This low FODMAP Vegan Shepherd's Pie is the perfect comfort food! The vegan cheese really makes this dish, but if you don't mind eating a little dairy then try swapping it out for cheddar cheese. I've purposefully kept this low FODMAP recipe super simple, but feel free to add more herbs and spices to make it even more delicious.
FODMAP Note On Lentils: Canned lentils are low FODMAP in 1/2 cup serves according to Monash University. Just make sure you drain and rinse them well before using.
Garlic infused oil is found in the oil section of your local supermarket. It should be clear with no floating bits of garlic. You can also make garlic infused oil at home by frying garlic cloves in cooking oil, until they are golden and fragrant (then remove the garlic before you continue cooking your meal). This is a low FODMAP way to capture the garlic flavour as the fructans can't leach into the oil.
Make sure you buy a leek that has long green tips (this is the low FODMAP part), as you can’t use the white/light green leek bulb (this part is high FODMAP).
Check the vegan cheese does not include cashews, onion, garlic or coconut flour in the ingredients. Monash University recommends soy based vegan cheese if you can find it. Normal cow's milk-based cheddar, Colby, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses are all low FODMAP.
Canned lentils are lower in FODMAPs as the oligosaccharides leach into the brine. Just make sure you drain and rinse them well before using.
Choose plain canned tomatoes with no added herbs or spices. Check there is no added onion or garlic.
Choose a stock that does not include onion or garlic. We prefer to use Massel Chicken Stock Powder or liquid stock. This product is low FODMAP, gluten free and vegan (despite it's name) and the packet will have the blue Monash Low FODMAP logo on it. This product can be brought online around the world and is available from some supermarkets.
Herbs and spices are naturally gluten free, however they can become contaminated during manufacturing processes. If you are highly sensitive to gluten, check the dried herbs and spices do not contain a warning for trace gluten. If you are just on the low FODMAP diet you do not need to worry about this.
If you are highly sensitive to gluten, check all packaged products, processed meat (like bacon), nuts, seeds and dried fruit do not contain a warning for trace gluten. If you are just on the low FODMAP diet you do not need to worry about this.
Use a dairy free spread or olive oil spread instead of butter. Butter is considered low FODMAP.
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