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February 6, 2014 by Leanne Vogel November 5, 2018
Shepherd’s pie (also known as cottage pie) layered with sauteed beef, bacon and veggies in a smoked sauce, topped with garlic mashed cauliflower and baked until crisp.
I’m not eating many potatoes these days…
Not because I don’t love them (because, wow, do I love potatoes) but because when I pop, the fun just don’t stop.
French fries, potato chips, mashed potatoes… I just go crazy when I’m around them! After I eat them, I get sleepy. And then I get hungry again and want more.
Viscous cycle. And in my experience? Viscous cycles in relation to food, isn’t a healthy thing.
So for now, there ‘aint no potatoes in the Healthful Pursuit household. Which, sounds a little difficult but replacing them (and making space for creativity) isn’t as challenging as it once seemed.
And when dinner looks like that ^, I don’t miss the potato one little bit.
The idea of using mashed cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes sounds absurd, doesn’t it? But, so did using cauliflower as the base for pudding… and that recipe? Is one of my most popular recipes ever.
We invited a couple of our close friends over for dinner a couple of weekends ago and I made them this casserole. Except I didn’t tell them that I used mashed cauliflower instead of the classic, mashed potato topping. They assumed that it was potato the whole time… even after their third helping of the stuff.
So you see? Whether you’re trying to avoid nightshades (potato is a nightshade), reduce your GI (potatoes have a high glycemic index rating) or your leaky gut healing protocol has you saying ex-nay to saponin, this recipe? Is so totally for you.
Or, maybe you’re like me and you’re just looking to broaden your eating style horizons and share new foods with your family.
I have no doubt that everyone (even your neighbors) will enjoy this one.
And seriously, bacon? Makes everything better.
Inspired by Elana’s Pantry
I bet you could use regular ‘ol bacon in this recipe but it would be pretty oily. Turkey bacon could work, too.
The no-salt seasoning that I use is from Costco. It’s organic, it’s amazing, I highly recommend it.
Smoothing and packing down the meat is the key to this recipe. So is mashing the cauliflower until very smooth (especially if you want to trick people in thinking it’s potato!)
I would love to hear from you –
What foods do you go crazy over – like my obsession with the potato?
What steps have you taken to heal your relationship with that specific food?
Sharing your strategies and experiences will help support the many women in our community. We all struggle with similar things and hearing the stories of others validates our struggles and helps us see a way out of them. Please, share!
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.