I love Cottage pie, known to most as Shepard’s pie. The difference between the two is, Cottage pie uses minced beef while Shepherd’s used minced lamb. Regardless what you call it, Shepherd pie is the perfect cold weather comfort food. Shepherd’s Pie is super easy to make. The top layer is usually potatoes. Because of the starch content found in potatoes though my husband and I have been limiting our intake. Recently my oldest daughter and I were talking about healthier shepherd’s pie alternatives to the classic Sheppard’s pie.
She suggested I use mash cauliflower as a substitute for potato. However, because we had butternut squash and carrots in our fridge left over from Easter, I used those instead.
Butternut Squash is loaded with fibre and antioxidants known as carotenoids, which are known to protect against heart disease. Carrots are high in vitamin A, an essential nutrient for good vision. In fact, carrots are loaded with beta carotene and are subsequently converted into vitamin A in your liver. As well as I added, Mann’s Power Blend, which contains multiple “super food” ingredients, designated because of their high content of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
This Healthy Shepherd’s Pie recipe is just as easy to make as the classic recipe you grew up with.
Butternut Squash & Carrots Healthier Shepherd’s Pie
- Half a package of Mann’s Power Blend. Mann’s Power Blend contains kale, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, Napa cabbage, carrots and broccoli.
- 1 tablespoon Litehouse Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- Dash or two of seasoning. I used Epicure Garlicky Gill topping.
- 1 lb of lean hamburger. For a healthier alternative substitute with ground chicken or turkey. For a vegan Sheppard’s pie- use lentils in substitute of beef.
- 1 cup of mixed vegetables. ( I used Green Giant frozen mixed vegetables. Alternatively, you can add whatever vegetables you have on hand.)
- 2 cans tomato paste. You can also use salsa in substitute of the paste or diced tomatoes.
- 4 cups of squash and carrot blend ( you can substitute carrots for Cauliflower. Thanking my daughter for this tip.)
Brown ground beef in large skillet and drain. Add vegetables, Mann’s Power Blend, dressing, seasoning and simmer 10 minutes or until hot.
Add tomato paste and simmer another few min.
Cook 1 packaged of mini peeled carrots.
Peel cut and dices two butternut squash into cubes or you can use Mann’s Butternut Squash, which is already cubed, cut and ready to cook. Place the squash in a large pot of water and bring to a boil for 30-45 minutes until the squash has cooked down until it’s tender. Next drain all the water from the squash in a colander and use a plate to press the squash to get any access water out.
Now place the squash in a food processor , along with your cook carrots. Add two table spoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of black pepper and blend until smooth.
In a casserole dish, layer the meat filling at the bottom then evenly spread the mash combo of carrots and squash on top.
Place in oven and bake on 375 for one hour or until golden brown on top. When finished let cool for 10 min, cut and serve.
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