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Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Shepherd’s Pie has never been one of those recipes I’ve just been dying to make.  To be perfectly honest, it just doesn’t have a whole lot of appeal.  It’s certainly not much to look at, and quite frankly just the name invokes thoughts of tasteless English mush.  In fact, I probably would have gone my whole life without tasting it at all if my friend Angie hadn’t convinced me to give it a try.

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My expectations of this recipe were pretty low, but Angie was absolutely right.  Even more surprisingly, my whole family devoured it, despite the fact that it’s not all that pretty AND despite the fact that the vegetarian crumbles and mashed cauliflower make it super diet-friendly as well.  Shepherd’s Pie….who knew?

Note:  You can easily substitute 1 pound of real ground beef for the vegetarian crumbles, as well as leftover mashed potatoes for the mashed cauliflower.  It will be just as delicious but not nearly as low in calories.

Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Here is what you need:

3 tablespoons butter
1/2 onion
1 package vegetarian protein crumbles (such as Boca or Morningstar)
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
8 ounces sliced carrots
1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
1 can corn, drained
1 can Progresso Recipe Starters, mushroom flavor
2 tablespoons fresh parsley 
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons flour
8 ounces sharp cheddar, grated (optional)
1 recipe Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower 

Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Step 1: Melt butter; chop onion.  Saute onion until soft, 5-8 minutes.

Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Step 2: Add vegetarian crumbles & stir well, then add mushrooms and saute 4-5 minutes more, cutting mushrooms into small pieces with spatula.

Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Step 3:  Add carrots & vegetable broth.  Stir well; cook 2-3 minutes more.

Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Step 4:  Add corn, Recipe Starter, and spices.  Stir well.  Add flour.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Transfer vegetable mixture to greased 2 1/2 quart casserole dish.

Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Step 5:  Sprinkle with cheese (optional).

Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Step 6: Spoon mashed cauliflower (or mashed potatoes) over top of cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and cauliflower is lightly browned.

Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Skinny Shepherds Pie | Healthy Shepherds Pie | Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe | Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

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Have you ever tried Shepherds Pie?

14 Comments

  1. Janelle
    November 27 at 09:55AM

    I’ve never tried it but it sounds delicious!

  2. November 27 at 02:30PM

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. November 27 at 03:02PM

    I love shepherds pie, but sometimes, restaurants just cant get it right. I’m going to have to try your recipe! Thank you. 🙂

  4. November 27 at 10:03PM

    Looks amazing, and I love the cauliflower sub for potatoes–such a versatile veggie. Thanks!
    ~Jennifer
    http://www.mommylifeafterphd.blogspot.com

  5. December 4 at 01:14PM

    One of our all time favorite dishes! We raise our own beef and eat a lot of Shepard’s pie. lol! Good thing we all love it so much. Pinned your recipe to try the next time I make it, which is probably soon. ;O)

  6. December 13 at 04:54PM

    I used to think the same thing about Shepherd’s pie until I tried some, and now I can’t get enough of it. This healthier version is even better. I can’t wait to try it– thanks for sharing!

  7. Anonymous
    November 14 at 03:38PM

    I can’t find the progresso recipe starter. Will cream of mushroom be a good substitute?

    • jax
      February 13 at 08:49PM

      I always have used cream of mushroom soup in mine for years!

  8. Amie
    August 16 at 03:30PM

    Can you use the water from the corn, instead of the water/broth? I always use no salt added canned vegetables.

  9. polly
    April 1 at 08:46AM

    I’ve made Shephard’s pie before but never with the vegetarian crumbles before, thanks!I think I’m going to use potatoes and cawliflower, to get some extra veggies into our diet, but hoping the kids think its just potatoes. Have you ever combined them, or do you use either potatoes or cawliflower?

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