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St. Patrick's Day Menu:Paleo Shepherd's Pie (GF) | Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com
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St. Patrick's Day Menu: Paleo Shepherd's Pie (GF)

Servings: 4 -6
Cook Time: 1 hour 6 minutes


  • 3 medium-large sweet potatoes
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp salt, (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2- 3 cups shredded carrots, (depends on how much you want, I used 3 cups)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup shredded goat cheddar, (I used Ford Farm Billies English Goat Cheddar)


  • Fill a large pan with water and a pinch of salt.
  • Heat the water over high heat.
  • Lay the sweet potatoes on their sides and slice them into one inch long pieces. Cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces.
  • Put the sweet potato and cauliflower pieces into the water.
  • Once the water boils, reduce it to a simmer and let the vegetables cook for 14 minutes. Drain the vegetables when they are done and set aside-- this will likely be done while cooking the meat based on the timing of how everything is cooking.
  • While the water is boiling, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In another large pan over medium heat, heat 1 tbs of olive oil.
  • Mince the garlic cloves and onion in a food processor and put them into the pan with the olive oil.
  • Mix the minced garlic and onion into the olive oil and let them cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add the shredded carrots to the garlic and onion, mix well, and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground turkey to the pan and try to separate it into small pieces with a spatula.
  • Put the thyme, 1 tsp of salt, pepper to taste, tomato paste, rosemary, and paprika on top of the ground turkey and mix well.
  • Continue to mix the ground turkey with a spatula while it cooks, making sure that it breaks into small pieces. Let the turkey cook for 10 minutes ( or until it is no longer pink) and then evenly put it on the bottom of a 13x9 inch pan.
  • Then, place the sweet potatoes and cauliflower in a blender (I used a ninja) with the coconut milk, garlic powder, pepper to taste and 1 tsp of salt. This may need to be done in batches, if so- make sure everything is evenly mixed.
  • For me, I put all the sweet potatoes and cauliflower in at once and needed to push down the sides of the blender with a spatula periodically until it was all mixed.
  • Cover the turkey meat with the sweet potato and cauliflower mash, making sure to evenly spread it out on the pan.
  • Evenly sprinkle 1 cup of shredded goat cheddar (if you are using it) on top of the potatoes.
  • Cook for 35 minutes.
  • Then set the oven to Broil and cook for 2 1/2 minutes. Switch directions of the pan and cook for another 2. Check on it often to make sure it doesn't burn.
  • Enjoy :)