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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Paleo/Whole30 Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Yum!! I used to love the Shepherd's Pie my mom made when I was little. And believe it or not, as a little girl I really thought it had something to do with the shepherd's at the birth of Jesus. Don't ask me why or how I thought that made sense, but I did. :-)

Anyways, now that eating white potatoes isn't a part of my regular diet, I wanted to try out a Paleo, Whole30 version of Shepherd's Pie. The biggest change from the traditional recipe is substituting cauliflower for the potatoes. Before you think, "weird," try it out. It is delicious! The recipe is below:

Paleo/Whole30 Shepherd's Pie

You will need:
1 head of cauliflower
3 tbsp butter or ghee
1 tbsp coconut milk
1 lb beef
3 large carrots, sliced or chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, sliced
3 garlic cloves
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Steam the cauliflower in chunks. Saute the carrots, onion, and celery with 2 tbsp of the butter or ghee. When veggies are mostly cooked, add in the ground beef, salt, pepper and garlic.

Add cauliflower to a food processor and blend with 1 tbsp butter or ghee, coconut milk and salt until it is about the consistency of rice or even smaller.

Next, pour beef and veggie mixture in the bottom of a baking dish. Add the cauliflower over the top and back for 15 minutes. Yum!

Also, feel free to add in different veggies instead of the carrots and celery. I am going to try broccoli next time!


  1. This is a regular recipe in my house as it's one meal my toddler will eat. We decided to keep the potatoes though; I just make it a thin layer on a lot of meat and veggies. I like to top the pie with lots of shredded cheese (goat cheddar as hubby's allergic to cow dairy), paprika, and chipotle chili powder. Yum!

    1. Wow! That sounds fabulous! Will have to try....

  2. We like shepherd's pie. I like the mashed potato top, but cauliflower is a family favorite too. It sounds like a good combination. Will be giving it a try soon.

  3. This looks great! I rarely use regular potatoes to cook with anymore. Last week I made a pizza crust using califlower and it was better than expected! I like to sneak veggies in wherever I can : )

    1. Ginger - can you share your cauliflower pizza crust recipe? I have been wanting to try that, but thought it just wouldn't work...I would love to try!

  4. The weather just got really cold again here, so this sounds quite tempting. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love any variety of shepherd's pie! altho must be healthy! This is wonderful way to incorporate more cauliflower in your diet! I am definitely going to try this next time I make it!!!!!

    1. This one is so healthy and so tasty! Cauliflower has become a new staple in our house. We love it!

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