Lentils are wonderful and this is a delicious, comforting, nutritious meal that is also quite easy to prepare.
For the Chive Mashed Potatoes: I simply boiled little creamer potatoes whole, drained them, then roughly mashed with some soy milk, chives, salt and pepper. At the end, I mixed in a small drizzle of olive oil. Earth Balance margarine is great in mashed potatoes, but I'm sticking with the olive oil since I have found I like the margarine a little too much and tend to go overboard with it. There's no right or wrong way to prepare mashed potatoes so use any type of potatoes and flavorings that you like.
Savory Lentil Pie with Chive Mashed Potatoes
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried savory leaves (if using ground savory, a pinch will do)
1 cup dry green or brown lentils, sorted and rinsed
1 liter veggie broth (I use Imagine Organic No-Chicken)
2 tablespoons vegetarian Worcestershire*
1 teaspoon Organic Gourmet Wild Mushroom Seasoning
1 cup diced carrots
1 tablespoon flour mixed with about 1/4 cup water
1 cup peas
Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute onions and celery until softened then add garlic and saute another minute. Add herbs, lentils, broth, Worcestershire and Mushroom Seasoning. Simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally then add carrots and cook another 10-15 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
Once the lentils are tender, make a slurry of flour and water and add a small amount of it to the lentil mixture. Bring to a boil and allow to thicken. Add more of the flour mixture, if needed, to get the desired consistency. The lentils will thicken a bit upon standing. (Add a little water if it gets too thick.) Stir in peas and heat through. Season lentil filling with salt and pepper.
Scoop individual portions of lentil filling into small dishes and top with chive mashed potatoes.
You can actually use a blender to make your mashed potatoes, I have found this is the best way to make them. Just toss the potatoes into the blender, and blend until there aren't many chunks reminaing. A blender with a high power setting is preferred. Althought it does not have to be the best blender on the market to be effective. We would reccomend the Vitamix 750 to any of our readers!
*I used 2 tablespoons of vegetarian Worcestershire. You may need to use less according to the strength of your brand. I find the brand I have been using to be a little on the bland side.
Edited to clarify instructions.