Does anyone else have childhood flashbacks when they eat Low Carb Shepherds Pie? So much nostalgia going on over here with this modified version of traditional Shepards Pie. Once again, our culinary dietitians are busy creating and photographing low carb versions of traditional carb heavy foods.  We love carbs and also want to make sure that people who are need to follow a gluten-free or diabetes friendly diet have good alternatives to the traditional recipes that you have made in the past.  We also strive to make sure that the recipes are easy to cook because not everyone loves being in the kitchen as much as we do!

So what makes this Low Carb Shepherds Pie recipe different that traditional Shepherds Pie, well, the first thing that comes to mind is there is a ton of cauliflower in this recipes, 2 heads of cauliflower to be exact.  There is also ground turkey in this recipe which is a lower fat version of ground beef or ground lamb.  Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments section below.

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Low Carb Shepherds Pie

Does anyone else have childhood flashbacks when they eat Shepherds pie? So much nostalgia going on over here.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Keyword: Fall, Fiber, Lean protein, Winter
Condition: Cancer, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Nut Free, PCOS
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 heads cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 carrot peeled and diced
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb turkey ground
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cheese shredded


  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Place cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl with a lid. Add ¼ cup water, and microwave for 7-8 minutes, checking occasionally. The cauliflower must be very soft to mash into a smooth consistency.
  • Place cauliflower in bowl with milk and butter. With a potato masher, mash the cauliflower to desired consistency. For a smoother texture similar to mashed potatoes, add cauliflower to a blender and blend until smooth. Add salt to taste.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, carrot, and celery and cook until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add ground turkey and broth and continue to cook until turkey is cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • When turkey is fully cooked, place mixture into a casserole dish. Top with mashed cauliflower, then sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  • Place casserole in oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy!


Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 1606mg | Fiber: 9g

Please note:

Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.

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An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.