Shepherd’s Pie Made Healthy

There is something so satisfying about Shepherd’s pie!  It’s delicious, warm, and so filling!  I was in the mood for Shepherd’s pie, so I went online and found a few recipes, but they all called for potatoes, beef, butter, glutenous flour, etc. Not terrible foods, but I wanted to make things healthier, I made some substitutes and came up with a delicious version of shepherd’s pie that is really really good for you!  The best part is that it’s really easy to make.  You get all the satisfaction of comfort food without having to feel guilty about it afterwards.



For the top layer

  • 1 head cauliflower, washed and chopped into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • 1/4 cup greek plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water

For the bottom layer

  • 1.5 lbs. ground chicken
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. Buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cup water


1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the cauliflower and cook till soft (about 10 minutes).

2.) When cauliflower is soft, take 1 cup of the water you cooked the cauliflower in and drain the rest.  Set the cup of water aside.  Transfer the drained cauliflower to a food processor and add the olive oil, sea salt, and garlic.  Pulse to combine.  Add the yogurt and 2-3 Tbsp. of the water you set aside.  Process on high until smooth.  Set the cauliflower mash aside.

3.) In a large frying pan, add the chicken, olive oil, and onion and cook over medium high heat.  Cook until the chicken is cooked through (about  10-15 minutes).  Reduce the heat to medium low and add the garlic, sea salt, thyme, and buckwheat flour.  Stir to coat the meat with buckwheat flour.  Add the rest of the water you set aside and simmer over low heat for about 7 minutes.

4.) Transfer the meat mixture to a glass pan or oven safe dish.  Dollop the cauliflower mash on top of it then spread evenly over the meat mixture.  Bake for about 25 minutes until the cauliflower mash is slightly browned.

5.) Let sit in the pan for 5-10 minutes before serving.  Cut out pieces and transfer to a plate.

YUM! Enjoy! 🙂

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