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I’ve recently acquired a lot of grassfed beef; a half-cow to be exact! I now feel like a true Midwesterner with my freezer full of steaks and roast. However, with my new purchase, I’ve been forced to become more creative in the kitchen, especially when it comes to ground beef. As I was scanning my refrigerator for possible dinner ingredients the other night, I pulled out some leftovers of mashed sweet potatoes and garlic mashed cauliflower.
Hmm…what to do, what to do?
For a moment there, I was taken back to my childhood and a dish that my mom used to make called, “Shepherd’s Pie”. Do any of you know what I am talking about? Shepherd’s Pie, aka “Cottage Pie”, is a layered casserole that is quite popular all over the world. It is made up of a layer of meat, usually a layer of some sort of legume (beans or peas), and then topped off with a layer of mashed potatoes. To tell you the truth, I was never a huge fan of the stuff (SORRY MOM!)
However, in my pursuit for creativity in the kitchen, I took a not-so-great memory and recreated it into a delicious Paleo version of Shepherd’s Pie. I have appropriately named it Paleo Beefy Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash. This dish has ended up being one of my favorites to make with leftovers. There’s something about layering the ingredients (listed below) and then topping it off with bacon that takes the flavor to another level. Enjoy!
1 lb. ground beef
2 cups Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Check out my full recipe HERE)
2 cups Garlic Mashed Cauliflower (Check out my full recipe HERE)
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1/4 cup Green Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Bacon, chopped
**Set oven to 350 degrees**
1) Cook sweet potatoes following THIS recipe.
2) Cook cauliflower following THIS recipe.
3) In a skillet, cook ground beef until browned.
4) Add garlic powder, onion powder, and salt to meat. Set meat aside.
5) In a 8 x 8 baking dish, layer meat along bottom of dish.
6) Add layer of mashed sweet potatoes
7) Add layer of cauliflower mash
8) Top with green onions and chopped bacon.
9) Bake casserole for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until warmed through.
10) For an extra crispy top layer, set oven to broil. Broil on HIGH for 2-3 minutes until top layer turns golden brown.
Tennille Boseman is a self-proclaimed busy body and credits the Paleo diet for the energy she has to do it all. She loves eating real food, is a recovering Peanut Butter-aholic, and now has a real obsession with almond butter. When she’s not eating that by the spoonful, you’ll find Tennille in the kitchen experimenting with new Paleo recipes. Her cooking style is simple, realistic, and delicious. Tennille is the owner of Paleo Plate, a protein/energy treat company and is also the founder of the Jett Powered Foundation. She spends her spare time attempting to perfect her double unders and pull-ups at Fit Farm Crossfit and watching episodes of Breaking Bad with her husband. Her most favorite role, however, is being a mom to a very precious two-year-old boy. She has learned that life is fragile and that some of life’s greatest triumphs come from the biggest challenges. Tennille is Utah grown and raised, but is currently living in Omaha, Nebraska with her little family and overweight dog (we’re working on that one).
If you have any questions (or recipe suggestions!), contact Tennille at firstname.lastname@example.org