I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and remembered to honor the Saint who we celebrate! I didn’t have much time to do anything super special, but we woke up to Celtic music, had Irish Soda Bread, enjoyed shepherd’s pie (below) for lunch, and then Kevin was able to go the Cathedral for midday Mass and get our annual St. Patrick’s Day shamrock! I also listened to the Celtic Pandora station all day at work…so that was a little treat.
If you’re wondering why I was so determined to make Shepherd’s Pie while completing a Whole 30, please read here (where there is also a recipe for compliant Irish Soda Bread).
Bottom line: Shepherd’s Pie is delicious and comforting and, when using the right ingredients, moderately healthy and nutrient dense. So all the Irish and Irish-wannabes enjoy!
Grain-Free & Dairy-Free Irish Shepherd’s Pie
- 1 lb. pastured, organic ground beef
- 4 organic carrots (chopped 1/4 inch thin)
- 2 organic celery stalks (chopped 1/4 inch thin)
- 1 medium onion (diced)
- 3/4 C organic beef broth
- 3 Tbsp. organic tomato paste
- 4 tsp. arrowroot powder (or just thicken to your liking)
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cauliflower head
- 1/4 C coconut milk (full fat)
- 1 Tbsp. Ghee
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (F). For the filling, cook the ground beef in a large pan (very technical terms). Once the meat is cooked through and you’ve added your seasoning, add the chopped carrots, celery, and onions and sauté. Alternate adding the tomato paste, beef broth, and arrowroot powder until you get a nice and thick consistency. Put off to the side. Boil water and throw in the roughly chopped cauliflower (I did this part the night before so I didn’t have to worry about the topping). Once it is soft enough to mash, drain the cauliflower and mash it, mixing in the remaining ingredients. Pour the filling into a lovely 8X8ish dish, and then spread the cauliflower mixture on top. Bake for about 15 minutes and then if you’re feeling daring you can broil it for another 5 minutes to get a nice browned top.
This amount filled me and Kevin for three full meals (with a little side of cabbage and arugula). Super delicious and loaded with flavor, so I don’t feel like I’m missing the dairy that I love so much. So enjoy! And keep it on hand for a festive occasion!