It’s the new year and everyone is doing their yearly health goals and I’m no different from anyone else. This year is a little more serious for me after having a few episodes of A-Fib which is being out of heart rhythm and then having to be shocked back into rhythm. Let’s just say it’s not an enjoyable experience so those of you who have ever experienced it know that maybe taking a little better care of ourselves should be on the top of our priority list!
So this recipe is spawned of the Irish Classic Sheppard’s Pie that is traditionally made with ground lamb. So in honesty it’s a cottage pie. If you make the dish with beef, pork, turkey or even chicken it should be called Cottage Pie. Just a little culinary lesson there! LOL
Its still winter time so comfort food is always a craving this time of year so why not dig in to something that is comforting, filling, delicious and healthy! This dish is sure to fill you up without all the calories, fat and cholesterol. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do.
Healthy Turkey Cottage (Sheppard’s) Pie
A delicious and healthy version of the classic sheppard's pie that will be a delight while trying to stay on track for you New Year's resolutions!
Ingredients for the cauliflower mash
Step by Step instructions
Lets start with the Turkey mix
Before we get to that let's save some time and get the cauliflower going.
Core the head of cauliflower and chop into florets and place into a large pot and cover with water
While that is cooking away we can start with the veggies. Peel and dice the sweet potato, onion and slice the mushroom.
Next add a couple tbsp. of olive oil to a sauté pan and heat to medium high. add the onions and mushrooms and cook until soft. Add the chopped cloves of garlic and cook for a few minutes more
Add the sweet potato to a small sauce pan, cover with water and bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Simmer until a knife easily inserts into the potato. Drain and add to the onion and mushroom mix. Then take off heat and set aside.
You will need these items for the meat:
Next add a couple TBSP of olive oil to the pan and add the turkey and cook until well browned and once browned add the corn starch and stir until incorporated.
Then add the red wine. You will see it thicken slightly.
Then add the tomato paste, cook for a minute or two and incorporated. Then add the beef stock. Let mix cook until thick and liquid coats the meat. Now add the onion, mushroom and potato back into the meat.
Spray an 8x8 casserole pan with cooking spray and pour the turkey mix into the pan and set aside.
Next is the Cauliflower Mash:
You want this close by:
Drain the soft cooked cauliflower in a colander and let sit for 15 minutes.
Note: I try to do this while I'm preparing the meat mixture
Next place cauliflower into a food processor along with the spices, butter and cheeses
Process on high for a few minutes until mixture is smooth. While processing add in the heavy cream and process for another minute. Taste and add seasoning to your liking.
Remember this is the healthy version. (big smile)
Next top the Turkey mixture evenly with the cauliflower mash and smooth out with a spatula then take a fork and make little peaks as seen below.
Now here's the best part. You can make this a day or two ahead and wrap and leave in the fridge for another night or do a double batch of the turkey mixture and freeze for another time. Just take out and set on the counter for 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 400°. Place the pie on a baking sheet and place on the middle shelf and bake for 30 minutes until bubbling on the sides and peaks have browned slightly and internal temp is 160°. If you want darker browning turn on the broiler for 5 minutes but watch closely.
What you should have will look like this.
Serve piping hot with your favorite green side dish. This is served with sautéed Swiss Chard and Onion.
Serving Size 1 Cup
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 208
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 10g16%
- Cholesterol 58mg20%
- Sodium 327mg14%
- Total Carbohydrate 10g4%
- Protein 16g32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
This recipe is very versatile. If you are wanting a quick weeknight meal for the family and aren't needing to follow this healthy version you could substitute a package of ready made mashed potatoes from the grocery store. I would suggest sour cream and chive.