The Weather is Getting Cooler. How About Some Comfort Food Without Meat?


Who doesn’t like comfort food? You know, a meal just grandma would make.

I’ve always loved shepherd’s pie, but when I decided to go to a plant-based lifestyle nearly 4 years ago, I thought my shepherd’s pie and other comfort food would be history. Not at all.

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I could still have my favorite dishes, like shepherd’s pie, with no meat. Instead of using ground beef or hamburger, you use a ground meat replacer. 43454400200

For the most part, meat replacement is typically made from textured soy protein or soy protein concentrate. You can find this in most grocery stores in the produce section. Most brands are free of cholesterol and saturated fat and high in protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B-12.

All of my kids love this dish. When I served it to them the first time, I just didn’t tell them what was in it. Now they request it all the time.kid christmas

Enjoy this comfort food and of course that vegan thing.peace ridge


4 medium potatoes, diced

2 tablespoon non-dairy butter (I use Earth’s Balance)

¼ cup almond milk

Sprinkle of salt and pepper

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

12 ounces faux ground beef-style crumbles (I use Gimmie Lean, Ives or Smart Ground)

1 10.5-ounce can Campbell’s mushroom gravy (I strain this so it’s just the liquid and no pieces of mushroom.)

1 6-ounce can of corn


Boil the potatoes for around or until tender. Drain and mash with the non-dairy milk and Earth’s Balance. Season with salt and pepper.

In a medium pan, saute the onion in the oil until translucent.

In a medium bowl, mix the cooked onions, crumbles, mushroom gravy and corn for about 10 minutes.

Pour into a pie pan. Put on top spreading to the edges.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the potatoes are browned.

Jeff Peterson

About Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson anchors Good Day Maine on CBS 13 from 4:30-7:00a.m and on FOX 23 from 7:00-8:00am. Back in 2012, he decided to become vegan. Jeff has lost over 50 pounds and his cholesterol has dropped dramatically. Besides having kids, It's the best decision he's ever made.