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Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mash

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Maple and Thyme
Ground turkey, parsnip and carrots are seasoned with fresh herbs, beef stock and tomato paste. This cozy dish is topped with a creamy cauliflower mash. This Shepherd's Pie recipe is Whole30 compliant, tastes great and is super easy to make!
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For the Turkey and Vegetables

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Papa Joe's Salt or combination of salt and pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth can also use chicken broth

For the Bouquet Garni

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves

For the Cauliflower Mash

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons avocado mayonnaise
  • 1/4 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Papa Joe's Salt or combination of salt and pepper


For the Bouquet Garni

  • Add thyme and bay leaves to a small spice bag or tie herbs together with a piece of kitchen twine. Reserve until ready to use.

For the Turkey and Vegetables

  • Warm a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium dutch oven over medium heat. Add turkey to pan and brown until the turkey is fully cooked. 5-6 minutes.
    Add the chopped parsnips, carrots and shallot. Mix in tomato paste and 1/2 teaspoon Papa Joe’s Salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the shallot becomes translucent. 
    Add beef broth and bouquet garni. Make sure that the bouquet garni is completely covered by the broth.
  • Cover and leave the meat and vegetables to simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove the cover and simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes. Once most of the liquid has evaporated and the carrots are tender, remove the bouquet garni from the turkey and vegetables.

For the Cauliflower Mash

  • Chop a large head of cauliflower into large florets. Steam the cauliflower for 6-7 minutes until it is tender. 
    In your food processor or blender, puree steamed cauliflower with coconut milk, avocado mayonnaise, garlic and Papa Joe’s Salt.

Baking the Shepherd's Pie

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spread turkey and vegetables evenly over the bottom of your baking pan. Cover with cauliflower mash. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the entire pie is warmed through. 
    Serve with a fresh green salad and your favorite dressing. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. 


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 669mg | Potassium: 973mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5220IU | Vitamin C: 76.2mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg