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Healthier Shepherds Pie (GF, DF)

The ULTIMATE comfort food!! Say hello to your new favorite recipe. Can be whipped up in 20 minutes, great for meal prep, and incredible as leftovers. This shepherd's pie is gluten-free, dairy-free, and contains all real whole food ingredients. I used sustainably raised grass-fed beef for the filling and did half sweet potatoes with half golden yellow potatoes for the perfect topping.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4 big servings



1 lb grass-fed organic beef

3 carrots, finely chopped

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

1 leek finely chopped

3 tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp tamari (soy sauce alternative)

3 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper


4 golden yellow potatoes, cubed

1 large sweet potato, cubed

3 tbsp grass-fed butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a deep dish pan. I used an 8x8 square but anything will do.

  2. The first step is to steam your potatoes in a steamer before making the filling as this will take about 10 minutes to soften.

  3. Heat 1 tbsp of avocado oil in a large pan. Saute leek, carrots, and celery until fragrant about 5 minutes.

  4. Add in your grass-fed beef and brown for 5 more minutes. Add in your mustard, tamari, and tomato paste. Add salt/pepper about 1 tsp each. Mix well until beef is cooked through. Transfer to deep dish.

  5. Once potatoes are softened, add all topping ingredients to a big bowl. You can use a hand mixer, fork, or blender to mash all ingredients together. Add salt/pepper to taste. Feel free to add a little milk (plant-based or milk of choice to create the perfect creamy consistency).

  6. Once potatoes are finished, place on top of filling and spread evenly on top.

  7. Place in oven for 20 minutes until the top is browned (I like to broil for a few minutes at the end to brown the top-about 3-5 minutes depending on your oven).

  8. Serve with a dash of parsley for garnish. I always like to eat a heavy meal like this with a side salad to aid in digestion and to give it a bit of freshness! Enjoy!


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