Fitness Lovers’ Shepard’s Pie


This high protein vegetarian meal is sure to make you smile and keep your waistline trim.  Eating less meat saves you money and also reduces your impact on the planet – it takes a serious amount of food, land, and water to raise a cow.

Many vegetarian meals indiscriminately use carbs and fats, a combination that can leave you with extra inches around your waistline.  In this recipe, I substituted ground beef with veggie ground round and black beans, and potatoes with mashed cauliflower.  I also threw in some chopped kale for good measure.  The results?  Delicious!  This is totally my new favorite recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 2 cups cooked black beans (~1 can if you don’t rehydrate your own)
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 pkg Veggie Ground Round (you can also use TVP if you prefer)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp olive or coconut oil

Method:

  1. Wash and chop cauliflower.  Place in a pot with boiling water and cook until it is very soft (~20-30min)
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan on medium heat.  Add oil, onions, garlic, celery.  Saute 2-3 min.
  3. Add chopped kale and mushrooms. Cook another 2-3 min.
  4. Add beans and veggie ground round (break it up with a spatula).  Heat through and remove from heat. Set aside.
  5. Drain cauliflower.  Mash with a fork or masher until smooth.  Add cottage cheese and stir through.  (For a smoother texture, you can also blend these together with a hand blender; also, to save doing more dishes, I complete this step in the pot).
  6. Lightly oil a 9 x 9 pan (I used a spring-form pan because our 9 x 9 pan was full of protein bars setting in the fridge).
  7. Pour frying pan mixture into the pan.  Spread evenly.
  8. Pour cauliflower mixture on top. Spread evenly.
  9. Now bake at 350 degrees F for 30 min.
  10. Turn oven to broil and bake 2-3 min longer, keeping a watchful eye.  This will crisp up the top and turn it a golden brown colour (that’s when you know it’s ready!)
  11. Let cool 5-10min.  Cut and serve warm.

Hope you enjoy!

~Live Inspired~!

Emily

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