Skinny Shepherds Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

It’s dark by 7pm and almost coat weather in the mornings.  With fall breathing down my neck I felt like sharing our families version of a classic.  Like all things, I experiment with swapping out ingredients in the hopes to make a delicious, nutritious miracle happen.  And this time it really, really works!  Our Skinny Shepherds Pie uses ground turkey, lots of veggies and mashed cauliflower (sometimes mixed with some mashed sweet potato) on top.  As you can see by the picture, it was a hit!

Skinny Shepherds Pie

1 lb lean ground turkey
1 onion, chopped or minced
2 or 3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 cups frozen mixed veggies (organic taste the best)
1 head cauliflower, steamed or pan-steam until soft (and if you like add 1 chopped, steamed sweet potato)
1 cup broth or stock
1/4 cup brown rice flour
a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

Get things started by browning the turkey meat, and then set it aside to drain on a piece of paper towel.  Steam or boil the cauliflower and/or sweet potato, and while you do this, start to saute the onion.  Add the garlic, carrots and celery, and when they are al dente add the turkey and frozen veggies.  When everything has re-heated, pour in 3/4 cup of the stock, and to the remaining 1/4 cup of stock add the brown rice flour.  Stir until it becomes a thick paste, and then stir into the meat mixture.  Stir and let it thicken for a few minutes and then turn the pan off.  By this point the cauliflower should be soft.  Drain really well and then using a hand blender or potato masher, blend until smooth (roughly the same consistency as mashed potatoes).  You can add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to the cauliflower or save it to sprinkle on the top.

Pour the meat and veggie mixture into a baking dish, spread the cauliflower on top, sprinkle with cheese and pop in the oven (350 degrees) until the top starts to brown (about 20 minutes).

As with all of our recipes, this is a guideline.  Experiment with different veggies, by adding things like tomato or red wine for the liquid, or by throwing in some salsa.  Leave us a comment and tell us what worked for you – we love hearing about other people’s creations!