The other day I was wanting to eat Shepard's pie. However, I didn't really want to make a meat based one, because we had had meat the last two or three days in a row. I really wanted this comfort food, but was trying to figure out how to make it vegetarian. I thought, what about lentils? (I make a killer "Sloppy Sam's" using lentils!) Lentils are very high in protein, but rather inexpensive to buy. I happened to have some, and we had not eaten them for awhile. That being said, I googled, "Lentil Shepard's Pie."
Here is the recipe I found and everyone really enjoyed it. Sam, my picky one ate his whole bowl the first night (But wouldn't touch it the next day for lunch.)
I changed the recipe just a bit. Cut up a carrot and cooked it with the lentils. (Make sure you add the carrot right at the beginning of the cooking, because I didn't and then the carrots were not quite cooked.) I used earth balance instead of butter and unsweetened coconut milk instead of milk. I left out the thyme and added about a 1/2 TBS Worcestershire sauce. Then I sprinkled peas on top of the lentil layer instead of corn.
I really enjoyed this lentil Shepard's pie recipe and I will definitely make it again. Also, I want to try the 'black bean burgers' and the 'simple french lentil soup' recipe listed on this site.