Shepherd's Pie

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I’m all about convenience. So please take note -- before you do anything, start roasting your potatoes! It will save you so much downtime. While they are in the oven, you can do all of your prep.

This is the perfect option if you are looking for a great recipe to batch cook and fill your freezer. It’s a lot of food! I busted out my Pyrex collection and filled two 6-cup containers AND two 4¾-cup containers. Plus, reheating is so easy. Just defrost and throw it in the oven or the microwave.

Personally, I’m all about a little extra time in the oven for the taters. But if the microwave is your thing, be sure to use glass containers for storage so you aren’t putting plastic in the microwave.

 Loaded with veggies, this recipe is sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free (if you use ghee instead of butter). I buy my ghee at  Trader Joe’s  —an 8oz. jar is $3.99!

Loaded with veggies, this recipe is sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free (if you use ghee instead of butter). I buy my ghee at Trader Joe’s —an 8oz. jar is $3.99!


Ingredients

2 lbs. ground beef

1 medium red onion, chopped

6 medium carrots, diced

1 12oz. package riced cauliflower

1 12 oz. package riced broccoli

2 6oz. cans of tomato paste

3 Tbsp. minced garlic

2 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. paprika

3 bay leaves

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Topping

4 lbs. yellow potatoes

2 Tbsp. ghee (or butter)

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

Red pepper flakes (optional)

Scallions, Hot Sauce, Shredded Cheese (optional)




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Instructions

Preheat oven to 500°.

Wrap potatoes in foil and place in middle of rack, in middle of the oven. Set timer for 25 minutes. When timer goes off, flip foil package and continue cooking for 20 minutes.

While the potatoes are roasting, prep your onion and carrots and measure out seasonings.

In large skillet, sauté onion on medium heat for 4 minutes. Add carrots. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add ground beef, tomato paste, garlic, chili powder, black pepper, paprika and bay leaves. Cook until beef is browned. Add riced cauliflower and riced broccoli.

Reduce heat to low and cover.

When potatoes are finished roasting, remove from oven and empty aluminum foil package into large bowl. Reset oven to 375°. Mash potatoes very well. Add ghee/butter and garlic powder. Mix well.

Lay out containers. Split up pie filling and spread evenly. Top with mashed potatoes. Spread evenly. Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top of taters.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375°. Then turn broiler on high for 3 to 4 minutes, until topping is nearing golden brown.

Remove from oven. Enjoy right away or if you are planning to freeze, let containers cool before putting them in the freezer.

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