Warm Up Your Belly With This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Easy, Healthy Vegan Shepherd's Pie With Eggplant and Sweet Potatoes

It’s that time of year where we all want warming, cozy meals that make us feel full and content. Maybe you’re having someone over who doesn’t eat meat and you have no idea what to eat during winter, or maybe you’re plant-based yourself and are just looking for some new holiday food options.

This delicious Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Yam Mash is a little different from standard vegan winter dishes. But, that’s why I like it. As a nod to tradition, yams still play a central role in this dish. Here, I’ve mixed it up by adding beans and aubergine/eggplant to create a beautiful, textured meal that is as filling as it is tasty! It’s also quicker to make than a traditional Shepherd’s Pie as it doesn’t get baked in the oven. Instead, it just gets placed under your oven’s grill/broiler for 10 minutes to crisp the mash. This not only reduces cooking time but helps retain nutrients in the vegetables.

If your kitchen game is strong, you could just about make this Vegan Shepherd’s Pie in one hour but I’ve allowed a little extra time to compensate for the fact that we’re not all Nigella. Also, feel free to substitute ingredients in this dish as you see fit—if you don’t have an aubergine, use mushrooms instead. If you don’t have black beans, use white. Get creative when adjusting things to your taste!


If you’re looking for more winter dishes, check out these 15 Vegan Casseroles, from moussaka to plant-based chicken tetrazzini. These are perfect for weeknight family dinners. And, you can prep most of them ahead of time to save time.

For a budget-friendly option, read these Tips for Making Vegan Chili. You don’t need meat to make chili—it can be replaced with beans, lentils, mushrooms, or even plant-based meat crumbles. Plus, these recipes are packed with plant-based protein, so they’re also great as a post-workout meal.

Another great option for this time of year are these recipes for vegan chicken noodle soup—the classics never go out of style.

This recipe was republished with permission from Vancouver With Love.