As comfort food calls, Lilly Singh thinks it’s time to break away from old school recipes.
For Lilly Singh, some of her favorite comfort food recipes are ready for a makeover. As a vegetarian, she’s always on the lookout for delicious and easy ingredient swaps for these classic recipes. Luckily, Lightlife is the tasty swap of plant-based food ingredients that brings all the flavor and no guilt. From the novice cook to the more advanced chef, the simplest ideas can be the perfect cooking solution.
A lot of people know Lilly Singh from her late night show which spun off from her hugely popular YouTube channel. The artist had no qualms about setting the record straight and giving people a glimpse of his world. From its quick wit to its insightful commentary, laughter often highlights real issues.
During a conversation with Singh, as part of her partnership with Lightlife, she revealed that she found it difficult to cook vegetarian meals. As a 12 year old vegetarian, she felt her options were limited, required a lot of preparation, and sometimes didn’t taste the best. When this lab-generated food contains unpronounceable words, that food may not be bursting with flavor.
Like many people over the past year, Singh has come to appreciate cooking and good food. For Singh, she loves some comfort food recipes, but she wants to feel good after eating them. Specifically, it’s important that when she looks at the ingredients in Lightlife, she understands them. It is not a long list of poly-syllabic words and other statements. Better ingredients make you feel better, she says.
Although she was concerned that the Indian community would disapprove of the statement, she admitted that she was not the best at slicing and combining the ingredients in a recipe. Singh found Lightlife products to be good on their own. They don’t have it hidden under other layers of flavor. Even for her level one cooking, the Lightlife puts her on the path to cooking success.
What’s even more important to Singh is that she wants comfort in the kitchen. Gone are the days when she could spend hours creating a dish and just hope the end result was tasty. Now she has an ingredient that takes the guesswork out of the situation.
Since Singh is a designer, cooking can be another outlet for her. Sure, his videos bring in some relevant humor, but his creativity doesn’t stop at just one box. When given the right ingredients, anything can be an expression of creativity.
While the pressures outside can be overwhelming, many people, including Singh, turn to comfort food. The downside to comfort food is that it can sometimes be a less healthy food option. Yet those memories of food make that single bite feel like a warm hug.
For Singh, the simple swap of using Lightlife in these classic comfort food recipes pushes feelings of guilt off the plate and brings those tasty moments to the fore. It can be as simple as using a vegetable chicken in a curry dish.
While many home cooks are looking to incorporate more plant-based food options into their weekly menus, Singh had a few recipe recommendations. For the novice cook, she suggested using just Lightlife marc in a simple pasta dish. With a little gravy, herbs and a little crusty bread, this meal can go from the stove to the table quickly.
For home cooks looking to whip up a high comfort dish, this herbal version of a shepherd’s pie is a must-have. In cooler weather, a shepherd’s pie is quite satisfactory. From creamy mashed potatoes to all veggies, it’s the ultimate comforting winter meal.
Here’s how to make Lilly Singh’s favorite herbal shepherd’s pie.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Â¾ cup yellow onion, chopped
- 1 Â¼ cup carrots, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 12 oz packet Lightlife Herbal Soil
- Â½ teaspoon of salt
- Â½ teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons of gluten-free flour (cup for cup)
- 1.5 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1.5 cups of vegetable broth
- 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 8 tablespoons of vegetable butter
- 1 Â½ cup coconut cream
- 1/3 cup vegetable broth
- Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
- Optional pie fillings:
- Vegan grated cheese
- Gluten-free Italian breadcrumbs
The meat filling:
1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add the Garlic and Lightlife Herbal Soil to the pan. Break up the soil with a spoon, continue cooking for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Add salt, pepper, thyme and Worcestershire. Cook for 1 minute.
4. Add flour and tomato paste and stir until completely incorporated.
5. Add frozen peas and vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand while you prepare your potatoes. Preheat the oven to 400.
The potato filling:
7. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water and a pinch of salt.
8. Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cook the potatoes until tender with a fork. 10-15 minutes.
9. Add the coconut cream, vegetable butter, vegetable broth, salt, pepper and garlic powder to the potatoes and mash with a fork or mix with a hand blender.
10. Pour the meat filling into a 7 Ã 11 baking dish and spread out in an even layer. Then pour the mashed potatoes over the filling and carefully lay it out in an even layer.
11. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Then put the grill on low and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until golden brown.
12. If adding plant-based breadcrumbs and cheese, add them before turning on the grill and remove from the oven when the cheese is melted and the breadcrumbs are toasted.
The biggest takeaway from talking with Lilly Singh is that any cook can make a recipe taste better when the right ingredients are used. And laughter in the kitchen will always make any dining experience more enjoyable.
Lilly Singh is the host of Late Night with Lilly Singh on NBC. She has a YouTube channel and has other plans planned for 2021.
What’s your secret ingredient swap that improves the taste of a comfort food recipe?