Comfort that doesn’t sacrifice flavor! This nutritious, healthy, satisfying dinner will become a family favorite – with cauliflower mash in place of potatoes and lentils, you’ll love it!
- 1 cup dried lentils, cooked
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 cup celery, diced (~2–3 stalks)
- 1 cup carrots, diced (~2–3 medium-large carrots)
- 3–4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 3 Tablespoons red wine or vegetable stock
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire (vegetarian version!)
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup frozen pearl onions
- 1 small head cauliflower (4–5 cups), chopped
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
- Prepare lentils according to package directions (generally 1 cup dried lentils to 3 cups liquid – I like to use vegetable stock and add a little extra salt!). Set aside once cooked and drained.
- In a large stock pot, add cauliflower and water to top. Bring to a boil and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.
- In a cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe skillet), melt butter over medium heat. Add celery and carrots, cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cooke for 2-3 minutes. Add in wine/stock to deglaze pan. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire, parsley, oregano, thyme, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in frozen peas, corn, and pearl onions. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add drained lentils, stir to combine.
- Add yogurt, milk, and butter to cauliflower. Using an immersion blender (or blender, or food processor to blend together until no lumps remain. Stir in parmesan. Add salt to taste.
- Spread cauliflower mash on top of vegetable mix in the oven-safe skillet. Use the back of a spoon to add any desired designs. Bake for 30-35 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes if you want the top darker.
If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, use another oven-safe pan, or transfer to a casserole dish.
You may need to add a little extra liquid to your cauliflower mash, depending on the size of the cauliflower you use. You want it to be moist, as it will dry out a bit during the baking process.
- Category: Dinner