New to the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle? Meat craving is totally normal. It takes time to get on with your new diet and so understanding where is your craving coming from is key to accepting this change. I didn’t have much meat craving regarding taste, but I had a lot of fun creating vegan versions my favourite meat dishes.
I cook and eat with a meat-eater very often, so I am keen to show them that it is completely possible to create a rich, fulfilling and satisfying meal without meat that tastes as good as it’s meat counterpart.
A recipe that satisfies your craving for meaty tastes without harming any animals, why not?
Here is my very “meaty” meatless shepherd’s pie.
Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender, takes around 15-20 minutes. When cooked, drain the potatoes and then add vegan butter, almond milk, salt and pepper.
Mash with a fork or potato masher and set aside.
Heat the vegetable oil in a pan, add the minced garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes until the garlic turns slightly golden in colour. Add the diced onion and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
Drop in the vegan mince, vegetables and season with bouillon, salt, bay leaf and thyme, mix thoroughly. Pour over the water, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 10 minutes. Finally, add the vegetarian gravy powder, stir and cook for another couple of minutes.
The vegan mince should be in a very thick and rich gravy.
Transfer the mince into an ovenproof dish.
Add the mash on top, ruffle with a fork. Put it in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until you see the top of the mash starts to turn golden and the mince is bubbling up at the edges. The shepherd’s pie is ready!
I have cooked this dish for quite a few meat eater friends, they all love the taste and texture of the pie. It is a vibrant flavourful dish that can fill you up and fulfil meat cravings. I hope you like this recipe and share this with your vegan, vegetarian and meat-eater friends, perhaps even all enjoy the dinner together! Love and sharing!
This recipe was created for Veahero, a cool new (free!) meal planning platform for vegans and vegetarians.
If you have followed and made this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and take a picture, tagging it with #k33_kitchen and share it on Instagram! I’d be very excited to see what you come up with. Cheers, hope you enjoy my recipes! <3 <3
Hello! My name is Kee. I’m an illustrator, graphic designer, music lover, gym freak, mountain hiker, vegan cook and wine drinker based in London.
For me, food is not just the indulgence of taste-buds; it is a way to connect people together, a way of feeling, of touching, of loving and of sharing. It creates a moment, a memory and a togetherness with someone you care for or an experience just for yourself. I want to create delicious plant-based dishes that everyone can experience and enjoy together, whether vegan, vegetarian or meat eater. Seeing people’s joy when eating just gives me gives me butterflies and so here I am. Welcome to K33 Kitchen! <3 <3