Growing up on the east coast of the United States, St. Patrick’s Day was always one of my favorite holidays.
As a kid, I looked forward to dressing up in green, talking in a fake Irish accent, and eating lots of green food and candy at the parties.
In school, our teachers would fill big bowls with green M&M’s and ask us to guess how many were in the bowl. I never guessed right, but I still loved eating them afterward!
Now, as an adult, I no longer eat entire bowls of M&M’s, but I still love St. Patrick’s Day.
Every March I look forward to whipping out my green sweaters, cheesy four leaf clover shaped hats and hitting the streets to party it up and celebrate with my friends.
And of course, eating all the delicious Irish meals.But as I get older, and get more interested in health and wellness, I’ve discovered the blessing of a vegan diet.
Unfortunately for me, not many traditional St. Patty’s day foods fall into the vegan category.
Sure, you can eat the french fries, or separate out the roasted vegetables. But that isn’t a very delicious or celebratory way to enjoy St. Patricks Day.
What I was missing was a dish that was quintessentially Irish, while still being vegan. It seemed like a tall order, though I was determined to make it work.
My journey to discover the perfect vegan St. Patrick’s Day was a long and delicious one.
I spent plenty of time making a mess in the kitchen, throwing together different ingredients and weird substitutions.
I consumed hours trying out different flavor combinations and meat replacements in the search for that perfect St. Patricks Day vegan dish.
Believe me, it took some time to find the right combination, but eventually, I did it. I found the absolute best dish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your vegan loves: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie.
This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie will hit all the marks for your holiday celebration. It’s hearty, delicious, and has that authentic Irish aroma.
It is bursting with traditional flavors from earthy herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and vegetables like carrots and mushrooms.
And obviously, no Irish meal is complete without the potatoes.
But this Shepherd’s pie takes it one step further and mixes more traditional russet potatoes with the decadently sweet potatoes.
Blending the two potatoes together was my genius decision to get more nutrition while keeping the indulgent quality of the potato topping.
The creaminess of the potatoes combines with the earthiness of the herbs and vegetables to turn into an Irish party of flavor in your mouth.
Throw your imagination to dingy pubs filled with rough Irishmen indulging in a hearty, filling piece of Shepherd’s Pie.
Get that same authentic Irish taste with this delicious, 100% vegan Shepherd’s Pie recipe. On top of that, unlike a traditional Shepherd’s pie that is full of unhealthy animal products.
This version of the dish is chocked full of nutrients and vitamins to give you a healthy glow even as you indulge.
Plenty of fiber from the sweet potatoes will keep your digestion healthy and flow well; the carrots provide beta-carotene for your sight and antioxidant needs and plenty of herbs to help reduce inflammation.
If you’re ready to create the healthiest, tastiest, most jaw-dropping vegan St. Patrick’s Day meal of all time, warm up your oven and get those ingredients ready.
Here is my recipe for a vegan Shepherd’s Pie.
I guarantee this recipe will delight everyone at your next St. Patty’s Day party, vegans and meat eaters alike. Just whip it up beforehand and store in the refrigerator.
It keeps surprisingly well for a few days, afterward, so you can munch on delicious vegan shepherd’s pie for lunch or dinner for several days.
This coming St. Patrick’s Day, bake a delicious vegan pie, and all your guests will be asking for the recipe!