Like my title? I Googled that exact expression last week. Ryan complained to me that too many of our meals consist of hamburger meat, even though I complain to him often about how expensive meat is. He asked me to bring home chicken breasts and steaks- what are we, royalty? Ha ha ha! I suggested that in order to afford a meal of more expensive meat that we should finally start doing a meatless night. I would use the money saved on meat from that night to go towards a more expensive meat another night.

I had no idea what to make because Ryan is a man’s man and needs to be filled, hence my Google search. ย One of the first recipes that popped up was Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie which was perfect because Ryan loves mashed potatoes (he put them on his burritos one night-no joke). All the recipes I found however were so complicated and had such a long ingredient list that I decided to make my own and below is the end result.

I read a few recipes and got a vague idea of what I wanted to do.


I’m afraid I don’t have measurements for any of these, I just kind of went “by gosh and by golly” as my grandma would say.

  • instant mashed potatoes (I know I suck)
  • beans (that’s the protein)
  • sweet potatoes
  • celery
  • carrots
  • corn
  • peas
  • onions
  • garlic
  • soy milk
  • spices

I put together the main dish in a casserole dish and poured soy milk over it in place of cream of mushroom soup (since dairy is a huge no for me). I cooked the veggies for about 1.5 hours at 400 F .



After it was cooked, I threw together the potatoes and spread them on top. I only had one package and this could have used two.


And just to top off this savoury, comfort meal I heated up some gluten free gravy to put on top

Ryan loved it and didn’t gripe about the lack of meat at all so all in all this was a successful experiment. I’ll need to try out some other recipes too!


  • backtowhatever February 6, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I have the same problems ๐Ÿ™‚ but we’ve been trying with vegetarian kitchen for a bit longer and it’s getting better and better as soon as you understand that there’s more in a vegetarian’s life than just salad ๐Ÿ™‚

  • briwifruit February 6, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I need to try this. My boyfriend is a meatarian, and doesn’t feel satisfied unless he’s eaten a dead animal at least twice during the day. I’m vegan at home, but will eat chicken and fish only when I’m at his place just so it doesn’t stress him out.

  • milligan308 February 6, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    My wife and daughter have gone gluten free, I make this meal at least once a week, they love it, I make it in a non stick skillet (Idaho instant potato’s) steam frozen Mexican style veggies in microwave and add to skillet. Adding quinoa on the side.

    • Betty LIVIN February 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Yum! Quinoa sounds awesome! This was such a tasty meal and it filled my meat eater right up!


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