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Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

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A real family pleaser!

Shepherd’s Pie is an ‘oldie’ and can be a ‘goodie’ when we make some swaps for the traditional ingredients. This recipe is one is wonderfully nutritious with a delicious cauliflower top!


Meat layer:
500g grass-fed beef/lamb mince
3 medium carrots, chopped
1 onion or leek (white only), finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
1 bunch of spinach (or bok choy or kale leaves)
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup homemade beef stock
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 Tablespoon tamari wheat-free soy sauce
1 cup peas (thawed; omit if you are not a pea fan)
Himalayan salt and pepper to taste (important!)

Cauli Mash Top:
1 Large head cauliflower, cut into florets including small stems
1 Medium leek (white part only), sliced
1/3 cup homemade beef stock (or use 1 teaspoon of Bone Stock Powder + 1/3 cup water)
4 Shallots, peeled
1 Clove garlic, peeled and chopped
Himalayan salt and pepper to taste (important!)



Preheat oven to 180 degrees.


Heat coconut oil (or ghee) in a large pan. Add chopped carrots and onions. Cook for about 10 minutes until onions are soft, then add meat to the pan and brown.

Add the chopped greens and minced garlic. Cook for 2 minutes until they begin to wilt and the garlic browns.

Add the thyme, rosemary, paprika, tamari, 2 tablespoons tomato paste, and broth. Mix well.

Allow the mixture to cook down and the sauce to thicken (about 10 minutes).

Season with salt, pepper to your taste. Add the peas and cook for 1 more minute.

Spread meat mixture in a medium sized casserole dish.

Cauli Mash Top:

While preparing meat, very lightly steam cauliflower florets, leek, garlic and shallots and until just tender (don’t over-cook).

Puree all steamed veg with broth, salt, and pepper in a food processor (will be thinner than regular mashed potatoes).

Spread mashed cauliflower over meat mixture. Sprinkle with sweet paprika if desired.

Bake for 30 minutes until top begins to turn golden.

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