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.

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?

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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.

Assemble your ingredients: Butter, onion, vegetarian protein crumbles, mushrooms, carrots, vegetable broth, corn, Progresso Recipe Starters, mushroom flavoring, fresh parsley, dried thyme, salt, pepper, flour, sharp cheddar cheese and roasted garlic mashed cauliflower.

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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 

Melt butter and saute onions.

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

Stir vegetarian crumbles and mushrooms together in pan.

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

Add carrots to vegetarian crumbles mixture in pan.

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

Add corn, Recipe Starter and spices to pan.

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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.

Sprinkle cheese over shepherd's pie in casserole dish.

Step 5:  Sprinkle with cheese (optional).

Spoon mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower over top of mixture.

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.

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Skinny Shepherd's Pie

The ultimate comfort food with none of the guilt!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Skinny Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Melt butter; chop onion. Saute onion until soft, 5-8 minutes.
  2. Add vegetarian crumbles & stir well, then add mushrooms and saute 4-5 minutes more, cutting mushrooms into small pieces with spatula.
  3. Add carrots & vegetable broth. Stir well; cook 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Add corn, Recipe Starter, and spices. Stir well. Add flour. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer vegetable mixture to greased 2 1/2 quart casserole dish.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese (optional).
  7. 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.

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