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Monday, July 15, 2013

Healthy Makeover Shepherd's Pie

We are living a healthier lifestyle and are reaping the benefits, but we are refusing to give up all the food we love. 
Shepherd's Pie is one of my sweet hubby's favorite dishes, and so with a few changes, this dish is lower in calories and fats and can be welcomed on our table. 
It has become such a fun challenge in finding and revamping our favorite dishes to leave in all those great flavors but to get rid of some extra calories, we have an entire list of our favorite dishes coming in the future! 
We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Healthy Makeover Shepherds Pie

  • 1 lb of red potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1/3 cup low fat milk
  • 2 Tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound of extra lean (97%) ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1. In a covered 2 quart saucepan place potatoes and add enough water to cover, heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to medium; uncover and simmer 18 minutes or until tender.
2. Drain well: return the potatoes to the saucepan, add milk, cream cheese and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mash until smooth.
3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
4. Heat large skillet on medium high heat, add beef and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper, cook about 5 minutes or until browned and cooked through, stirring and breaking up the meat.
5. With slotted spoon, transfer beef to a large bowl.
6. In the same skillet on medium high heat, add onions, celery and carrots, add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook for about 8 minutes until veggies are soft
7. Add wine to veggies, cook for about 2 minutes, stirring to incorporate brown bits from pan and until reduced by half.
8. Stir in thyme and beef, along with any juices
9. Add peas and corn and combine well.
10. In a 3 quart baking dish, add beef and veggie mixture and spread evenly.
11. Top with the mashed potatoes and spread to cover the beef and veggies.
12 Bake for 25 minutes until top is golden brown.
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  1. This looks delicious! I'm always looking for the healthy version of recipes:)

  2. Hi, my family loves shepard's pie and this looks so good.I saw it on tried and true recipes.
    Julie from

  3. looks delicious! pinning this one :)

  4. I totally need to make this when it gets cooler - too darn hot right now! Pinned :)

  5. Looks yummy ! Must try this, I only cook healthy meals.
    Thank you for the recipe :)

    Dana, Germany

  6. Thank you for making it healthy for us. My poor tummy can't take lots of heaviness(fat). This looks so easy and warm.

  7. I love Shepard's pie. While living in England, that and kidney pie were my favorite meals. Well so was fish and chips. lol! I often used ground turkey instead of ground beef. Yours looks yummy!
    Have a wonderful week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  8. I love Shepard's pie and it looks so yummy!! Following via Bloglovin, GFC, & Twitter from Grab A Friend Blog Hop!!

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  9. My boyfriend would love this! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Love shepherd's pie! If I can make it healthy then it's even better! I recently made them with mashed sweet potatoes -- I just boiled them in some chicken broth to help make them more savory. Yum! Thanks for the recipe, I'll be sure to try these.

    Rochelle @
    (found you on a few blog hops!)

  11. Great way of making this healthy. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  12. My husband loves shepherd's pie. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Yummy! What a good way to save a lot of fat and calories.

  14. I love all of these healthier versions you're sharing :) Thanks so much for linking up to this week's All My Bloggy Friends - shared this on Facebook {hugs}

  15. This sounds great! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  16. WOW....great minds think alike...I just made a similar recipe earlier this week! :)

  17. Yum-- we love shepherd's pie. I just found out however that my body doesn't like potatoes like I thought it did-- no more for me.

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop- I hope you will join us again next week!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  18. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. Definitely worth trying! I probably would substitute ground turkey for ground beef, but this is really tempting.

  20. One of my favorite dishes! Love the spin you put on it. Thanks for sharing at LOBS!

  21. Our family loves shepherd's pie! My husband is from the UK so it's a bit of home for him. Pinning it! And your retirement dream is ours too. We're a ways off but we'd love to tour the country in a big old RV and thank you for your years of law enforcement service. And for linking up at All Things Pretty!

  22. Mmmm, this reminds me of my mum's recipe! Delish!


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