I’m not much of a casserole girl, but I’ve been wanting to make a clean, Paleo and Whole 30 approved Shepherd’s Pie for some time now. I put my own little twist on it by not only doing a cauliflower topping, but adding one small sweet potato to the whipped part on top to add a slightly sweet richness that cauliflower alone just doesn’t have. This is a family-friendly meal…meaning the kids ate it up fast and asked for more. I put 6 different veggies in mine too! And guess what…I did it all using shortcut ingredients like pre-chopped veggies, peeled whole garlic cloves, bagged organic cauliflower rice, and organic canned tomato sauce (all from Trader Joe’s). If you don’t have a TJ near you, fear not, you can quite easily do the chopping yourself. To make the cauliflower rice, simply chop one small head of cauliflower (stems removed) and steam until soft. Blot dry, then “rice” in your food processor.
Hard to believe this was only a 12-minute "hands on meal." If you have to chop your ingredients, it'll take slightly longer.
- Prep Time : 10 minutes
- Cook Time : 30 minutes
- Yield : 4-5
- 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- 1 container Mirepoix from Trader Joe's - (or 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks and 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped)
- 1.25 pounds ground turkey, chicken or lean beef
- 1 cup tomato sauce - (I use organic canned from TJ)
- 2 tablespoons organic ketchup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1-2 teaspoons coconut flour (optional)
- 1 cooked sweet potato, peel removed
- 1 bag Trader Joe's organic riced cauliflower
- 1 tablespoon ghee or butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large pan, add coconut oil, garlic and shallot and heat over medium. Stir for 2 minutes. Add mirepoix mixture (carrots, celery, onion) and saute for 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
- Push all the veggies to one side of the pan and add the meat. Once lightly browned (about 3 minutes), stir entire contents of pan together to combine.
- Add in tomato sauce, ketchup, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and stir well. If there's any liquid in the pan, stir in coconut flour. (I didn't have any liquid the first time I made it, and the second time I had a little. Adding the flour didn't change the flavor at all, but does ensure the final product isn't "wet"). Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a food processor, add the cauliflower, sweet potato and ghee. Process for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until smooth and creamy.
- Coat a 9-by-9-inch glass dish with cooking spray. Pour meat mixture inside and press down.
- Spoon potato mixture on top and flatten. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes. Cut into squares, and serve.