in both forms of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble. It is very high in vitamin C & K.
Lentils have extremely high levels of soluble fiber and a good amount of insoluble fiber. They have cholesterol-lowering fiber which helps stabilize blood sugar levels giving you a steady stream of energy. A half-cup provides about a third of the daily requirements. Not only is the fiber good for your heart, the amount of folate and magnesium is very beneficial for cardiovascular health. Lentils provide a steady stream of glucose to your brain. Glucose is a sugar and a key source of energy for the cells in the body and it is the only fuel your brain can use. The high fiber regulates the release of the glucose, providing a steady stream of fuel that powers your brain cells, and is a key component in keeping your brain healthy. Lentils are loaded with an impressive amount of blood-fortifying iron and when paired with food containing vitamin C, the iron is enhanced, which in turn increase your energy. They are truly a nutritional fountain of youth. Lentils originated in Southwestern Asia along the Indus River have been eaten for over 8000 years.