Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

Healthy Shepherd's Pie recipeWhen winter comes around, there is nothing better than piles of warm comfort food and snuggling on the sofa. However, what usually comes with this is a few extra pounds. Most unwelcome. Which is why I like to try and find healthier options to my favourite comfort dishes. This healthy shepherd’s pie is one of my favourite ‘cleaned-up’ winter warmers.

Healthy Shepherd's Pie recipe


  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 500g minced lamb/beef (I used organic lean beef)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1tbsp dried thyme
  • 2tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 celeriac or cauliflower (I used cauliflower)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ground pepper
  • pinch of sea salt

Healthy Shepherd's Pie recipe


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C.
  2. Cut up the onion finely, grate the carrot and mince the garlic.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons of the coconut oil, add the veg for 5mins before stirring in the rosemary and thyme.
  4. Brown the meat and mix with the veg. (I just added it to the same pan to brown.)
  5. Add the tomato puree, the chicken stock, the peas and season. Simmer for 15mins.
  6. Peel, roughly chop and steam the celeriac (or simply roughly chop and steam the cauliflower dependent now which you use).
  7. Once cooked, mash the celeriac/cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and the beaten egg. Season.
  8. Pour the meat mixture into a baking dish before topping with the mash.
  9. Bake for 25mins until slightly golden. Serve with green vegetables.

Healthy Shepherd's Pie recipeI originally found this recipe on Madeleine Shaw’s website.