Healthy Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

healthy cauliflower shepherd's pie from wellness darling

I am a big fan of Shepherd’s Pie. Honestly, anything with meat and potatoes is near and dear to my heart. I realize though that there are some better options for my body than mashed potatoes and ground beef. I took a comfort food recipe, made some simple swaps and ended up with this delicious, healthy shepherd’s pie made with ground turkey and cheesy cauliflower mash.

This recipe makes 6 large servings. It was perfect for my weekly lunch prep!


Cauliflower Mash
1 head cauliflower
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
garlic powder, to taste
onion powder, to taste
salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 cup cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top

Meat and veggie filling
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 1/2 cups carrots
14 oz frozen green beans
garlic powder, to taste
onion powder, to taste
salt & pepper, to taste

Chop cauliflower into small florets. . Place in a glass bowl and top with butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Microwave for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.

While the cauliflower is cooking, brown ground turkey. Add in carrots and green beans. Cover and cook on medium-low until vegetables are tender.

meat filling for healthy cauliflower shepherd's pie

Once cauliflower is done, remove from microwave and pour into a blender. gradually add milk, cheddar cheese, and seasonings. Blend until smooth. You may have to add more milk depending on how big your head of cauliflower was.  You cauliflower mash should be similar in texture to mashed potatoes.

Cauliflower mash on top of the healthy cauliflower shepherd's pie

Add meat mixture to a  9 x 13 glass casserole dish. Top with the cauliflower mash and smooth with a rubber spatula. Top with a little shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

This recipe contains 6 grams net carbs and 20 grams of protein.

*Please note that because Wellness Darling does not want to trigger any eating disorders, we only post basic nutritional information for carbs and protein, and we do not post caloric values for our recipes. <3

Do you have a favorite comfort food you want me to make into a healthy option? Post a comment below and I’ll see what I can do!

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