Shepherds/Cottage Pie – the lower carb way with a cauliflower topping

Did you know: –

There is a difference between “cottage pie” and “shepherd’s pie”, and it’s in the meat. Shepherd’s pie should only be named as such if it contains lamb, and “cottage” usually applies to one made with beef.’ Of course, there is also ‘Shepherdless Pie’ a popular vegetarian option!

Well, now there is a lower carb alternative to this popular dish. Have a look at Pascale Naessens’ take on this dish, where cauliflower replaces the traditional mashed potato topping. A convenient and comforting all-in-one dinner, which can be enjoyed by all the family … or just the two of you! It’s perfect for cooking in advance and freezes well, so you could make individual pies if you’d prefer!


Serves Four
1 lb (450g) cauliflower
3 (12 oz/325g) yellow onions
3 (6½ oz/180g) carrots
3 garlic cloves
1½ lbs (650g) ground beef, lamb or turkey
¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste
9 oz. (260g) cherry tomatoes


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. Further instructions can be seen here 

Cauliflower is an extremely healthy vegetable. It is very low in calories yet high in vitamins, and can provide some powerful health benefits, and is a great source of nutrients. In fact, cauliflower contains some of almost every vitamin and mineral that you need, including a few that many people need more of. Additionally, cauliflower contains unique antioxidants that may reduce inflammation and protect against several diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. What’s more, cauliflower is easy to add to your diet. It’s tasty, easy to prepare and can replace high-carb foods in several recipes.

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Cauliflower Low Carb Mash, flavour it your way – read it here

There are many good recipes around the internet (to suit all tastes), which can so often be ‘tweaked’ a little to better suit you, and your families’ tastes. This blog brings a variety of recipe ideas/suggestions, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

~ Autumn Mantel~

(image from google)

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All the best Jan

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