Lighter Shepherd’s Pie

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Over holiday vacation, we had house guests staying with us for FIVE fun nights!

The coolest part has been watching their kids grow up, and I’m sure to them, it’s cool watching my little ones grow up. These are extremely dear friends and it wouldn’t be the holidays without them. Their older child, Tia, is a chef. Her food is like magic. We spent five days watching her cook and learning new cooking tips. She made some of the best mashed potatoes I’d EVER had, and they had a secret. They were mostly cauliflower! Can you believe that? Another fun secret with cooking is learning about corn oil, and that’s where Mazola® Corn Oil comes in. A clinical study showed that Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil! To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com.

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Now that our friends are back in Chicago, I’ve been experimenting with new recipes since they left. I think I gained some cooking confidence I never had before! It’s all about experience and knowledge. I LOVE Shepherd’s Pie, probably as much as you can love it, but I wanted to make a lighter version. And that’s where the fun came in! I still used ground beef, but I bought the leanest kind I could find. And instead of whole milk, I used reduced fat milk. Instead of mashed potatoes, I make a cauliflower mash that can still use some potatoes, but doesn’t need them. I add a mix of fresh and frozen vegetables, and I use Mazola® Corn Oil twice! In place of butter in the mash, and in place of olive oil for cooking the pie vegetables.

Lighter Shepherd's Pie

Lighter Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients

  1. 2 Tbsp Mazola® Corn Oil (for vegetables)
  2. 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  3. 2 celery stalks, chopped
  4. 3 carrots, diced
  5. 1 cup frozen peas
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 lbs lean ground beef
  8. 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  9. 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1 tsp pepper
  12. 1.5 lbs potatoes
  13. 2/3 cup reduced fat milk
  14. 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  15. 2 Tbsp Mazola® Corn Oil for potato/cauliflower mash

Instructions

  • 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • 2. In a large skillet, brown the meat over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes
  • 3. Transfer to a plate and set aside
  • 4. Heat Mazola® Corn Oil over medium and add carrots and celery, as well as onions (optional - we skipped them)
  • 5. When the vegetables are soft and the liquid has evaporated, add back the meat to the skillet
  • 6. Then add the flour and stir the mixture for two minutes
  • 7. Stir in the broth, the salt, the pepper, and the peas
  • 8. Pour the mixture into a casserole or oven dish
  • 9. Meanwhile add the potatoes to a steaming basket and steam for 10 minutes
  • 10. Add the cauliflower and cook until they're both tender - about 15 minutes
  • 11. Add to a food processor or mash until smooth
  • 12. Heat the milk, Mazola® Corn Oil, and salt/pepper and stir into the cauliflower mash
  • 13. Spread the mash mixture on top of the vegetable/meat mixture and bake for about 25 minutes
  • 14. It should be sizzling out of the oven. Enjoy!
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I’m very much a Shepherd’s Pie fan, but sometimes it’s too heavy for me. I love this alternative because it tastes GREAT and is a lighter option. That way I can see making it year round. Mazola® Corn Oil is made of 100% pure oil with no additives. I love that corn oil has a neutral taste that won’t negatively impact the taste of ingredients. Also, Mazola cooking oils are cholesterol free and have become a healthful tradition in America.

Another benefit is that Mazola® Corn Oil has a smoke point higher than most cooking oils at 450 degrees, so it performs well in a variety of cooking applications, like stir-frying, sautéing, grilling and baking. Cassidy always tells me the importance of this.

I hope you’ll find this recipe to be as much of a delight as I do. I LOVED having a professional chef in my house for five days. I feel like I learned so much about oil and temperature and flavor. I even learned how to properly use our food processor when making my mash! I love that the vegetables are interchangeable, depending on your tastes, and that you can swap out some of the richer ingredients for ones more pleasing for your palate and lifestyle. Ultimately, my whole family ate this.

I can’t wait for the next cooking adventure!

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We walked together some, and walked alone some. I think that’s when I realized what I was doing was helping.

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