Happy Sunday/ AKA St. Patty’s Day Weekend / AKA Day Before 1st Day of Spring!

I grew up in Savannah, GA, where St. Patty’s Day is a big freakin’ deal, ok? Although I haven’t been back to Savannah on the 17th to celebrate since college, it’s a good time. Well, this year I kinda forgot about it, so all I could come up with was a picked over cropped tank from TJ Maxx, some shamrock tattoos, and lots of gold. I was in the gym most of the day, and we had a huge Friday Night Lights that night for 17.4. But we did get tacos when it was over, around 10:30. Mexican tacos scream Happy St. Patty’s Day, I’m tellin’ ya. Well, today Daniel and I made up for it by making a shepherd’s pie – complete with mashed cauli (because you all know how much I love it). Shepherd’s pie is Irish, right?!? But more on that later. 

Last night I had some Ben & Jerry’s, and when I say “some” I mean almost a whole pint. It all started with me wanting ice cream. I used to eat ice cream once a week, but sometimes these days, I forget about it. We don’t keep it in the house because it would be gone that day, so usually if we want ice cream, we just go get a small enough amount that will be gone in that night. It’s a treat. Well, last night we went to publix to get some Halo Top. However, we were astonished and taken back when we saw that the Ben & Jerry’s was BOGO. This threw a wrench in our plans. Well, Halo Top was $5.99 and Ben & Jerry’s was BOGO. So, we figured that the best financial decision for our family was to get the BOGO Ben & Jerry’s, instead of the not so bad for you Halo Top. Well, 20 minutes after eating said Ben & Jerry’s, I remembered why I can’t eat it. It literally puts me out – like makes me  feel drugged and fall right to sleep. So, with that, I slept for 11 hours last night, despite waking up for 10 min to answer a group message on my phone. 

There was no point in me telling you that story except for a good laugh and also so you can see a real life example of the power food can have on your body and the way it makes you feel. 

But moving back to food that makes you feel not so bad – like this shepherd’s pie. Check it out, and enjoy it!

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

 

Makes 4 hearty servings

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes (including broil time)

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large “ish” head of cauliflower – cut into florets. 

  • grass fed butter – 1.5 tbsp (we use Kerrygold because it’s not that expensive, and it’s Irish, and this is a St. Patty’s day recipe, so that should be a given). 

  • salt and pepper – about 1 tsp of each. 

  • ground mustard – 2 tsp. 

  • green onions – chopped into chives- about 1/4 cup

  • coconut oil (or another oil for pan) – 1 tbsp. 

  • 1/2 yellow onion – diced. 

  • ground beef (preferably leaner cut) – 1 lb. 

  • chicken broth – 1/2 cup. 

  • tomato paste – 1/3 cup. 

  • ground fennel – 1 tsp. 

  • pepper – 1 tsp. 

  • garlic salt – 1 tsp. 

  • more green onions – for topping

  • parsley – for topping

  • goat cheese (not paleo, but makes this taste even better) – for topping

Instructions: 

  • Boil cauli florets in large pot, on high for 20 minutes. 

  • When soft, drain, and add back to pot. Turn heat to low. Add butter, salt, pepper, ground mustard, and green onion chives. Mix well. Use a hand blender or mash with large fork or spoon.  

  • On a medium pan, on low – medium heat, add oil and onion. Allow to cook for 5 minutes before adding beef. Cook until brown. Add chicken broth, tomato paste, fennel, pepper, and salt. Mix well until liquid evaporates. This may take up to 10 min. 

  • Put meat mixture in a small casserole dish. Make sure dish is small enough for meat to cover entire surface. Add cauli mixture to top. Spread evenly. 

  • Broil in oven for 7-10 minutes, until top gets hard, or even turns a little golden brown. Top with green onion chives, parsley, and goat cheese (optional). 

Notes: 

  • Feel free to add other veggies, like spinach, celery, carrots, or peppers. 

  • The cheese is not needed, but if you love goat cheese like we do, then do it. 

  • You can always go with ground turkey or ground chicken over the ground beef, but beef = more flavor.