Monday, October 27, 2014

Comfort Foods :: Paleo Shepard's Pie.

Another one of my go-to meals I like to have the ingredients around for is Paleo Shepard's Pie. ESPECIALLY as we continue to pretend fall is here down in Texas. This warm dish has Fall written all over it, so come on Dallas, get the hint...

I found this recipe originally from following an Instagram account, @primalappetite, and have adapted to my own technique now to where it's second nature.

With my aching mouth and teeth from all my dental work, this cozy, soft, and comfort-food dish hit the spot tonight...not to mention reheats for great (not as beautiful) leftovers!
What I used:
  • 1 lb ground meat (I used turkey tonight...great with any sort...)
  • 1-2 carrots diced
  • 1 stalk of celery diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Dried Basil
  • Salt and Peppa to taste
***Confession: The way I keep this easy and quick is by hitting up Trader Joe's. They have a "Mirepoix" stew mix that is the perfect ratio of carrots, celery, and onion already chopped! I also have been buying the steam bags of cauliflower so I don't have to steam the cauliflower and it keeps it simple and easy! Praise be for Trader Joe's makin its way to DFW!
Makin it happen:
  1. Brown the meat in a large skillet with some S&P and some dried basil sprinkled in
  2. When cooked, add in the veggies and continue to cook until the veggies are soft. I toss in a little more dried basil too and cover with a lid to help steam the veggies a little.
  3. Boil the cauliflower OR nuke your steam bag :)
  4. Transfer soft cauliflower to food processor and mix with EVOO and garlic
  5. Pulse until smooth
  6. Spoon meat and veggie mix into square pyrex and distribute evenly (I use an 8x8 but a 9x12 would be fine, just thinner)
  7. Top with cauliflower mash and spread. Sprinkle a little S&P and dried basil to top
  8. Bake at 400* for 20 minutes
Be warned, male friends have been known to really like and devour! It really is pretty simple and very flavorful!

Cauliflower is a wonderful tool when eating clean as it is a very adaptable vegetable to replace a lot of starchy, carb-loaded foods, and is packed with lots of nutrients.
Here are just some of the benefits:
  • High in nutrients and minerals (C, K, Folate, Fiber, B6, Magnesium and many more...)
  • Boosts detox processes in the body
  • Great antioxidant support with the Vitamin C and Magensium as well as many key phytonutrients
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Natural support of the cardiovascular and digestive systems
  • Just to name a few...
Feeling comforted and...
Finding Fit,

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