I call this a gardener’s pie instead of a shepherd’s pie since there is no meat. The cauliflower mash is so good and can be served on its own as a great alternative to mashed potatoes.

Serves 4

1 large cauliflower head
salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons
olive oil
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
8 asparagus, thinly sliced
1 small can of lentils, drained
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
pinch of red chili

  1. Cook the cauliflower in salted water until soft
  2. Drain, and add 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  3. Use an immersion blender to turn it into a thick mash.
  4. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and sauté onions, carrots, celery, and asparagus until tender.
  6. Add the lentils, onion powder, thyme, chili, and some salt
  7. Spoon into an ovenproof dish and top with the cauliflower mash
  8. Place under the grill for a few minutes until golden
  9. Serve warm.


Cauliflower mash can be me made as side dish instead of mashed potatoes or it can be grated and served as a rice type side dish.

Photography by Paul 'Sweet Paul' Lowe

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