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Mashed Cauliflower Paleo Shepherd's Pie

This paleo casserole is a healthier alternative to traditional shepherd's pie.

Mashed Cauliflower Paleo Shepherds Pie
Mashed Cauliflower Paleo Shepherds Pie
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This Mashed Cauliflower Paleo Shepherd's Pie recipe is a great alternative to other shepherd's pies. It has a unique topping of mashed cauliflower in place of the traditional mashed potatoes. This is a healthier option that still has the texture that you expect out of shepherd's pies.

The filling is a delicious blend of seasoned ground turkey, tomatoes and onions. This is one of the paleo recipes that definitely lives up to the taste of the original dish. For a comforting dinner recipe, try this new take on a classic meal!

Whether you want to commit to the paleo diet, or you just like the idea of eating healthier, this paleo casserole recipe is a great place to start! 

Yields8 servings

Preparation Time25 min

Cooking Time1 hr

Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch baking dish


  • 2 (16-ounce) bags frozen cauliflower florets
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (14-1/2-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 ounces tomato paste


  1. Prepare the mashed cauliflower topping. Cook the cauliflower according to package directions. Drain and pour into a food processor. Puree the cauliflower until smooth.

  2. In a small saucepan cook the garlic, coconut oil, coconut milk, salt and pepper for 1-2 minutes.

  3. Add the coconut mixture and 1 tablespoon of chives to the pureed cauliflower and pulse for 10-15 seconds. After tasting add more salt and pepper if needed. Set aside.

  4. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook until soft about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

  5. Add the tomatoes, garlic salt and cook for 2 more minutes.

  6. Add the ground turkey, paprika, cumin and tomato paste. Cook until the ground turkey is cooked and browned.

  7. Heat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  8. Pour the turkey mixture into the baking dish. Spread the mashed cauliflower mixture over the turkey mixture. Sprinkle with remaining chives.

  9. Bake at 350 degrees F until top is golden brown.

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I've never had Shepherd's Pie before but when I'd forgotten my lunch and this casserole showed up, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. It was actually pretty tasty. Makes me want to try the version with potatoes (as a self-proclaimed potato lover).

I didn't think I would like this casserole, and I almost decided against trying it. Am I glad I gave it a try! It was really good.

I was surprised by how much I liked this casserole! It tastes a lot lighter than typical shepherd's pie but not in a bad way at all!

Oh my gosh. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this casserole. So tasty... so flavorful!

This was delicious! I'm not normally a fan of Shepherd's Pie, but this version is both tasty and healthy )

I really enjoyed the filling of this casserole, but I wasn't crazy about the mashed cauliflower topping. I think it might be more of an acquired taste.

I love Shepherd's Pie, and I wouldn't have thought to substitute mashed cauliflower for the mashed potatoes, but this was actually really good! Definitely something I'd try again.


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