This lentil shepherd’s pie is great for the whole family
If you are looking for a delicious vegan shepherd’s pie recipe that is cheap to make and easy to cook then this is for you.
This family recipe is perfect for those nights that you need your family to eat something healthy or even a meal to bulk out when guests come to dinner.
This is a great recipe that you can make advance by pre-chopping all the vegetables or buy as many as you can be frozen or tinned. We love using tinned and frozen vegetables as it means less prepping and you can just use the amount you need without them going off.
If you’re looking for more vegan cheap recipes that the whole family will love then have a look at:
51 Quick Vegan Meals for Kids – These are quick and easy meals for the whole family on a budget.
51 Easy Vegan Lunch Ideas For the Whole Family – It can be hard to find lunch ideas when you are on the go. This list will help you come up with some ideas.
The Best Cheap Vegan Meals For The Whole Family – If you struggle to fill your weekly meal plan up then these recipes are for you. They are great for the whole family to enjoy.
The Best Pasta Vegan Recipes for Under £1 a Head – These are our best pasta vegan recipes. They are great for beginner cooks and really easy to make if you are in a rush.
If you are a beginner cook and aren’t too sure where to start then look at Spicenice*. They send you little spice packs with detailed instructions and a shopping list so you know what to buy and how to cook that recipe.
They are great to help you grow in confidence as a home cook while being gluten-free. You can get vegan meal ideas too.
We brought them for a while when we had the kids and got into a food rut. We have kept all the instruction cards as they give us great inspiration on weeks when we are struggling to fill our meal plan.
All the meals they suggest are budget and family-friendly too!
We have made loads of meals with Spicentice like:
5 Shopping on a budget tips
If you are struggling to shop on a budget then here are our top 5 tips to help get you started:
1. Meal plan every week.
You can make your own weekly meal plan or sign up and download my meal plans and shopping lists for free. Having several copies on hand will help inspire you to get started and keep up the meal plans for several weeks. Before you know it, meal planning will become a natural part of your routine.
You could also have a look at these posts below for inspiration:
The Ultimate £1 Per Head Budget Meal Planning List – This is our huge list of £1 a head family meals that you can use to save yourself money. We have everything from vegan meals to fakeaway recipes.
101 Aldi Recipes That Will Give You Dinner Ideas For Tonight – If you are struggling to think of what to have for dinner tonight then use our huge list here.
Feeding a Family on a Budget: This Weekly Shop is Just £18 – This is an £18 a week meal plan and shopping list. It won’t work for you every week but it may help save you some money when you really need it.
2. Write down everything you use that week.
After a few days of writing down what you’ve been eating, you’ve probably got a bit on your list already. Now it’s time to fill in your meal plan and make your shopping list from that. You can even break it down further into sections like produce, meats, refrigerated, frozen, etc.
3. Use cashback sites.
We use OhMyDosh that gives you money back every time you spend through them. Use my link here to get £1 added your account straight away*.
4. Use your kitchen staples.
Before you even start meal planning, check what you have already. Do you have any kitchen staples that you could use to bulk out any meals or use on days you’re late home? Is there anything in your freezer you could eat to bring this week’s shopping list down?
5. Shop for your freezer.
Freezer food is great when you just want a small portion of something. We buy all our meat frozen, vegetables and even some fruit. That way we only take out what we need and it stops it from going off.
Vegan shepherd’s pie shopping list
This recipe takes about 10 minutes to prep and about 20 minutes to cook from start to finish. This recipe serves four people and can be frozen as leftovers to be enjoyed another night.
This comes in at just 82p a person for a family of four.
1 tin chickpeas 33p
1 tin lentils 55p
2 large potatoes 20p
3 sweet potatoes 47p
1 onion 8p
4 sundried tomatoes 20p
5 mushrooms 40p
2 carrots 14p
2 celery sticks 60p
2 garlic cloves 5p
300ml vegan stock 3p
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 6p
2 tbsp tomato puree 10p
2 tbsp low cal spray 10p
Total: £3.31 = 82p for a family of four
- 21 Cheap Meals for a Week for a Family
- 51 Quick Vegan Meals for Kids
- The Ultimate Budget Meal Planning List: 31 Meals Under £1 Per Serving
Vegan shepherd’s pie recipe
Peel and chop your potatoes. Boil them for about 12 minutes or until soft. Then drain.
Heat some low cal spray over medium heat. Add your chopped carrots, onions and celery. Make sure they are cut in chucks. Cook for about 10 minutes or in till soft and tender.
Add the mushrooms, tomatoes and the chopped garlic. Fry them all off and add the puree and balsamic vinegar. Cook it all for 5 minutes.
Add lentils and chickpeas with the stock and cook for two minutes. Turn the heat off and add the lentil mix.
Make sure the oven is set to 200 degrees. Mash the potatoes with vegan butter and salt. Mash the potatoes over the lentil mix and fork the potatoes over.
Put it in the oven for 10 minutes. Then grill for 2 or 3 minutes in till the top is crispy.
This really is a lovely family recipe that anyone can cook.
Why not have some mixed vegetables with it to push up your intake? The sweet potato really does make this sweet for the kids too!
If you enjoyed this post and would like some more family friendly budget recipes or meal plan ideas, then head over to the budget food section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 30 cheap posts dedicated to helping you cook and shop wiser for less. There’s enough tips to help you save over £300 a month! You could also pop over and follow my family food Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on how to eat well and spend less; Family Meal Plans on a Budget, Budget Family Meals & Budget Slimming World Recipes for Families.
Love this post? Then why not save it to Pinterest so you can easily find it later.
What the * means
If a link has an * by it, then this means it is an affiliate link and helps S4SM stay free for all. If you use the link, it may mean that we receive a very small payment. It will not cost you anymore that it would normally.
You shouldn’t notice any difference and the link will never negatively impact the product. The items we write about are NEVER dictated by these links. We aim to look at all products on the market. If it isn’t possible to get an affiliate link, then the link, or product is still included in the same way, just with a non-paying link.
- 1 tin chickpeas
- 1 tin lentils
- 2 large potatoes
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 1 onion
- 4 sundried tomatoes
- 5 mushrooms
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery sticks
- 2 garlic cloves
- 300ml vegan stock
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 2 tbsp low cal spray
- Peel and chop your potatoes. Boil them for about 12 minutes or until soft. Then drain.
- Heat some low cal spray over medium heat. Add your chopped carrots, onions and celery. Make sure they are cut in chucks. Cook for about 10 minutes or in till soft and tender.
- Add the mushrooms, tomatoes and the chopped garlic. Fry them all off and add the puree and balsamic vinegar. Cook it all for 5 minutes.
- Add lentils and chickpeas with the stock and cook for two minutes. Turn the heat off and add the lentil mix.
- Make sure the oven is set to 200 degrees. Mash the potatoes with vegan butter and salt. Mash the potatoes over the lentil mix and fork the potatoes over.
- Put it in the oven for 10 minutes. Then grill for 2 or 3 minutes in till the top is crispy.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Amount Per Serving Calories 411Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 2mgSodium 196mgCarbohydrates 83gFiber 15gSugar 16gProtein 17g
Please check that this information is correct before you consume.