Recipe created by Aine McAteer
This is my variation on traditional Shepherd's Pie. Instead of meat, I use azuki beans, and instead of mashed potato, I use creamed millet. The combination of grain and beans makes a more complete protein, so this is a very balanced dish for vegetarians.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup millet
  • 1 large parsnip , peeled and diced
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion , diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 carrot , diced
  • 2 stalks celery , sliced
  • 1 small sweet potato , peeled and diced
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cups cooked azuki beans
  • 1 Tbsp. tamari (soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil (for topping)
Directions
To make creamed millet topping: Rinse and drain millet. Put into a pot with the diced parsnip and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, add salt and cover pot. Simmer on a low heat for 35 minutes. Mash millet, adding the minced parsley. While the millet is cooking, you can prepare your bean and vegetable mixture.

To make bean and veggie base: Warm the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic for about 30 seconds. Add the thyme, carrot, celery, sweet potato and sea salt and continue to sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Drizzle in about 1/3 cup of water and cover pan. Let the veggies cook until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the beans and tamari and continue to simmer for several minutes.

Place the vegetable and bean mixture into a casserole dish and top with the creamed millet. Drizzle olive oil on top and place under a hot broiler for about 5 minutes until sizzling and lightly browned on top. Keep at least 6 inches away from the heat source to avoid burning. Alternatively, you can put into a hot oven for about 15 minutes.

Variations:
  • Try other vegetable combinations, such as red onion, leek and squash or carrots, turnip and zucchini.
  • Add a little mustard and/or lemon zest to the vegetables for extra flavor. You could spice it up with some fresh or dried chili or some cumin and dried coriander in place of the thyme.
  • If you don't have tamari, you could add a little more sea salt and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.
  • If you like, you can top the vegetables with regular mashed potatoes or sweet potato mash or a mixture of both.

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