This shepherd's pie with cauliflower mash is a low-carb, healthier version of a great cold-weather dish. Enjoy this satisfying meal with a little less guilt.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch casserole
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Filling:
Topping:

Directions

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  • Heat avocado oil in a very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add celery, mushrooms, and onion; saute until onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Crumble turkey into the skillet. Add parsley, thyme, garlic powder, pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook until turkey is no longer pink and has absorbed most of the liquid in the skillet, about 15 minutes.

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  • Sprinkle almond flour over the turkey mixture and cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce until combined; cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish and top with sliced zucchini.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Cook cauliflower rice in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot, about 5 minutes. Set 1 cup aside in a large bowl. Transfer remaining cauliflower rice to a food processor with milk and 1 tablespoon butter; blend until smooth. Mix with reserved rice for added texture.

  • Spread cauliflower mixture over the meat and zucchini. Cut remaining 1 tablespoon butter into small pieces and dot over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with paprika.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cauliflower topping has a golden hue, 30 to 35 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Any soy or nut milk can be used in place of regular milk, and any oil can be substituted for avocado oil.

Any thickener can be used instead of almond flour.

Nutrition Facts

266 calories; protein 27.6g 55% DV; carbohydrates 11.5g 4% DV; fat 13.4g 21% DV; cholesterol 89.5mg 30% DV; sodium 224.1mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2019
Very tasty and perfect for low-carbers or keto-dieters! I halved the recipe and used a 8 x 8 dish, which worked out perfectly. I highly recommend at least doubling the salt as it's a bit on the bland side without. I used my own thickener, as suggested in the cook's notes since I don't like the results from using almond flour - it tends to make things gritty. Instead, I sprinkled about 1/2 tsp of konjac flour over top of the meat mixture in the pan, then stirred it all together. I also highly recommend cooking the vegetables first, then placing into a bowl, then cooking the meat mixture on its own, and combining everything back into the pan. Otherwise, the pan will be overcrowded and the meat will just steam. To save time, you could buy premade frozen mashed cauliflower, thaw it, then spread over top of the zucchini. You could also just steam your own cauliflower florets, then mash it yourself. Just make sure that no matter what cauliflower you use, it is well drained. I'll be making this again, as it makes the perfect leftovers for my work lunches! Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2019
Very tasty and perfect for low-carbers or keto-dieters! I halved the recipe and used a 8 x 8 dish, which worked out perfectly. I highly recommend at least doubling the salt as it's a bit on the bland side without. I used my own thickener, as suggested in the cook's notes since I don't like the results from using almond flour - it tends to make things gritty. Instead, I sprinkled about 1/2 tsp of konjac flour over top of the meat mixture in the pan, then stirred it all together. I also highly recommend cooking the vegetables first, then placing into a bowl, then cooking the meat mixture on its own, and combining everything back into the pan. Otherwise, the pan will be overcrowded and the meat will just steam. To save time, you could buy premade frozen mashed cauliflower, thaw it, then spread over top of the zucchini. You could also just steam your own cauliflower florets, then mash it yourself. Just make sure that no matter what cauliflower you use, it is well drained. I'll be making this again, as it makes the perfect leftovers for my work lunches! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2019
We really liked this dish. The only thing I did differently was added some shredded Gouda cheese since I had a dish very similar to this in Amsterdam. It sort of tasted like lasagna except no noodles.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2019
To speed up the prep I used pre-made mashed cauliflower and frozen mixture of carrots onions and celery. Recipe turned out pretty well...even the picky kids liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2019
I ve never been a fan of shepherds pie but loved this one with cauliflower mash on top. I will definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2020
Really liked the ingredients and texture! Used ground beef bc that’s what I had on hand, and I browned it separately, then added it to the veggies. Still delicious! Added xtra sharp white cheddar, black pepper, and green onions to the cauliflower topping. Definitely will be making again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2020
This is such a great healthy alternative to the traditional Shepherd's Pie and the recipe turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2020
This was better than I thought it could be. I didn't have zuccini but I had okra and used that. I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2020
Will definitely make again, but the cauliflower topping is quite bland. So next time will make creamier with milk , salt, pepper, some herbs or perhaps a little cream to make richer. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2019
A bit low on flavor I added carrots but next time would also add some spices. would make it again. Read More