Recipes: Cauliflower Shepard’s Pie

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Is there a better comfort food than Shepard’s Pie? Fluffy mashed potatoes, ground beef, carrots, corn and peas. Top with a tiny bit of cheese and you have yourself a meal! Correction: You have yourself one heavy, calorie-ridden meal. Enter my dinnertime savior – cauliflower. 

If you have yet to use cauliflower as a substitute in your cooking, don’t wait any longer. This meal was better than any Shepard’s Pie I’ve ever tasted. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef and broiled the cheese to make it crunchy on top. It’s not just the perfect St. Patrick’s Day meal; by using cauliflower and ground turkey, it makes the meal much lighter and takes it from a traditional wintertime dish to anytime! Packed with lean protein and veggies, a win-win!

Ingredients – Meat Filling:
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2 tsp garlic
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
1lb ground turkey
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 tsp tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dried parsley

Ingredients – Cauliflower Topping
1 head of cauliflower, chopped
salt and pepper
1/2 c greek yogurt
1/4 c cheddar cheese
1 tsp no salt seasoning
dash of chives

Method
~Preheat oven to 400 degrees
~Chop cauliflower and steam until cooked – set aside
~While cauliflower cooks, saute onion, carrots and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat
~Add in the ground turkey, salt and pepper – cook until browned
~Add in the tomato paste, chicken broth, parsley and worcestershire sauce
~Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for ten minutes
~Add in corn and peas and cook another five minutes
~Place turkey mixture into baking dish
~Place cooked cauliflower in food processor and add in salt and pepper, yogurt, dash of cheese, no salt seasoning and chives – combine
~Top ground turkey mixture with cauliflower mixture
~Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese – bake 25 minutes and broil at the end until cheese is brown and crispy

If Shepard’s Pie isn’t your thing, give my cauliflower garlic bread sticks a try and ease into replacing your potatoes and crusts with this versatile and delicious veggie!

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