Not Your Momma’s Shepherd’s Pie

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Not Your Momma’s Shepherd’s Pie - a savory dish for the 17 Day Diet!

Who says you can’t have decadent Shepherd’s Pie while trying to lose weight on the 17 Day Diet? Well you can!

This is a dish I recently featured in my C1 Challenge as well as my Simply17 weekly meal plans and it was a huge hit.

Here’s a photo of community member, Val M., and her Shepherd’s Pie creation.

Yummy Shepherd's Pie made the healthy way!
Photo Courtesy of Val M.

So if you think you can’t eat “pie”, well think again! Remember our versatile friend, cauliflower? We use cauliflower as the “potato” topping for this delicious dish!

Now you can make this dinner for the entire family, even if you’re the only one losing weight. Yep, that means you’re making ONE dinner for the entire family!

Not Your Momma’s Shepherd’s Pie, a savory dish for the 17 Day Diet using cauliflower instead of potatoes!
Photo Courtesy of Pattie K.

Don’t tell them it’s cauliflower, and they’ll never know the difference! I promise!! ;)

Not Your Momma's Shepherd's Pie - use low carb cauliflower for your topping!

Not Your Momma's Shepherd's Pie

Not Your Momma’s Shepherd’s Pie

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Turning what is a normally carb-rich dinner into a light and healthy Shepherd's Pie using cauliflower, is a game changer!


For the Cauliflower Topping:

  • 2 medium head cauliflower or large package of florets
  • 2 tablespoon Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or roasted garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Pie Filling:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced frozen carrots, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen green beans, thawed
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.
  3. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done.
  4. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.
  5. In a bowl with an immersion blender, hand mixer, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the non-fat Greek yogurt, Parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper until almost smooth. Cover and set aside.
  6. In a large oven-safe skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add onion and sautee until soft.
  7. Next, add garlic and cook for one minute.
  8. Add turkey to skillet and break up into up into bite-size chunks, cooking until turkey is no longer pink.
  9. Next, add tomato sauce and chicken broth and allow mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until mixture reduces a bit.
  10. Add in carrots, green beans and thyme and stir until well combined. Cook for a few minutes until vegetables are warmed through.
  11. Once thickened a bit, adjust salt and pepper to your preference.
  12. Pour mashed cauliflower over turkey mixture and spread it over until the entire surface is covered. (If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, use a lightly oiled baking dish.)
  13. Place in oven for 30 minutes or until the edges of the cauliflower begin to brown.
  14. Let rest for 10 minutes prior to serving.


Approved for all cycles.

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4 thoughts on “Not Your Momma’s Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. I love this recipe! I’m just about to take it out of the oven. I’ve had a taste though and it is delicious! I needed, and so did my husband, something new for dinner. Thank you! I will be back to your blog!

    • Katie, I’d probably stick with florets. It might be easier to use them for purposes of keeping the extra liquid out so your topping isn’t too watery.


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