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Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

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I remember my gramma making me Shepherd’s pie as a kid.  It used to be one of my favorite meals. So when my husband asked for Pot Pies, my mind immediately went to Shepherd’s pie.  But my quest was to make it a little healthier than the norm.

So here’s what I did.

Cauliflower Topping

  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh chives
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Salt and Pepper

Pie Filling

  • 1-1.25 ground turkey (go for the organic, natural if possible)
  • 3 carrots, chopped (approximately 2 cups)
  • 1 celery stick, chopped (approximately 1 cup)
  • 2 cups chopped mushroom
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup broth (veggie, chicken or beef)
  • 2 tsp tomato paste (I didn’t have tomato paste and used 1.5 tbs of tomato sauce and it turned out fine)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary

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  1. Place cauliflower in steamer and steam till fork poke soft.
  2.  As I was steaming the cauliflower, I prepared the rest of the dish.
  3. Brown turkey and set aside.
  4. Add a little olive oil (or other similar oil) and garlic to your pan and saute onions until soft.
  5. Add celery and carrots and saute for approximately 2 more minutes.
  6. Add flour and mix well before adding frozen peas, mushrooms, broth, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste/sauce, rosemary, and turkey. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Mix well and simmer for 5-7 minutes, until liquid appears to be mostly absorbed. shepherdspie (2 of 4)
  8. Return to steamed cauliflower. Place cauliflower in food processor with chives, thyme, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. I tried doing it in my blender but it didn’t work so well. If you have a Blend Tec or Vitamix, it might work but mine just wasn’t powerful enough. It still didn’t work in my food processor so I had use my Nutribullet, which worked well.  I had to use a tiny bit of water to get it started.shepherdspie (3 of 4)
  9. Place turkey mixture in the bottom of 9×13 pan and layer with cauliflower mixture.
  10. Sprinkle fresh chopped chives on the top for garnish.
  11. Cook at 400* for approximately 20-30 minutes.

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