Lighter Shepherd’s Pie

Ahh there is nothing better than comfort food, but when trying to eat healthier, it means, NO COMFORT FOOD! Well, since we still want our comfort food while eating right, I needed to scour recipes for healthier versions of our favorites. I can across this recipe from Ellie Krieger and knew I just had to make it. It was lighter and healthier and just comforting enough for us!
I also made ours in individual dishes for great portion control and froze the extra for later meals!



1 pound lean ground beef (90 percent lean or higher)-I used 99% lean turkey meat
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped (about 3 cups)
3 medium carrots, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced -I omitted
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour-I used WW flour as we were TOTALLY out of ap flour
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup frozen peas
1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold or creamery potatoes
1 small head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into florets -I omitted
2/3 cup 1 percent lowfat milk
2 tablespoons butter


In a large nonstick skillet cook the meat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate. Drain any fat remaining in the skillet.

Heat the oil in the skillet over a medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook, covered, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Raise the heat to moderately-high. Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are soft and their liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes longer. Return the meat to the pan. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper and bring to a simmer being sure to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the peas. Pour the mixture into a 12-cup shallow baking dish (about 11 by 9 inches).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Scrub the potatoes and cut into 2-inch pieces. Arrange the potatoes in a steamer basket, and steam for 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower to the basket and cook until the potatoes and cauliflower are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes longer. Mash the vegetables with a potato masher until smooth. Heat the milk, butter, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper and stir into the potato mixture.

Spread the potato mixture on top of the meat and bake until heated through, about 25 minutes.

Per Serving:

Calories 340; Total Fat 9 g; (Sat Fat 4 g, Mono Fat 3.5 g, Poly Fat 1 g) ; Protein 24 g; Carb 42 g; Fiber 7 g; Cholesterol 50 mg; Sodium 540 mg


3 Comments on “Lighter Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. brannyboilsover says:

    I just noticed your new banner up top, very nice!
    Glad you enjoyed your Shepherd’s Pie dinner 🙂

  2. Sara says:

    I’ve never tried Shepherd’s Pie, but it sure does look delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.

  3. Suzie says:

    Hi! Looks yummy, thank you. I looked all over – how many servings does it makes??

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