Skinny Cottage Pie

Top ‘O The Mornin’ to ya! In celebration to St. Patrick, I introduce to you to a skinny version of Irish Cottage Pie. What makes Irish Cottage Pie is the beef, the mixed vegetables, the light beef sauce, and the mashed potato. Not to be confused with Shepherds Pie, which has minced lamb in it. There are a lot of great cottage pie recipes floating all over the internet. My cottage pie recipe exceeds them all! A robust mixture of beef and vegetables blends superbly with the beef sauce. When you thought it couldn’t get any better, add the creamy mashed cauliflower over the beef mixture to complete your Skinny Irish Cottage Pie. A very practical and substantial meal.

Many of us will be celebrating this fun and festive day, yet we need to take a minute and think about how brave St. Patrick was. He was born in Britain and at 16 years of age, he was captured by Irish raiders who were attacking his family estate. Held captive for six years in Ireland and alone and afraid Patrick turned to Christianity for solace. He escaped Ireland and returned home only to spend the next 15 years studying to become a missionary to the same pagan Celts who held him prisoner. Naturally, I would want revenge! And that’s why I’m no Saint! Saint Patrick is a legend for bringing hope and peace to a struggling country.  
I end this post with an Irish blessing, “may the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand…”

Skinny Cottage Pie

Skinny Cottage Pie


    Top layer:
  • Large head of cauliflower, trimmed, chopped, and steamed until very soft
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or any milk will do)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • Bottom layer:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium size onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons organic ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Heat large skillet to medium-heat with olive oil
  3. Add carrots and celery and saute for a couple minutes, stirring until starting to get tender
  4. Add in the onions and garlic and saute for a minute
  5. Add the ground beef, thyme, rosemary, and black pepper
  6. Cook until browned then drain fat
  7. Add peas, beef broth, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce
  8. Cook until broth is absorbed about 75%
  9. Remove from heat and add the sauce mixture to a 9X13 baking dish
  10. Add steamed cauliflower to a food processor and mix in the coconut oil, milk, and 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  11. Spoon the mashed cauliflower over top of sauce mixture. Brush with egg and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
  12. Bake for 20 minutes then broil on HI until nice and browned on top


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