Shepherd’s Pie

When I ventured out into Whole30, this was one of the first recipes I wanted to try. It meets so many of my criteria for delicious-ness and a good recipe. Potatoes, left overs, chunky ground meat, bubbly goodness, and did I mention potatoes? Yes, that’s right, there are two kinds of potatoes! Now I know a lot of people have fond childhood memories of this dish but this isn’t something I remember eating a lot of.But, that will definitely change with this recipe. It looks so unassuming but it is packed full of flavour and nutrients, but I mean common, look at those volcanoes of sauce pockets!

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My Ingredients:
1/2 lb ground meat
1 Onion
3 Cloves of Garlic
2 Medium Potatoes
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
1-2 Sweet Peppers
1 Large Carrot
2 Portobello Mushrooms or 10 Small Mushrooms
1 Tbsp Oil
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp Arrowroot Starch
1 1/2 Cup Broth
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1/4 Cup Almond Milk
S & P

My Method:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put a large pot of water on to boil.

Peel and dice potatoes into even size pieces and place carefully in water and bring to a boil together. Boil until tender. Drain, and set aside.
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Prep your veggies, chop onions, peppers, carrots, and mushrooms into bite sized pieces.

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Add oil to a sauté pan on med/high heat. Add in onions, peppers, and carrots and cook through, approximately 5 minutes.

Grate or chop garlic and add to the pan along with the meat, cook through for 1-2 minutes.

Add in mushrooms, seasoning, tomato paste, and mustard, cooking through until the mushrooms start to break down.
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Lastly, add in arrowroot starch and broth, S & P,  and simmer until thickened

While you are waiting for your meat mixture to thicken, mash potatoes with coconut oil, nutritional yeast, almond milk, and S & P.

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Dump your meat sauce into a medium/large casserole and spread the potato mixture on top evenly.

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Bake for 20 minutes until it is bubbling and delicious, serve and enjoy!

Tipsy:

  • You can easily sub any of these ingredients to fit your lifestyle. Coconut oil for butter, arrowroot for corn starch, almond for regular milk, etc.
  • Any meat will do. I happened to use a ground pork/beef blend as that is what was on sale.
  • Smoked paprika has a really distinct flavour. If you don’t have this, you could use a chipotle or ancho chili powder, or if you it works for you, add a Tbsp of BBQ sauce.

Details:
Oven at 350 degrees
Serves 6-8 portions
20 minutes of baking

 

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