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Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie
with yogurt mashed potatoes

Active: 15 min Total: 35 min
We're celebrating the luck of the Irish today with a deconstructed shepherd's pie, which makes it more doable for a weeknight dinner. Enjoy this tasty ground beef or lentils (for our veggies) saute with yogurt mashed potatoes or coconut milk mashed butternut squash (for our paleo folks). We hope it's a lucky day for you!


Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie:
  • Ground beef - 1 lb
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic - 3 cloves , minced
  • Onion - 1 , diced
  • Parsley - 1/4 bunch , chopped
  • Russet potatoes - 2 , peeled and cubed
  • Crushed tomatoes - 1 cup
  • Corn starch - 1 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce - 2 tsp
  • Frozen peas and carrots - 2 cups ((~10 oz.))
  • Greek yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp


  1. Season beef - Season ground meat with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Garlic / Onion / Parsley - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Potatoes - Peel and cube.
  4. Tomatoes - Mix crushed tomatoes with corn starch.

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  1. Place potatoes into a saucepan and cover with cold water and some salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes until potatoes can be easily pierced by a knife. Drain and let sit in colander for ~5 minutes to let the steam escape (this creates creamier potatoes vs. liquidy potatoes).
  2. While potatoes are cooking, heat a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then minced garlic. Once you can smell the garlic, add in onions with some salt. Saute for ~3 minutes, until softened.
  3. Toss in ground beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until beef starts to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add in crushed tomatoes and worcestershire sauce, and saute until a thick sauce has formed around the beef.
  4. Stir in frozen vegetables and cook until everything is warmed through. Season to taste with more salt, pepper, or worcestershire sauce. If you like things sweeter, consider adding a bit of ketchup (not listed in ingredients).
  5. Use a masher to mash steamed potatoes with Greek yogurt and butter. Add more yogurt and butter if the mashed potatoes are still too dry. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Spoon out mashed potatoes and cover with shepherd’s pie filling and sprinkle with parsley. If you wanted to make this as a bake (more traditional shepherd’s pie), place filling into a 9x9 baker and then cover with mashed potatoes. Bake at 375F (191C) degrees for 35 to 45 minutes until potatoes get some browning.



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