This recipe for Shepard’s Pie strays from the traditional, but it’s a complete upgrade and now fits within a Paleo lifestyle. By adding more vegetables, this version is now packed with nutrition, yet still retains it’s traditional feel. It’s a very satisfying Paleo dish.
To take nutrition a step further, substitute Mashed Cauliflower on top instead of the mashed potatoes.
- 5 small gold potatoes
- 6 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 lb ground meat (your choice)
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 small carrots, 1 inch slices
- 2 heads broccoli, roughly chopped
- 2 yellow squash, roughly chopped
- 8 oz baby portabella mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp salt & pepper
- 1 cup sugar-free broth of choice
- 1.5 tbsp arrowroot starch
- 2 eggs
- Cut the potatoes and place them in a large pot.
- Add 2 garlic cloves and enough water to cover the top of the potatoes.
- Boil over high heat for 20 minutes or until soft.
- Drain the potatoes, keeping about 1/4 cup of the water in the pot, and add the ghee.
- Using an immersion blender, blend the potatoes into a mash.
- Set aside for later.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Heat the avocado oil in a large, flat bottom pan over medium heat.
- Add the ground meat and cook until done.
- Remove the cooked meat and set aside for later.
- In the same pan with the accumulated juices, add the onion, carrots, broccoli, squash, mushrooms, 4 crushed garlic cloves, tomato paste, coconut aminos, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the broth and arrowroot starch and add the mixture to the pan.
- Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Once vegetables are tender, combine the cooked ground meat.
- Split the pie mixture between two pie dishes and top with mashed potatoes.
- Finally, whisk and pour the eggs over the mashed potatoes.
- Bake the pies in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Turn the broiler on hi and broil the pies for an additional 5 minutes.
The pie portion of this Shepard’s Pie can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator in freezer for later. When ready, simply make the mashed potatoes or the Mashed Cauliflower topping and bake the pies in the oven only to warm the pie and brown the top.
Check out some other casserole options like this Butternut Squash Casserole.