DF, EF, FF, GF, GRF, MF, NUTF, SALF, SOYF, YF
*See Cat's Comments for a corn-free version
Grease a 9x13 pan with coconut oil. To make the base, blend half of the beans with a bit of water in a food processor. Mix in the rest of the beans, add in the spices and taste taste. Spread to cover the bottom of the pan and add the creamed corn on top. To make the topping, blend the squash in the food processor with 1/2-1 cup water to a thin (but not watery) consistency. Pour over corn. Bake covered at 350°F about 45 minutes.
In this healthy and meatless version of Shepherd's Pie, beans and squash sub in for meat and potatoes, respectively. Feel free to use other beans, such as black bean, fava, lentil, adzuki or any combo. You can blend them with some beans remaining whole for texture, as in the recipe, OR blend 1/2 and pulse the other 1/2 to small pieces for texture OR leave ALL the beans Whole OR Puree ALL the beans to a thick consistency. That last option may be viable for those with digestive issues. Make sure you grease the pan well if you're using the pureed option to prevent sticking.
While there's no sauce added to the beans, you could add one to give the dish more taste. Add your fave tomato sauce or tomato paste. It doesn't have to be tomato, it could be a miso sauce or BBQ sauce or whatever you like. Make your sauce is rather thick and add enough sauce to just cover the beans (maybe a little extra, but not too much sauce). Then add in the spices. Again, think versatility: it could be 1-2 TBsp of classic Italian seasoning herbs, but it could be a curry blend, Thai spice mix or whatever catches your fancy.
Did you say cheese? Yes, that works just great too! You could add a layer of non-dairy cheese over the beans INSTEAD OF the corn OR add the cheese on top of the corn. While this is a corn-y recipe, it's nice to have options for those that don't do corn ;)
Do note that most creamed corn that comes in a can often has sugar added, so this recipe doesn't qualify as SUF. FYI: there are recipes out there where you can make your own creamed corn using stevia or another sugar-free option. Yours to experiment...
Final notes: if you want a crispy topping, take off the cover and broil for around 5 minutes (stick around and watch it). And yes, you can do the classic version and use potatoes instead of squash :)
As always, Enjoy :)
CF= Corn Free DF= Dairy Free EF= Egg Free FF= Fat Free GF= Gluten Free GRF= Grain Free MF= Meat Free NUTF= Nut Free SALF= Salt Free SOYF= Soy Free SUF= Sugar Free YF= Yeast Free
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