Shepherd’s pie is a classic comfort dish that is rarely thought of as a health food, and even less as a vegetarian dish, but this recipe changes that. This healthy pie recipe is entirely vegetarian, and to top it off, is made with creamy mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes for a lower carb option that is perfect when you’re looking for something filling and satisfying. If you think you’ll miss the meat and potatoes, this is one of those veggie pies that will surprise you. You can adjust the vegetables to your liking, and you can bake this in either a casserole dish or individual ramekins for a party if you’d like. Either way, it’s impressive, healthy, and delicious!
Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 274 | Total Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 5 mg | Sodium: 89mg | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Dietary Fiber: 7g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 48 g | Smart Points: 5
- 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
- 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon pure butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 (12 ounce package) veggie soy crumbles (such as those from MorningStar Farms or Boca)
- 1/3 cup ketchup (recipe for Homemade Ketchup)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup vegetable broth, low-sodium
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lay the cauliflower on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Roast for 15-20 minutes until cauliflower is tender, but not mushy.
Transfer cauliflower to the bowl of a food processor and add the yogurt and butter. Season with salt and pepper, and process until smooth and creamy.
Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil. Add the veggie crumbles and cook until browned. Add the onion, carrots, and peas and stir until well combined. Combine the veggie broth with the cornstarch and stir until dissolved. Add this and the ketchup to the veggie mixture and stir.
Spread the vegetable mixture in a 8x8 casserole dish or divide into individual ramekins. Top with the pureed cauliflower and spread it on top.
Bake for 10 minutes until heated throughout. To brown the top, turn the broiler on high and broil until the top is browned to your liking. Alternatively, if you have a kitchen torch, you can use that to brown the top. Serve hot.
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