Marfigs' Munchies

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Shepherd’s pie quesadilla {vegan + gluten-free}


Phew! When is it holiday?? These days every moment, even those in which I am supposedly bored, are basically booked or planned for. I’m not exhausted per se, just rather grumpy. Anyway, all that being said I did some meal prep on Sunday which helped with stress relief and I felt much better, not to mention the house was nicely stocked again for a week’s worth of munching. This is more of an idea that a straight-up recipe, because the ingredients are plain and simple but the result tasty and filling!Vegan & GF Shepherd's Pie Quesadillas via Marfigs' MunchiesAnd once again remember to download the free Chocolate Cleanse Riot ebook! (I promise it’s a celebration of chocolate and not at all a traditional “cleanse” :p)The Chocolate Cleanse Riot - Marfigs' Munchies

Man-thing has been meowing lately about how he despises cooking or preparing food in general. I of course love it and find it calming, but still don’t want to encourage the sort of behaviour where he pretends to sprain a wrist picking up a pan or something to get out of feeding himself. Still, we’re testing a situation where he’s in charge of all dishes and I make food and stuff to keep in the fridge for snacks. Which, technically, I’ve always done, but whatever, I get clean crockery out of it!shepardspiequesadilla1We’re also on a super tight budget (and don’t even know how we’re going to afford anything on our trip to Morocco later this month!) so more than ever I’m trying to really stick to super basic ingredients that don’t slice into our savings too much, especially since we have cats that love to get injured and go to hospital :p Gatsby is so freaking adorable in his cone of shame though that he’s very much forgiven for draining 1/5 of my salary for a few injections, but in the meantime we gots to eat, nay?Vegan + GF Shepherd's Pie Quesadilla - Marfigs' MunchiesAs I said, this is so easy that it’s not really a recipe, but you can use it as you please – in a quesadilla, wrapped in lettuce, in a sandwich, or even between lasagna, with obviously a splash of liquid from say a can of tomatoes.

Ingredients (serves 2 – 4)

Sweet potato spread:

  • 2 cups peeled, sliced and steamed sweet potato
  • 2 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves baked garlic (optional)
  • 1 TBSP curry powder
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • Optional: vegan melty cheeze


  • 1 batch smoky lentil hummus (minus the strawberries, add some coriander to taste)
  • 2 cups steamed mixed veg
  • 2 large tortilla wraps (gluten-free if desired, I used spinach)
  • OR toasted bread


  1. Blend your sweet potato spread ingredients until smooth, adding more or less spices to taste.
  2. Preheat the pan to medium heat with non-stick spray or a touch of coconut oil.
  3. Toast your tortilla wraps lightly on each side to just heat them up.
  4. Remove from pan onto plate whilst you assemble and heat up the next tortilla.
  5. Spread the sweet potato blend on one half of the wrap, leaving a cm or so along the edges so it doesn’t spill out.
  6. Scoop half your veggies onto the sweet potato spread and then smear some lentil hummus on the other half of the wrap.
  7. Fold in half and press down so the ends are covered, then place back onto your plan and fry for a few minutes a side until browned and slightly crispy.
  8. Slice and serve warm with tomato sauce, tofu mayonnaise or a tahini drizzle.

Vegan + GF Shepherd's Pie Quesadilla - Marfigs' MunchiesOh mannn. I made these for Man-thing and ended up eating quite a bit more than anticipated when taking photos. The roasted garlic in the spread is just divine (but that’s perhaps my own taste) and the smoky lentil hummus gives the meal substance. We bought the wraps from my favourite falafel lady at the Saturday food market, and keep them in the freezer for emergencies. Sunday blues usually count as emergencies so this meal was met with a lot of appreciation. Also, I was over the moon to FINALLY find sweet potatoes that look like those overseas – we usually only get the white flesh variety but these were ORANGE! ❤ ❤Vegan + GF Shepherd's Pie Quesadilla - Marfigs' MunchiesFor full disclosure, I made something to go with this (to fatten Man-thing up) that made him babble like a crazed teen girl. I used the same fillings but spread coconut oil on both sides of two slices of rye bread and splashed some garlic salt mixture on it. I fried the bread, just like the quesadilla, and I think the fake French toast vibes with the savoury flavours of the fillings really made an awesome mixture. Point being, you can do anything you like!Vegan + GF Shepherd's Pie Quesadilla - Marfigs' MunchiesAnd so it’s back to work! At some point we’re actually going to have to start planning for our Morocco trip, because all that we can think of is food and sleep. And of course playing with my freaking adorable siblings! ❤ If any of you have been to Rabat or surrounds please give suggestions on cool (but cheap!) things to do that don’t involve riding camels.

Happy almost-Friday!

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

4 thoughts on “Shepherd’s pie quesadilla {vegan + gluten-free}

  1. Oh my gosh! YUM! I used to have Shepards pie when I was little. So nostalgic and fun! Such a great recipe. Also, I love that, “a celebration of chocolate”!! ALL about that! Hope that you have a great weekend.
    xoxo Cailee @ 🙂


    • Thank you Cailee! This is totally the lazy version of childhood eats 😀 I bounced over to your blog and it looks so cheery and wonderful 🙂 Have a great day!


  2. I foresee a problem arising for me with this one: I won’t be able to stop just eating the sweet potato spread straight! Just cheesy seasoned sweet potato, um hello that sounds like a meal all itself. But then again I should eat more veg than that so I will try to contain myself and actually make it all the way to quesadilla stage…it will be hard though! The toasty browned outside is helping to sway me over, yummy! I very much like this idea ❤ And poor Gatsby, how much longer in the cone? Morocco sounds really exciting though! All the budgeting will be worth it I hope for some travel time 🙂 And I'm cracking up at the camel part hahahaha 😀


    • 😀 I must admit the sweet potato spread is rather dangerous to have around – especially with nut and fruit studded crackers or something. I hope you make it to the quesadilla finish line, especially with some chutney or tahini drizzle, but I won’t judge your creativity if you decide on something else! 😉


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