Tuesday, May 3, 2016

{Recipe}: Paleo Shepherd's Pie




Folks, the struggle is so real. If you're like me and you love food, it is a constant battle. With all of the Tastemade videos on Snapchat, the amazing food feeds on Instagram, the food selfies etc. I mean it's a GREAT time to be a foodie. But for those of us who don't have any self control when it comes to good yummy food, it's BAD especially if you have food allergies or sensitivities! Yesterday for the first time in a long time (since my Whole30's last year), I had NO stomach issues, no allergic reactions, and was able to sleep like a baby. It was pretty amazing! The difference was that I didn't go out with a friend to eat, and made an amazing mid-day meal.

Today I can honestly say that my pantry is allergen free; I don't typically buy any groceries with dairy, or gluten. It is very rare, because they do make me sick. What gets me is when I go out with friends, which I have been doing A LOT lately. I order something that looks good, but isn't good for me, and pretty soon after I am feeling the effects and am suffering for the rest of the day. But, like I said, yesterday was heavenly. And so since I was feeling pretty darn good and the meal I made for lunch was BOMB.com, I must share this recipe with you!!

I found this recipe via Elana's pantry, and it is amazing. Shepherd's pie, for those who don't know, is a meaty dish originating in Britain, typically using a mix of ground lamb (or beef ), carrots, celery and onions topped with mashed potatoes, and then baked in the oven. This version is just as delicious, however uses the newly infamous cauliflower mashed potatoes as a replacement.

I have simply copy/pasted her recipe below!

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 pound turkey or pork bacon, cut into ½-inch slices
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 pound organic grass fed ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large heads cauliflower, trimmed, chopped and steamed until very soft
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a very large frying pan
  2. Saute onion for 15 minutes until soft
  3. Add bacon pieces to pan and sauté until cooked, about 10 minutes
  4. Add carrots and celery to pan and sauté in bacon fat for 10 minutes until soft
  5. Add ground beef to pan and sauté until brown, just a few minutes
  6. Season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika
  7. Add chicken broth and cook down broth until 60% evaporated
  8. Place cauliflower in food processor and puree with olive oil until smooth
  9. Pour ground beef mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  10. Pour mashed cauliflower over beef mixture
  11. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes
  12. Serve



It was so good. I left out the celery because I don't really care for it, but I'm sure it will be amazing with as well!






Happy Eating,

Xoxo,

Nat 



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