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SHEPHERD’S PIE

Oh man, you guys are gonna love this one! But first let me confess how I’ve been spelling Shepherd’s Pie as “Shepard’s Pie” for a while now and no one ever corrected me! As I got started typing up this food blog entry I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to double check the spelling. Glad I did! I’m kinda hoping I’m not alone in this LOL! Okay, so seriously I’m not exaggerating. You-guys-will-LOVE-this! This makes a big batch and depending on the size of your family, you could have the best tasting leftovers for DAYS.

This is truly a Shepherd’s Pie because I use ground lamb. Trust me, I tried ground beef the first time and it’s not the same as the best Shepherd’s Pie you’ve ever had wherever that may be. It must be lamb. Not half lamb, ALL ground lamb. If you’re hesitant to try lamb because you think it’s funky, let me reassure you that if you’re going to try ground lamb for the first time or give it another chance, this is the absolute way to go. I’m not just saying that, promise. Now that has been established, if you insist using ground beef or any other red meat by all means go for it… I do believe that changes it to a Cottage Pie though. This is important to know in case you do some traveling.

If you’re looking to make this meal low-carb, you just simply replace the mashed potatoes with your favorite cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe. There are tons of different recipes out there you can choose from but personally, I would just make my cauliflower mash the same way I would as my usual Red Skin Mashed Potatoes recipe. Just keep your eye on the amount of liquid when making them to get the right texture you want your cauliflower mash to be. As for using real potatoes, I keep the skin for extra fiber, vitamins, minerals, and all that jazz but feel free to peel them. Keeping the skin saves on time too!

You’ll see that I use quite a bit of Worcestershire sauce than your typical recipe. I have reasons! Any time I’ve used a few dashes or a few teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce to a recipe, I can’t taste it! It does nothing! Hardly at least. I want a big punch of flavor because that’s what comfort food is about. So just a heads up, start off not using salt at all. Maybe use half the amount of Worcestershire sauce to start, do a taste test. You can add more towards the end and also add salt to taste. It’s the only way you’re gonna master what you believe is the best Shepherd’s Pie!

One last thing, you can make this a day ahead. Just put the meat at the bottom of the baking pan, top with the mashed potatoes. When you’re ready to bake it, just pull it out of the fridge, top it with the cheese and bake. Some times I’ve made the meat filling ahead so that all I need to do was make the mashed potatoes or vice versa. It works in all ways.

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SHEPHERD'S PIE
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servings
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MEAT FILLING
MASHED POTATOES
Servings
servings
Ingredients
MEAT FILLING
MASHED POTATOES
Instructions
MEAT FILLING
  1. Saute the carrots and onion with the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Once the onions start to become softened after a few minutes, add the garlic. If the pan is starting to get dry, add a little more olive oil.
  2. Add the ground lamb, rosemary, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Using a wooden spoon break up the ground lamb into small pieces letting it brown through.
  3. Once the lamb is nearly cooked through add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, flour, and half of the vegetable stock. Stir every thing really well. Let the stock cook down most of the way and add the rest. Stir frequently, reduce the heat and let everything simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the peas and salt to taste if needed. Turn off heat and set aside.
MASHED POTATOES
  1. Place the cubed potatoes in a large pot, fill with water until it's about an inch above the potatoes. Bring to a boil and stir every so often.
  2. Strain the potatoes once they're softened. Turn off the heat. Place the pot back on the stove and add the butter. Pour the strained potatoes on top of the butter, add the pepper, milk, and half of the vegetable stock. Mash the potatoes to your desired consistency.
  3. Add more milk and/or stock as needed to avoid the potatoes from drying. Stir. Add more salt and pepper to taste as well.
ASSEMBLE
  1. Place the meat filling evenly in a 9" x 11" (or 9" x 13") baking dish.
  2. Then, top it with an even layer of the mashed potatoes.
  3. Top the mashed potatoes with an even layer of the shredded sharp white cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake at 400 F degrees for about 15 minutes or until everything is bubbling and the top is golden.

LOW CARB CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

These cookies are made with almond flour (blanched, but almond meal works too), and you’ll find that almond flour bakes a little bit darker than your usual all-purpose flour. So, don’t let the dark edges that appear almost burnt turn you away. These are crunchy, crumbly on the outside with a nice caramel flavor with a soft center. And I kid you not they taste even better frozen. Which is the weirdest thing I have ever heard of but it’s no joke. The best part about that is you can make a huge batch of these, keep in the freezer for longer shelf life, eat frozen or let them thaw. And, if you want them to taste like they’re fresh out of the oven you can stick a few in the microwave for 5-10 seconds depending on your microwave.

I’ve been on a mission the last few months to find healthier alternatives to pretty much anything edible without so much sugar and refined carbohydrates. Had I not gone on that mission I would’ve never discovered how amazing going keto with a chocolate chip cookie recipe would be. It’s so amazing that quite frankly, I don’t care to have another regular chocolate chip cookie ever again. For the brown sugar substitute, there are tons of brands with different ingredient options out there that you can choose from. But personally I like the ones that use stevia.

The carb count is ridiculously low at about 40 grams of carbs for the entire batch of approx. 3 dozen cookies should you use chocolate chips sweetened with stevia like Lilly’s Chocolate Chips. Which means just a few carbs per cookie max. Just keep in mind though, while these are much healthier to eat, they still are high calorie so that doesn’t mean you can eat a ton of them and not gain some weight! Lastly, when using a cookie dough scooper to portion out the cookies I like to use a spoon wrapped in plastic wrap to squash them a little for a proper cookie shape. Although, you don’t have to! If you don’t, you’ll want to bake them an extra minute or two so the center gets cooked through.

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LOW CARB CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
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dozen
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dozen
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix the almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, coconut oil, and brown sugar substitute together in a standing mixer. Then, add the vanilla extract and eggs.
  3. Once everything is mixed well, add the flour in two parts.
  4. Toss in the chocolate chips and use a large spoon to mix them into the dough.
  5. Use a tablespoon cookie dough scooper to evenly portion out the cookies onto a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 375 F degrees for about 11-13 minutes. Let cool before transferring to a plate.