Red Lentil Meatless Mock Tourtiere Pie is the perfect alternative to the traditional French Canadian classic. Swapping out meat with lentils is easy and delicious.
This post is sponsored by Canadian #LoveLentils campaign. They have graciously compensated me, however all opinions, recipes and photos are my own.
The December rush is here. Everyone is frantically trying to get their ducks in a row. Christmas is quickly approaching, and will be here before we know it. Are you ready?
Shopping, baking, entertaining. Traffic jams, long line ups, and not enough hours in the day. Does this sound familiar to you? How will we survive the month of December?
With the holiday whirlwind in full swing, “to do lists” are getting longer and longer. Time is ticking and not a moment to spare. Although it is crazy busy, we all look forward to the delicious holiday foods.
Traditional Christmas dinners are always the highlight of the season
Everyone has their favourite foods to serve during the holidays. Family recipes of all kinds make an appearance during this festive time of year. Cranberry sauces, stuffing, baking and treats galore. Christmas would not be the same without tradition.
I come from a Ukrainian background. Although my baba, mom and most of my aunts have now passed on, during my childhood and early adult years we celebrated 2 Christmases each year.
Talk about food. Wow there was so much, especially when we all got together. Christmas Eve (which falls in January) was always the traditional “no meat” dinner that consisted of all the Ukrainian classics.
My husband grew up in Quebec during his early years. Tourtiere is a classic French Canadian meat pie. I had never heard of it until he introduced me to it. If you have never had it, I will tell you it is truly delicious.
Just like other cultures, this meat pie has just as many secret family recipes as Ukrainians have perogies and cabbage rolls. Each a little different, and all so very delicious.
What is your favourite holiday meal?
In our house, we love them all. I always do Christmas Eve, Christmas morning and Christmas dinner (sometimes on Boxing Day). Yup that is a lot of cooking, but Christmas would not be the same without all the wonderful holiday foods.
All the baking, treats, and Rum & Eggnog Lattes are always enjoyed, but our traditional Christmas Morning Sandwiches are the most anticipated meal of the season. In fact one year I was going to make something else, and my kids said Christmas morning is not happening unless they get these for breakfast.
Turning meat into meatless
When Canadian Lentils asked me to take part in their Holiday 2016 #LoveLentils campaign, I immediately knew I was going to recreate this classic French Canadian dish into a meatless version.
Have you ever used lentils in place of meat? It is the perfect alternative. Healthy nutrition is easy and delicious. Each 100 gram serving of red lentils includes 27 grams of protein, 18 grams of fibre, 1 gram of fat and zero cholesterol, along with vitamins and minerals. For more info visit the Canadian Lentil website.
Red Lentil Meatless Mock Tourtiere Pie is a healthy version of the original, with my take on spices and seasonings. Don’t like making pie crust, don’t fret. For this version I used frozen. All busy cooks need a break now and again.
Simple to prepare. Rinse lentils and cook to desired doneness (be sure not to salt them till after they are cooked). Chop and cook an onion. Mix the cooked lentils with the cooked onion, seasoning and spices, put it in the pie shell, add the top crust and bake.
What a great addition to the meatless dinner. A fun and tasty way to combine the traditions of 2 cultures.
Why not start a new tradition in your house with this Red Lentil Meatless Mock Tourtiere Pie. Replacing meat with #LoveLentils is easy, delicious and healthy!!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from our house to yours!! ??
Red Lentil Meatless Mock Tourtiere Pie
- 1 frozen double pie crust (thawed)
- 4 cups cooked red lentils
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped onion (cooked)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp round cloves
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Oil to cook onions
Turn oven to 375º F.
Rinse and cook lentils according to package directions (I used 1 cup dry to 3 cups water) ***salt after cooking***.
Drain in metal sieve, and mash slightly. Set aside.
Cut, cook and mash potato. Set aside.
Cook chopped onion in about 1 tbsp. of oil until translucent. Set aside.
Combine lentils, potato, onions and seasonings in a bowl.
Place mixture into the bottom pie shell.
Cut some slits (or pretty cutouts in the top crust).
Wet the edges of the bottom crust with water, place on top crust and press to seal.
Bake in oven for approximately 50-60 minutes, until crust is golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool slightly before slicing.
Feel free to use your favourite pie crust for this recipe. I used a frozen crust to save a bit of time and work during this busy season.
Tourtiere can be frozen once cooked. It reheats nicely, and makes great leftovers too.