Shepherd’s Pie Hot Dish

Shepherd’s Pie Hot Dish

One-skillet meals are the ultimate solution for getting delicious food on the table in no time, plus they make for easy clean up. This Shepherd’s Pie Hot Dish is a spin on the classic dish, made easier with pantry staples like canned tomatoes, and frozen tater tots. In less than an hour, you can prepare a hearty and nutritious meal your whole family will love.

With lean protein from ground beef, nourishing carbohydrates from potatoes, and colorful veggies like tomatoes and green beans, this one dish makes for a perfectly balanced meal. Canned diced tomatoes provide important nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene, improving your immune health, blood pressure, and protecting you against certain cancers, such as prostate cancer. Some studies suggest that men who consume more tomato products can reduce the risk of prostate cancer, and since lycopene can be found in tomato products, there are anti-carcinogenic compounds. With early detection and higher intake of fruits and vegetables, prostate cancer can be reduced. Thus, it’s important to ensure that you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, so enjoy this delicious meal and feel good about what you are putting into your body!

Get the full recipe for Shepherd’s Pie Hot Dish by visiting our friends at Del Monte.

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Meatball Parmesan Hot Dish

Meatball Parmesan Hot Dish

Looking for an affordable, no-fuss recipe that your whole family will love? Give this Meatball Parmesan Hot Dish a try. It requires only one dish and makes use of canned veggies and frozen meatballs for an inexpensive, pantry-friendly dinner. Jarred tomato sauce and diced tomatoes add a bright, tangy flavor, and pack in the nutrients. Lycopene, the plant compound that gives tomatoes their signature red color, is a powerful antioxidant shown to help prevent certain cancers, including prostate cancer. Get your daily dose of lycopene, along with vitamin C, potassium, iron, and fiber with this delicious Italian-inspired meal.

Frozen meatballs, jarred tomato sauced, canned carrots, green beans, and tomatoes combine with gooey mozzarella cheese and crispy tater tots to make this simple yet delicious recipe that is sure to become a favorite. It requires just 30 minutes in the oven, and virtually no prep time thanks to the use of frozen and canned foods. Did you know canned tomatoes actually have more lycopene than fresh? The cooking process enhances the compound and makes it more bioavailable, so you can feel good about using canned tomato products for your health. Your wallet and your body will thank you for making this affordable, nutritious meal, and your taste buds are sure to be excited by the classic Italian flavors. Weeknights can be busy, and it may feel impossible to get a healthy meal on the table, but this dish makes it easy. For the full recipe, visit our friends at Del Monte.

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Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti

Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti

Tomato products provide just the right amount of pizzazz to pasta recipes, such as this hearty, plant-based Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti dish. The deep red color of tomatoes is a calling card for lycopene—the plant compound linked with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. In fact, lycopene is more available to the body in its cooked form, as in cooked tomato products, like pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, and tomato paste. Including these healthy plant foods in your diet more often is linked with prostate cancer protection.

Eating more pulses—beans, lentils, dried peas—is a healthy, cancer-fighting strategy too. In this super easy, one-dish meal, you swap out a traditional meat-based sauce for a tomato-forward, lentil and walnut Bolognese sauce, smothered over spaghetti noodles. Savory and delicious, your whole family will love it. Plus, it’s easy on the pocketbook and makes great leftovers the next day!

Check out the video for this delicious, plant-based recipe here.

Yield: 6 servings

Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti

Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti

Tomato products provide just the right amount of pizzazz to pasta recipes, such as this hearty, plant-based Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup brown lentils, dried
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely shredded
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, reduced sodium
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning blend
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 12 ounces spaghetti noodles, uncooked
  • Garnish: 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Place a Dutch oven or large saucepan on medium heat and add lentils and water to the pot. Cover with a lid, bring to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove lid and continue to cook lentils for about 2 minutes until almost tender and liquid is absorbed.
  3. Add olive oil, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, finely chopped celery, finely shredded carrot, and finely chopped walnuts, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add canned tomatoes, tomato paste, soy sauce, red wine, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and salt (optional). Stir well and cover. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and vegetables are tender.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil to cook pasta. Add dry spaghetti noodles, and cook until al dente, according to package instructions (about 7 minutes). Drain noodles in colander.
  6. To serve: Divide spaghetti noodles among 6 serving plates or pasta bowls (about 1 ¼ cups each). Top with 1 cup of Bolognese sauce. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped basil. Alternatively, place spaghetti noodles in one large serving bowl, Bolognese sauce in another large serving bowl, and chopped basil in a small dish, allowing guests to serve themselves as desired.


Recipe, video and photography created for AICR by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian.