What makes this healthier is adding cauliflower to the potatoes instead of using all potatoes. If you want to use meat instead of lentils, I recommend using an organic lean ground turkey or chicken. 1 small package of lean ground meat will replace the lentils and the carrots. However, you can leave the carrots in if you want.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 large carrots, diced
1 can whole kernel corn
3 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup low sodium vegetable stock
4 large red potatoes, cut into quarters (sweet potatoes are also great)
1 small head of cauliflower, cut into same size as potatoes
1½ cups cooked lentils (or 1 can) *See cooking tip below*
1 pinch sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2-4 tablespoons nut milk (or regular milk)
Place oven rack in center and preheat the broiler.
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and carrot and cook until soft. Stir in the corn, lentils, vegetable stock, and tomato paste, Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until thickened.
Place the potatoes and cauliflower in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook until soft. Drain and add them back to the pot. Mash with a potato masher, stir in the milk, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Prepare an 8 to 10 inch square-baking dish by coating the bottom with coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil. Pour in the vegetable filling and smooth it out. Top with the mashed potatoes/cauliflower mixture, evening spreading it out, and place under the warm broiler until the top is brown and crisp.
* To cook lentils, place in a saucepan, cover with at least 1 inch of water, bring to a simmer and cook until just tender, 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of lentil. Drain and rinse with cold water. 1 cup dry lentils = approximately 2½ cups cooked.*
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