Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

This time of year, I find I crave warm and heartier food. This recipe is quick to make and satisfies this craving – seriously! Don’t let the use of cauliflower instead of potatoes throw you off, you may surprise yourself and trick your taste buds 😉 ( I almost had my husband fooled!)

This is my adaptation of classic Shepherd’s Pie 🙂


1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets

1 pound of ground turkey

1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp of tomato paste or ketchup

2 medium carrots, finely chopped

1 medium Zuccinini

2 tbls of fat (coconut oil, butter, ghee, etc.)

sea salt and pepper to taste

2tsp of thyme

2tsp of Italian seasoning

2tsp oregano

2tsp rosemary

a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper

¼ cup Parmesan (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  1. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add Cauliflower and cook for 8- 10 minutes until tender. Drain
  1. Mash cauliflower, mix in the 1 tbsp of the fat that you have chosen (I chose coconut oil), salt and pepper to taste and ¼ cup of parmesan ( if you are adding cheese)
  1. In a large skillet sauté chopped onion in olive oil over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and cook until just before it browns. Add ground turkey and spices and cook until it browns. Add carrots, zucchini and tomato paste. Continue to cook until well browned and carrots start to soften .
  2. With the remaining tablespoon of chosen fat, grease your casserole dish. Spread the ground turkey/veggie mixture on the bottom of your casserole dish, topping with the mashed cauliflower and smooth with a spoon.
  1. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until top starts to brown

TIP: to make this dish paleo and/or dairy-free omit the parmesan and tomato paste.


Feel free to throw in any veggies you like! I used carrots and zucchini, but use whatever you like. I like to add my seasoning by feeling and taste, so feel free to do the same.


Turkey and veggie mixture on the bottom.


This is a wonderful fall/winter meal! Enjoy it, and feel free to add your own twist to this dinner time classic 🙂


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