Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"This is every cook's opinion - no savory dish without an onion, but lest your kissing should be spoiled your onions must be fully boiled." -Jonathan Swift

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This recipe has multiple steps and uses a few pots and pans, so it's not really designed for a weeknight meal. You can, however, cook all of the layers in advance and assemble the individual dishes, then keep them in the refrigerator until ready to bake.



Gardener's Pie (Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie)

Servings: 2 | Serving size:about 2 1/2 cups

Cooking Time: 90 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied but you'll need multiple pans. Leftovers are good. You may assemble the dish and then refrigerate until you're ready to bake, or refrigerate the baked dish after it has cooled.

Gardener's Pie (Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie) recipe from Dr. Gourmet


  • 8 cups water (divided)
  • 12 ounces sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1 ounce dried Portobello mushrooms (or 2 large fresh Portobello mushroom caps, sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil (or 2 tsps, divided, if using fresh mushrooms)
  • 1 medium white onion (diced)
  • 2 medium ribs celery (diced)
  • 2 medium carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 2 ounces reduced fat cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • spray olive oil

Place six cups of water in a medium saucepan over high heat.

Add the sweet potatoes, and when the water boils, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, place two cups of the water in a small saucepan over high heat.

When the water boils, add the dried mushrooms and remove from the heat. Let stand for about 10 minutes and strain the mushrooms out of the broth into a small bowl. Set the mushrooms aside.

(If you are using fresh mushrooms: Place 1 tsp. olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Saute the mushroom slices gently for about ten minutes. Add the 2 cups of water to the saucepan, bring to a boil, then remove from heat and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Strain the mushrooms out of the broth, set the mushrooms aside, and continue as below. )

Return the broth to the sauce pan and add the marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and salt.

Place the broth over low heat and reduce until there is one cup broth. Set aside.

While the broth is reducing, place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the onions and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the celery and carrots and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir frequently.

Remove the mixture to a small bowl to cool.

When the potatoes are tender, drain them and place the potatoes in a small bowl with the butter.

Mash the potatoes with a whisk until the potatoes are smooth.

Add the buttermilk and whisk until smooth.

When the onion and carrot mixture is cool, add the grated cheddar cheese and toss to blend well.

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Coarsely chop the mushrooms.

Place the cornstarch in a small bowl and add 4 tablespoons of cold water. Stir well.

Place the mushroom broth over medium high heat. When hot - but not boiling - whisk in the cornstarch mixture and remove from the heat. Whisk constantly until the sauce thickens.

Add the mushrooms to the thickened sauce, stir, and divide between two ovenproof bowls.

Top with the onion and cheddar mixture.

Top with the mashed sweet potatoes, spray lightly with olive oil, and place in the oven.

Bake for 20 minutes.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 2 1/2 cups

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 502 Calories from Fat 88
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9g 14%
    Saturated Fat 3g 18%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 499mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 94g 34%
    Dietary Fiber 16g 55%
    Sugars 16g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 467% Vitamin C 79%
Calcium 27% Iron 10%
Vitamin K 38 mcg Potassium 2408 mg
Magnesium 97 mg