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Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie

beef gluten-free nut-free time_45 min

Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie

Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie

A *lazy* twist on our favorite comfort food! Trust me, I know how precious your time is, and that's why I'm sharing a dish that has all the flavors of shepherd's pie, but is ready in half the time! Although it's "comfort food," that doesn't mean this dish doesn't offer plenty of nutrient-dense goodness. The perfect way to warm up and fuel up on a chilly day!

Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4-6


  • 4 potatoes (any kind you prefer), washed and cubed (peeling optional)
  • 2 Tbsp oil (any kind you prefer)
  • 1 lb ground meat (any kind you prefer)
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • Optional additions to mashed potatoes: ½ cup milk, 2 Tbsp butter or oil


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the potato chunks and cook for 20-30 minutes or until tender
  • Add the ground meat, chopped carrots, onions, mushrooms and spices to a large skillet, and cook over medium heat until the carrots are soft and the meat is browned (~10-15 minutes)
  • Once the carrots are soft, mix in the tomato sauce
  • Remove the potatoes from the pot, and mash them by hand or with an electric mixer. If adding butter or milk, slowly add these in while mixing
  • Serve the mashed potatoes with the “pie filling” immediately, or let cool, divide evenly among food storage containers, and store in the freezer/refrigerator

Recipe Modifications:

  • Gluten-free: None
  • Nut-free: None
  • Vegetarian/Vegan: Omit the ground beef from the recipe, and instead add 1-2 cups of cooked lentils or other legumes like kidney beans to the vegetable mixture once cooked and softened

Recipe Notes:

  • Leave the skin on your potatoes for extra fiber + nutrients

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