Enlightened Shepards Pie

6 Aug

Serves 6 – 8

St. Patrick’s Day is the day everyone claims Irish heritage.  A day of pub crawls filled with Guinness and Jameson and, well, more Guinness and Jameson.  But with all those empty calories, you need to reach for Enlightened Shepard’s Pie, a lightened-up twist on the savory comfort dish.  Just enough to keep you going for another round.  Now that’s an Irish blessing!


Ground Beef                              

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

½ C. diced parsnips

1 C. diced carrots

1 C. diced celery

1 C. diced onion

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 Tbsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. dried oregano

½ C. stout beer

1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz.)

salt & pepper

Mashed Yams

2 lb. yams

¼ C. milk

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 350.

Cook beef in a large pan on medium heat until browned.  Use a wooden spoon or potato masher to break beef into small chunks.  Drain fat.  Add parsnips, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, paprika and oregano and simmer for 10 minutes.  Pour stout over beef mixture and simmer another 2 minutes.  Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Using a fork, poke holes in yams.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Let cool.  Once cool, cut into the yams and scoop insides into a bowl.  Using a hand mixer, add milk, balsamic and season with salt and pepper.

Butter a casserole dish.  Place beef mixture at bottom of dish, layer with mashed yams.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Just you and your honey for a romantic evening?  Quarter the recipe.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  Root veggies help us absorb and distribute nutrients throughout out bodies.  They’re great for regulating blood sugar and curb hunger, thanks to their high water and fiber content. 

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One Response to “Enlightened Shepards Pie”


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