Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

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Confession: I know I have been slacking on my dinners lately (as in, not creating delicious, fun, healthy recipes that you might actually want to create, too!).  This is going to change… starting tonight!  🙂


Vegan Shepherd’s Pie


The secret to this lovely shepherd’s pie is the pancake-mix filling and the sweet potato topping.  The filling is so creamy, and the sweet potato adds a little twist to the traditional shepherd’s pie recipe!  Did I mention it’s vegan?


Ingredients (for three large servings):


  • 3 small sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup rice milk
  • 2 ears worth of corn
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup whole wheat pancake mix
  • 1.5 cup water, divided into .5 cup and 1 cup
  • 1/2 can of kidney beans, drained
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili Powder




  • Wash sweet potatoes and stab with forks.  Wrap in paper towels and microwave for 8 minutes or until soft.
  • Peel sweet potatoes and place in small bowl.  Add rice milk and mash.  Set aside.


  • Meanwhile, place carrots, corn, and celery with .5 cup water, salt, pepper, and chili powder (just dashes of everything) in pan and cook on medium-low for approximately 20 minutes or until celery begins to soften.


  • Add pancake mix and 1 cup water to cooked vegetables.  Add more water if it’s too dry – you want it to be a thick paste.
  • Mix in kidney beans.
  • Pour pancake and veggie mix into a casserole dish (a loaf pan is the perfect size).  Spread out evenly.


  • Top with sweet potato mix.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Cut and serve.  Enjoy!


I had my with a slice of dry toast.  I love dry toast.


It was VERY good.  Super filling and definitely something you could serve to someone “afraid” of vegan dishes.


Earlier today, I had a serving of Pumpkin Yogurt.  ‘Twas as delicious as always.


In Other News…


Guess what?  I finally registered for Croom Fools Run!  The race is on April 3.  So soon!

Croom is a 15.0-mile trail race that takes place in the Withlacoochee State Forest in Central Florida.  The forest was named one of the "10 Coolest Places in North America" by the World Wildlife Fund.


Last year’s race was a BLAST, but it was very, very physically grueling.   Here’s the race recap.  And a fun 7-second YouTube video:


I’m looking forward to being better trained for the race this year.  🙂


And… I’m off!  Have a great night.



  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 2, 2010, 7:53 pm

    That shepherds pie looks amazing! I have never had it WITH meat, so I’d probably really like this!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 2, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Oh wow… the shepherd’s pie looks to die for!! I’ve never had any kind of shepherd’s pie before but I will have to try that. LOVE sweet potatoes… and the pancake mix, genius!!!

    Congrats on the Croom’s!! I’m sure it will be loads of fun. Trail racing sounds awesome!! I’d love to try it once I can run again. Is it harder? Any tips on beginning trail running?

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats March 2, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Which pancake mix did you use?! I need a good, healthy, not a mile long ingredient list, vegan pancake mix!

  • Evan Thomas March 2, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Yum! That pie sounds good; I would not have thought about the pancake mix

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) March 2, 2010, 7:57 pm

    MMM, I bet maple syrup would be good in there. Ohhh, maybe some marshmellow topping… mmmmmm. I know how to make everything unhealthy.
    P.S. Thats the cutest pan!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 2, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Yum! I love shepherd’s pie, but it really intimdates me to make at home!

    I had toast as part of my dinner tonight too 🙂

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices March 2, 2010, 7:57 pm

    I haven’t had sheperd’s pie either, I know I would LOVE this. That trail race seems like so much fun, I would love to try something like that (once) in my life.

  • Meghan@traveleatlove March 2, 2010, 7:59 pm

    Yum! This looks like total comfort food!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 2, 2010, 8:00 pm

    LAKSJD:LIWJRKLDJSADJA that just made up for any blah/repetitive dinner ever!! Although I don’t think your dinners are as blah as mine! I’m trying to clean out my fridge in preparation for Spring Break so I feel like every meal is a random combination of perishable food. I hate wasting food though so it’s gotta get eaten!

    I’m not vegan but that looks like something even die hard meat eaters would devour.

  • Matt March 2, 2010, 8:02 pm

    Wow that looks great!

  • Becky @ flybynyght March 2, 2010, 8:03 pm

    Sweet potato topping? That has never occurred to me! Can’t wait to try it – and I can’t wait to try my first trail race – hopefully this spring!

  • Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES March 2, 2010, 8:05 pm

    sweet potato and pancake mix in shepherd’s pie? me gusta. i’ve never liked the meatiness of the real version but i’ve always loved the potatoey pie concept–so i feel like i might fall in love with this.

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit March 2, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Such a fun race!!!!

    Ok, sweet potato shepards pie? That’s my kind of girl! I’ve been slacking in the creative food department myself lately. I think we just go through phases!

  • Shayna @ Cuts and Curves March 2, 2010, 8:07 pm

    I don’t even like shepherd’s pie, but your version looks awesome!

  • Karla March 2, 2010, 8:09 pm

    What an interesting twist to shepard’s pie! Great way to use pancake mix too!

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story March 2, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I love the idea of sweet potato topped shepherd’s pie. You got my brain churning to make my own twist. 🙂

  • Whitney @ March 2, 2010, 8:12 pm

    Shepherd’s pie looks fantabulous. I’ve never heard of putting sweet potato on top, but gah that sounds good!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward March 2, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Yay for the trail race! I had so much fun reading your recap last year 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 2, 2010, 8:14 pm

    I love shepherd’s pie!! This recipe looks great!!

    That trail race sounds like so much fun!!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner March 2, 2010, 8:16 pm

    That looks delicious!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) March 2, 2010, 8:20 pm

    I NEED to make this when I get back to America in April — Shepherd’s Pie was one of my fave pre-veg dishes but even then, I knew it wasn’t healthy. This looks awesome. 😀

  • Christina March 2, 2010, 8:55 pm

    That Shepard’s pie looks amazing. I’ve only made it vegetarian using fake meat. I’m definitely bookmarking this!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 2, 2010, 9:00 pm

    YUM! I always top my shephards pie with sweet potato too 🙂

  • Jamie March 2, 2010, 9:00 pm

    My husband saw me spooning out canned pumpkin into a bowl of yogurt yesterday and just looked at me and said “you are eating pumpkin out of a can. You must be pregnant.” Guys just don’t get it I suppose 😉

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 9:04 pm

      hahah awesome comment.

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN March 2, 2010, 9:01 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the new recipe! I can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    You have really peaked my interest in trail running… I believe I’ll be attempting one in the near future. We’re so lucky to live in Florida where there are so many nice outdoor areas to do such a thing.

  • swimsutra March 2, 2010, 9:05 pm

    So I know trail running is supposed to be a little easier on the joints than concrete or paved tracks, but did you find it was harder on the rest of the body to run trail vs. road/sidewalk? I like trail running the few times I’ve tried it, but everytime my core aches so much! I guess it works different muscles to stabilize? Anyway, good luck in the upcoming race!

    Also, wow, I need dinner that shepherd’s pie looks delicious!

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 9:06 pm

      it was easier on my joints, but my body was NOT used to running on different surfaces – crooms includes sand, rocks, hill, fields, everything. it was rough just from trying to stabilize all the time!

  • Kelly March 2, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Wow I did not notice that you were slacking on dinners but this one looks AMAZING. Might have to try that very soon- this looks way better than regular shephards pie haha

  • Emily Eats and Exercises March 2, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I’ve made sweet potato shepherd’s pie before, but not with pancake mix. Interesting idea.
    Your recipes always inspire me to look back to eating beans – such a good vegetarian source of protein.
    Good luck with your race!

  • Melissa March 2, 2010, 9:30 pm

    dinner – amazing! I’m kicking myself for passing up the sweet potatoes at the store today!!! I KNEW I would regret! I’m trying this pronto!

    and I tried a green monster today – also amazing! I didn’t believe I wouldn’t taste the Spinach – but you totally don’t! awesome!

  • Abby March 2, 2010, 9:34 pm

    This is going in my arsenal!

  • Jolene ( March 2, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Can you believe I have never in my whole life had Sheppard’s pie!!?? I see it all the time at Costco and keep meaning to buy it, but now I might have to try this one instead!!

  • Beth March 2, 2010, 9:50 pm

    That vegan sheppard’s pie looks awesome! I love the idea of using sweet potatoes on top!

  • Amanda March 2, 2010, 10:00 pm

    This looks so delish! Thanks so much for sharing, I’m def. starring this to make very soon !:)

  • jen trinque March 2, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Ooh, that’s a different twist on the veggie shepherd’s pie I make, I’ll have to try that.

  • Samantha March 2, 2010, 11:08 pm

    I’m making this for my supper tonight!!! I think I might do it in muffin tins and freeze the extras. YUM!

    And congrats on getting accepted for Brooks ID! You deserve it! I didn’t even reapply this year . I have my tech tee if you’d like me to send it to you. I only wore it a couple times and it wouldn’t be fair to wear it anymore.

  • Runeatrepeat March 2, 2010, 11:13 pm

    I love veggie shepherd’s pie 🙂

  • Colleen March 2, 2010, 11:26 pm

    That looks so good! I’ve never had shepherd’s pie, mainly because it always looks so fatty and unnutritious. Thanks for providing a healthified version that I actually WANT to try.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 2, 2010, 11:37 pm

    I loved the video. Looks like fun! =P

  • Heather March 3, 2010, 12:07 am

    Yum. I think? LOLs.

  • Catherine March 3, 2010, 12:13 am

    I LOVE trail running, but there aren’t too many good places where I live now.

    I can’t wait to make that vegan casserole! I try to cook for my mom and brother when I can because of their extremely busy lives and the fact that both are horrible eaters with many health problems. I’ve made a few of your recipes for them and they LOVED them! Just thought I’d give you the kudos, especially since you are kind enough to post your recipes 🙂

    • caitlin March 3, 2010, 8:01 am

      thank you so much 🙂 what a sweet comment.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 3, 2010, 3:10 am

    Great recipe idea! So creative 🙂
    I heard about that race on Meghann’s blog and I thought it looked SO fun – you’ll have such a good time, I’m so jealous!! I want to try a trail run 😛

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini) March 3, 2010, 5:10 am

    I have a similar vegan shepherd’s pie recipe that I must post. It’s so easy and I will definitely be trying this one out, maybe even tonight.

    I have been meaning to ask, are you raffles etc only open to US bloggers?

    • caitlin March 3, 2010, 8:01 am

      the MBT shoe one is only for US residents but some of the future ones might be open to all. ill let you know.

  • Sophie @ yumventures March 3, 2010, 9:24 am

    Awesome idea to use the pancake mix! I love shepard’s pie, so I’ll have to try it!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 3, 2010, 9:37 am

    The sweet potato topping looks like it makes that dish 🙂

  • Kelly March 3, 2010, 10:52 am

    Shepards pie is one of my favorite dinners, your vegan one looks so yummy!

  • Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life March 3, 2010, 11:37 am

    Ooh the vegan Shepherd’s pie looks so yummy! What an original idea to use the pancake mix, I can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks so much for posting it!

  • Nicci@NIftyEats March 3, 2010, 11:56 am

    I can’t wait to try this Shepherds pie recipe. I’ve never had shepherds pie before. What’s in a non-vegan shepherds pie.

  • Anne P March 3, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Ooo that looks amazing. You are the casserole queen!

  • Natalie Rae March 3, 2010, 1:17 pm

    Great recipe! I totally bookmarked it!

  • Nicole, RD March 3, 2010, 2:34 pm

    The Shepherd’s pie looks delicious!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 3, 2010, 3:18 pm

    i adore this recipe…i’m needing to find something to make for dinner tonight, and i think this might be it!!! a big YUM to the sweet potatoes on top!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion March 3, 2010, 4:18 pm

    That Shepard’s pie looks outstanding!!!

  • LeanGreenLiving March 4, 2010, 11:05 am

    THANK YOU!!! My vegan son said “Mom, I LOVE this. If you make this every night for the rest of the year that would be fine.” Btw. . . I didn’t have sweet potatoes, but I did have everything else and some butternut squash soup, so I stirred a cup of the soup into the mixture on the stove and then baked everything in a loaf pan in the toaster oven to avoid heating up a whole oven. Moist and FANTASTIC.

    • Caitlin March 4, 2010, 11:08 am

      YA what a glowing review!

  • Marysa March 14, 2010, 11:34 pm

    I just made this with yams, rice milk, celery and peas. I used whole wheat pastry mix I found in the organic aisle at my local market. I added a little cheese on top with some paprika also. It’s not shepards pie without paprika 🙂 I love your recipes. I went through your blog for an hour today making my grocery list for new, vegetarian recipes. Thank you!!

    • Marysa March 14, 2010, 11:35 pm

      I mean almond* milk. Which I think is a suitable substitute for rice.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2010, 10:05 am

      that sounds yummy! i’m glad my recipes are working for you 🙂

  • Sünne April 4, 2010, 4:52 pm


    This recipe sounds so good and I’ve been meaning to try sweet potatoes for such a long time now! Just one question: Is there anything I might sub for the pancake mix? I don’t live in the US and can’t get any pancake mixes around here.

    Oh, also (since it’s my first comment): I really like your blog!!!

    • Caitlin April 4, 2010, 4:53 pm

      hi there 🙂 thanks so much! you can probably sub any sort of waffle, pancake, muffin mix, or even just whole wheat flour.

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