Yes, you read the title of this post right! The words healthy and shepherd’s pie put together! You could even add low-carb and Ideal Protein friendly in there too. Even with all the healthy recipes that I have posted this is by far my favorite. I was blown away by how similar it tasted to the real thing. I couldn’t figure out how it tasted so good and was still on protocol. I literally had to review the recipe to make sure I had not screwed anything up!
The idea for this healthy swap came from the “Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie” recipe over on Ditch the Carbs. The recipe was pretty much where I needed it to be except it had carrots, cooked onion, and cheese it in – all Ideal Protein no goes.
So I did a little brainstorming and decided to eliminate the cheese and onion. Then swap the carrot for zucchini. I also added some mushrooms as well.
If you are looking for a filling comfort food classic this is the “ideal” recipe for you! (Oh geesh…I have gone and thrown in some puns 🙂 ) I hope you all enjoy!
Let me know in the comments what other comfort food classics you would like me to give a healthy makeover. I will try my best to see what swaps I can make!
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Healthy Shepherd's Pie
Recipe by: Jamie Boden at My Beautiful Ideal
- 1 tablespoon, olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 pounds ground meat (turkey, beef, chicken, pork – anything will do)
- 2 x 14.5 oz cans of diced tomato
- 2 zucchini, grated – wring to get as much moisture out
- 1 package button mushrooms, diced
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 packages, frozen cauliflower mash – prepared according to package (any brand will work or you can make your own.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large pan, heat olive oil and garlic over medium high heat.
- Add the ground meat and brown.
- Once meat is brown, drain any excess fat and return to the pan.
- Add tomatoes, grated zucchini, mushrooms, and beef broth.
- Season meat mixture with salt, pepper, and onion powder.
- Reduce to medium heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Transfer meat mixture to a 9 x 13-inch casserole and spread evenly.
- Prepare cauliflower mash according to the package.
- Top meat mixture with the prepared cauliflower mash, spread evenly on the top.
- Cook in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
- Take the casserole out of the oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
Tips: Make sure to wring the zucchini out! You want as much moisture out of the mixture as possible, or you will have soupy shepherd’s pie!
Nutrition: Calories 354, Protein 28g, Carbohydrate 9g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Total Sugars 6g, Total Fat 23g.