Recently, I learned that Shepherd's pie is made with lamb and I typically make mine with beef, which is called a cottage pie. I tried to call my healthy shepherd's pie a cottage pie for a week but it just didn't feel right. This has always been one of my favorite comfort foods. I might be one of the only people who looks forward to getting shepherd's pie delivered with a side of rom-coms for a thrilling Friday night in.
I was excited (and a bit skeptical if I'm being honest) to take on the challenge of making a comforting, nourishing and creamy shepherd's pie that is packed with veggies, flavor and natural ingredients. I'm OBSESSED with how this came out. Who knew that a shepherd's pie could taste so creamy and savory without any dairy? I certainly didn't. Finally, I can eat this comfort food without all the bloating, sluggishness and guilt. After all, this shepherd's pie is not only delicious but also truly good for you.
Which kitchen tools are needed?
- Pressure cooker (Instant Pot) or large pot with lid
- Food processor or blender
- Cutting board
- Large baking dish
- Large sauté pan
- Optional: A mandolin slicer, vegetable chopper or electric food slicer/shredder makes the chopping much quicker
Can I substitute the beef for something else?
- Lentils (for a vegan / vegetarian option)
- Extra Veggies (double the carrots, celery & zucchini)
- Lamb (ground)
- Chicken (ground)
- Turkey (ground)
How to store the healthy shepherd's pie:
Storage: Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: Freeze for up to 3 months.
Gift this to your friends!
This healthy shepherd's pie my go-to prepared meal to gift to friends who are new parents, are in recovery or are grieving from the loss of a loved one. What better gift to give than the gift of time and nourishment? I assembled the healthy shepherd's pie in a heavy duty disposable pan and put the baking instructions on the disposable lid with a black marker. I also included some of my healthy chocolate chip banana bread muffins (gluten free). Finally, I tied it all up with a pretty ribbon and a card!