Veggie Lentil Pot Pie

I recently had a hankering for a good ‘ol pot pie.  Something savoury, filling and hot; nothing like those salty, frozen, single-serve types- which I’m pretty sure don’t come vegetarian anyway.

I always thought you needed a pie crust to make one so I would shy away from the idea.  But then I looked around for some recipes, and many just had a biscuit-type crust on the top.  Voila, how easy could that be?!  Basically, you just fry your fave veggies, add a protein (I used green lentils as I think they take on ‘poultry’ type seasonings well), make a gravy and top it with your biscuit dough and pop it in the oven!  Coupled with a fresh salad, you’re good to go!  I had some left over brown rice in the fridge, so I added some of that too.

Veggie Lentil Pot Pie

Preheat oven to 400F

Filling:
Fry over medium heat:

  • 2 carrots, peeled & diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced

When onions turn clear, add:

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1.5 c cooked green lentils (I used canned)
  • 1/2c brown rice

Fry Lightly.
Then add:

  • 1/4c flour
  • 1/2 tsp of each dried rosemary, sage and thyme
  • salt & pepper

Fry lightly for 3 minutes.
Then add:

  • 1c veggie broth
  • 1.5c milk (I used almond)

Lower heat, stir and wait for your gravy to thicken.  Once thickened, remove from heat and spoon into a pie dish.

Crust:

Combine:

  • 1 3/4 c flour (I like to use a mix of white and whole wheat)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cut in (using a pastry blender or 2 knives):

  • 4-6 Tbsp cold butter or margarine

Once the mixture is well combined and butter is the size of small peas, pour in:

  • 1 c milk (again, I used almond)

and stir until combined.

Drop walnut sized pieces on top the filling in pie dish so that pie is almost entirely covered.

Place pie dish on a cookie sheet before putting in oven to prevent the filling possibly boiling over (I learned this one the hard way) and bake for 30-40 min until filling bubbles and dough is golden brown.

Before baking

After- golden brown!

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