Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shepard's Pie {Paleo}

Ok slight change in plans after the grocery store adventure. Wanted nothing to do with going to a second grocery store for fish, so Sunday shifted to Shepard's Pie. And thank goodness it did. You would NEVER guess that this dish was paleo/good for you/not packed with processed junk. Get ready for your mouth to literally start watering as you read the recipe. 

And for dessert? I finished it off with coconut chocolate chia seed pudding. Stop it. Nope, I can't. It's kinda scary how delicious paleo food can be... You know you're jealous. 

Shepard's Pie {Paleo}

Recipe originated from: 


1 lb grass fed ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, divided
1 Tbsp chopped fresh sage, divided
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme, divided
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp organic vegetable stock {like Nature's Promise}
1 Tbsp potato starch {I couldn't find it, so I actually used regular flour- this makes the dish not paleo}
1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
1 egg
Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Add onion, garlic, carrots and mushrooms and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add a 1/2 cup of chicken stock, potato starch and corn and bring mixture to a light boil, mixing often.
  4. Turn off heat and add half of your fresh herbs (you'll use the other half in the cauliflower mash) along with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a rolling boil. Cook cauliflower for about 7 to 10 minutes, until soft. Drain.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, 2 tablespoons of chicken stock (or more if needed) and the cooked cauliflower. Using a potato masher or whisk, mash cauliflower until smooth and add reserved herbs and a good pinch of salt. {you can also use a food processor or blender here - that's what I did}
  7. Evenly divide the meat mixture into ramekins until almost full. Using a spatula, spread cauliflower mixture over top until meat is completely covered.
  8. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10 minutes then switch your oven to broil and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  9. Allow a few minutes to cool and enjoy!


  • Had I not burnt the tops of my little pretties, there would have been pics of these babies. I had my broiler on "normal" {I have low, normal, high} and left in for 8 minutes and it was entirely too long, obviously. Next time I will go to low and probably watch after 5 minutes.
  • I will 100% be making Cauliflower Mash again in place of mashed potatoes. The cauliflower mixed with vegetable stock and an egg, baked in the oven, literally almost tastes like potatoes. I am looking forward to experimenting with that!
  • I intend to go to Whole Foods this week to hopefully procure potato starch. Again with the "we didn't want to go to multiple stores" today, I didn't bother. I figured it was only 1 Tbl of flour, so it's not the end of the world.. but using that changed the paleo nature of this recipe. Boo. 

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