Healthy (low-carb) Shepherd's Pie

Mmmm, with the cool weather finally rolling in - nothing says fall like some delicious, homecooked comfort food!

Unfortunately, comfort food usually means calories - and the extra carbs, fat, and bloat that comes with them. Sigh.

But not this recipe! All real ingredients and still super simple to whip up - this is absolutely going into our regular rotation!

To be honest, I've been trying different ways to make Shepherd's Pie healthy for a while, but it was always the gravy that got me stuck - the packaged gravy powder I've used in the past is full of junk, chemicals, and too much salt. I wanted something simple, flavorful, but with real ingredients. 

And let's face it - Who wants to make mashed potatoes from scratch on a weeknight? - too much work! Not me.

Instead - this simple cauliflower mash takes just a couple steps to throw together - buh-bye carbs, hello veggies and tastes soooooo good! My boys gobbled it up and had no clue they weren't eating potatoes. 

I did finally tell them a few hours later and they are still mad at me, hahaha! They like certain veggies, but cauliflower isn't one of them!

Healthy Shepherd's Pie

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 large head cauliflower, chopped
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon FlavorGod Garlic and Herb Salt
1/2- 1cup cup chicken or beef broth
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4-1/2 cup whole milk
salt and pepper to taste
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

1. Brown ground beef in medium, oven-proof skillet (preferably cast iron)
2. Season beef with FlavorGod Garlic and Herb Salt and stir well (you could substitute with some garlic salt and Italian seasoning - but this combo is amazing!!!!.
3. While beef is browning, steam cauliflower in microwave for 8-11 minutes until cooked through and tender to fork.
4. Place half of cooked cauliflower in a blender or food processor, add cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and blend well. Add additional cauliflower one piece at a time and add in 1/4 cup whole milk as you blend. Blend until smooth and add additional milk if needed until mashed potato consistency is achieved. Season with salt to taste.
5. Add tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce to cooked ground beef and stir well.
6. Add broth and stir again, then sprinkle in corn starch and simmer until gravy thickens, add more broth depending on gravy consistency desired.
7. Add in frozen veggies and stir well.
8. Top with cauliflower mash and spread evenly. Sprinkle with small amount shredded cheddar and place skillet in oven.
9. Bake 30-35 minutes until top of cauliflower is browned and gravy is bubbling.
10. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

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