Good morning all you good lookin’ people!
I thought I’d start us off with a little Tasty Tuesday Treat. How’s that for alliteration?
So ever since I started The Whole30 (you can read more about my first week here) I have gotten LOTS of questions from family, friends and readers. Lots of things like “How are you doing this?” and “What do you actually eat?”
Well, here’s something we’ve had twice now in the last 12 days…
I have no photos of this whole thing in process, so let me just share this with you: I called this a Cottage Pie because my friend April, who is awesome at cooking and life in general, dropped some knowledge on me with this post. You can’t call a pie with meat on the bottom and potato on top a Shepherd’s Pie unless the meat is lamb!!! Duh! Sounds soooo obvious now, doesn’t it? Shepherd… sheep… lamb… yep! So when you use beef, it’s called a Cottage Pie. Which I kind of like in this case because… Alliteration with cauliflower. It just works! Ok here is the recipe!
- 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
- 1 large head of cauliflower
- 2 cups of mushrooms (chopped)
- 1 small onion (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 cups of kale (chopped, fresh or frozen)
- 1 tablespoon of clarified butter
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Trim and cut cauliflower into small florets. Steam until tender.
- While the cauliflower steams, add olive oil, onions and mushrooms to a frying pan and cook until onions are translucent. Set aside. Add ground beef to same frying pan and cook until browned/cooked through. Add kale, onions and mushrooms into the beef and mix well, season with salt and whatever else you'd like - I added some dried Italian seasoning to mine.
- Remove cauliflower from steamer once finished and grind in a food processor until it's the consistency of mashed potatoes. It doesn't take long in a food processor, but if you don't own one, you can use a potato masher by hand. Add in a tablespoon of clarified butter/ghee, a pinch of salt, and mix together.
- In a 9x9 dish, place the beef, onion and mushroom mixture then the cauliflower on top. Sprinkle with some more dried herbs (or fresh) if you wish.
- Place in oven for 15-20 minutes and you're done!
- The original recipe uses a lot of garlic in the mashed cauliflower, which actually sounds great! Also, you can substitute the kale for spinach and/or carrots if you need a change.
Though I didn’t add this to the notes above, this can absolutely be made with lamb, or pork, or perhaps even chicken or turkey meat. Why not, right? You can definitely change this recipe up a little but to satisfy your taste buds.
Oh, if you don’t know what clarified butter is, find out more here. Unless you’re on the Whole30 challenge or eating strictly Paleo, you don’t need to worry about this – just use regular butter!
And there you have it. If you’re trying to eat a little cleaner, this is a great way to do so while having a bit of comfort food. All you Paleo people or those of you considering The Whole30, trust me… this will make you feel like you have no restrictions in your diet, which is huuuuuge during a 30 day cleanse, amIright?
If you have suggestions or questions, please let me know. I promise to get back to you!
Have a lovely Tuesday, my friends!