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Saint Patrick’s Day Skinny Shepherd’s Pie

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days.  NewsforChews is in the midst of a revamp (as you can tell!) and I was focused on running my first marathon!!  My legs are screaming at me, but and I finished in 4:27:19, and with that behind me, it is back to posts!  Today I am bringing you a healthy Saint Patrick’s Day recipe…a Skinny Shepherd’s Pie.  The skinny is reference to the mashed cauliflower instead of the mashed potatoes that top the Shepherd’s Pie.  Follow the recipe below for a festive Saint Patrick’s Day recipe!

Mashed Cauliflower Topping:
1 16-ounce bag frozen cauliflower
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 0.75-ounce wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese (any flavor)
salt & pepper to taste
3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
Cauliflower Ingredients

Cauliflower Ingredients

Cook cauliflower according to package’s directions, then drain

Using immersion blender or food processor, blend cauliflower until smooth

Add butter and laughing cow, blend

Stir in seasonings and Parmesan cheese

Set aside

Cauliflower Topping

Cauliflower Topping

1 pound ground turkey breast, beef, or bison (or a combination)
1/2 onion, chopped
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
2 large carrots, chopped
olive oil and/or coconut oil
3/4 cup frozen edamame
3/4 cup frozen baby lima beans
1 cup frozen corn
15-16 ounces of Italian spiced tomato sauce
1/4-1/2 cup wine
salt, pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Optional:  1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/8-1/4 tsp. chipotle pepper
Optional:  1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Sauté mushrooms, onion, and carrots in either olive oil or coconut oil
Sauté desired meat in oil
Combine the sautéed vegetables, meat, and the frozen vegetables
Add the tomato sauce, wine, and season to taste
Cook on medium for 5 minutes
Pour into a greased 2 quart oven-proof casserole
Veggies and Meat ready to be topped with cheese and cauliflower

Veggies and Meat ready to be topped with cheese and cauliflower

At this point both the filling and the mashed cauliflower can be refrigerated for several
When ready to bake, take both the filling & topping out of refrigerator, preheat oven to 375
Bake the filling for 15-20 minutes, until bubbly
Then, if desired, sprinkle the hot filling with 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Topped with Cheese

Topped with Cheese

Spread the mashed cauliflower topping over the hot filling

Topped with Cauliflower

Topped with Cauliflower

Bake for another 15-20 minutes until hot
Sprinkle top with grated Parmesan cheese and broil for 5-6 minutes, until cheese is melted & slightly browned
Shepherd’s Pie cooling and ready to be dug into!

Shepherd’s Pie cooling and ready to be dug into!

A portion of the Skinny Shepherd's Pie ready to be eaten!

A portion of the Skinny Shepherd’s Pie ready to be eaten!

Serves 3-4
Stay hungry…

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