Quick & Easy Pies

 Easy meal to replace meat

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This is a great recipe to make ahead of time, freeze and use as needed. It is one that you can have a lot of fun experimenting with. These quick & easy pies suit those who have a vegetarian in the family


quick & easy pies2 sheets flakey pastry
1 onion - chopped
1 can kidney beans
2 tsp tomato paste
1 Tblsp oil

There are many things you can add

chopped bell pepper
chopped broccoli
chopped carrots


  • Heat the oil in a heavy based pan. Add garlic and onion and saute.
  • Add the kidney beans and tomato paste and any other ingredients you wish. Stir and heat through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Use a masher to get the ingredients mixed together - you don't want it too fine or into a pulp so a masher or fork is better than a food processor.
  • Divide into four portions and place onto pastry in four separate parts.
  • Place the 2nd pastry on top and press around each mound.
  • Cut the pastry parcels to give you four individual pies.
  • Brush the top with a little milk or beaten egg.

If you have made your own pastry, you can at this stage freeze the pies. It's best not to refreeze pastry that has been frozen.Making Pastry

  • Heat the oven to 200°C or 400°F
  • Place the pies on a tray lined with cooking paper.
  • Cook for 15 minutes then turn oven down to 180°C or 350°F
  • Cook a further 15 minutes or until golden.
  • Serve.

NOTE: If you are wanting to freeze these then cook for 15 minutes at 180°C or 350°F only. Remove from oven and allow to cool before freezing them.

To cook, take the frozen pie and use a sandwich or pie maker - they will take about 15 to 20 minutes, but check them every so often as pie and sandwich makers differ.

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