As usual I modified what I’m sure was a delicious recipe in order to suit my particular tastes, available resources and food intolerances. The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking by Haley Mason & Bill Staley of http://www.primalpalate.com has a ton of great information, meal plans and shopping lists. If you are a person who likes to have plans, lists and tasty recipes, buy their cookbook.
I have three, 6’2″, 210+ lb males that frequently require feeding in my life. All eat paleo and in addition to that I am gluten, casein and nightshade intolerant. Why is this important? Because it means I have to find satiating, delicious, high volume meals that occasionally allow me to leave the kitchen. This Shepard’s Pie fits the bill. Although, next time I will be doubling the quantities to have leftovers.
As always, read all the directions before you start. This is a skill I’ve only gained in my 40’s. Whether it is recipes, knitting or sewing instructions. READ ALL THE DIRECTIONS BEFORE YOU START ANYTHING. Trust me, life will be easier.
Shepard’s Pie– Ingredients: ground beef, zucchini, yellow squash, onion carrots, cauliflower, marjoram, thyme, salt, pepper, granulated garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ghee (or other cooking fat)
2 lbs. grass fed ground beef (lamb or buffalo would work too)
2 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp. thyme
1 Tbls granulated garlic
1 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
–Mix above ingredients into meat (if this grosses you out wear clean, rubber kitchen gloves while mixing), pat into 9 x 13 pan, bake for 35-40 min at 350 degrees
1 ½ cups each coarsely chopped zucchini, yellow squash & carrots
1 cup chopped yellow onion (Medium sized onion?)
-Saute the veggies in 2 Tbls ghee or grass fed butter
-Put sautéed veggies on top of cooked meat
1 Large (or 2 small) heads of cauliflower
Boil a large head (or two small heads) of cauliflower in water (or bone broth if you have it) until tender (about 15 minutes). Drain, cool a bit and place cauliflower into a food processor. You need a food processor. It will change your life. Puree until creamy and season to taste. Meaning, put ghee, salt & pepper as needed. Spread this fake mashed potato creation on top of your meat & veggies and proceed to browning your cauliflower topping. About 15 minutes on a high broil setting. Watch it so it doesn’t fry to a crisp. Slightly brown is perfect.
This is an ugly picture, but it is a realistic expectation. It may not look fantastic, but it tastes great!