Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

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I’ll never forget when I first started living on my own in college. I lived off campus with a group of wonderful roommates, bounced way too many checks, and semi-consistently cooked a grand total of  3 dishes: Shepherd’s Pie, Beef Stroganoff and Pastina in chicken broth.  Since this time, my meal repertoire has (thankfully) expanded quite a bit. However, Shepherd’s Pie remains a favorite, quick and easy meal that I love to make for my family.

Following is a healthy spin on this hearty dish. What makes it way better than the version I used to make in my college days is the use of Butcher Box 100% grass fed, grass finished ground beef and the cauliflower mashed potatoes. (My 30-something body doesn’t have the metabolism it used to, so I try to limit carb heavy white potatoes.) This can easily be made into a vegetarian dish by substituting cooked lentils for ground beef. Both versions are delicious. Enjoy!

Print Recipe

Paleo or vegetarian. Yum!

Course: Main Course

Serves: 1 Scale Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoonsolive oil
  • 1 largeonion diced
  • 1 poundorganic grass fed ground beef or turkey or lentils, if making vegetarian style
  • 2 tspEsther’s Seasonings: Gourmet Salt Or 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 12 teaspoonEsther’s Seasonings: West Indian Pepper Or black pepper
  • 2 large headscauliflower or sweet potatoes trimmed, chopped and steamed until very soft
  • 1 12 oz pkgfrozen veggies I like to use mixed vegetables. To be truly Paleo, these should not include corn.
  • 1 12 oz jarorganic, no-sugar added tomato sauce


  1. Heat olive oil in large frying pan and sauté onion for ~3 minutes, until soft. Add garlic & sauté for ~2 more minutes. Add ground meat to pan and sauté until brown. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour ground meat mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  3. Scatter frozen veggies on top of beef mixture (be sure to use Paleo/Whole 30 approved veggies if applicable.)
  4. Pour tomato sauce over veggies and distribute evenly (you may want to use a spatula).
  5. Prepare Riced cauliflower according to pkg directions. or steam sweet potato and purée in food processor and puree until smooth.
  6. Spread mashed cauliflower or sweet potato over everything. Season with salt & pepper.

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