Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lightened-Up Shepherd's Pie

With St. Patty's Day right around the corner, I thought I'd share my recipe for Lightened-Up Shepherd's Pie. It's a perfect way to celebrate the holiday while still keeping things pretty healthy. And although this one is lighter on calories and fat, it's definitely not light on flavor. The rosemary and thyme add a nice savory flavor to the meat and veggies and the mashed potatoes on top are a nice creamy complement! 

Lightened-Up Shepherd's Pie
Serves 8

1 1/2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup chicken broth, unsalted
1/2 cup milk (I used 2 percent)
2 Tbsp plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp butter
Salt & Pepper to taste

1 lb ground beef (I used 93 percent lean)
1 small onion, small diced
2 carrots, small diced
2 stalks celery, small diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 zucchini, small diced
16 oz frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, green beans)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup beef broth, unsalted
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the potatoes to a large pot and fill with water until potatoes are covered. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are cooked through and can be easily pierced with a fork. Drain water from the pot, then mash potatoes. Stir in chicken broth, milk, Greek yogurt and butter and mix until your potatoes are a smooth, creamy consistency. Salt & pepper to taste.

In another large pot, brown ground beef with the onions, celery, carrots and garlic over medium heat. When the beef is cooked through and no longer pink, drain off excess fat then add the zucchini and mixed vegetables and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Next, add the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary and thyme. Allow flavors to combine for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the flour, followed by the beef broth. Cook for another 3-5 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken. Salt & pepper to taste.

Pour beef mixture into a 9x13 pan and top with the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika, then cover with aluminum foil. Bake 30-35 minutes.

Tell me: Are you doing anything to celebrate St. Patty's Day?

- ST


  1. I've never had this but it looks good. It's like comfort food!

    1. It's total comfort food - and super filling and satisfying :)

  2. Funny story, my sister and I were just talking about Shepherds Pie the other day, there is this place that is literally a 2 hour drive one way from my house that has the best shepherds pie and we were thinking of driving up there tomorrow just to have it, LOL Maybe we should just cook our own instead, this actually looks fabulous!

    1. I love the idea of a road trip for a favorite food :) Have fun if you go!