shepherd's pie was one of my favorites as a kid. this is a really good paleo version, and if you're working out, the sweet potato definitely is a good carb. sometimes i make two pans, and freeze the other. for my lazy days, days where i don't get much sleep, days where my kids are driving me up the wall, lunches for my husband, leftovers after a workout where i feel so happy that this was in the fridge :) anyway, its a good meal. nourishing, hearty, tasty, paleo comfort food. if your kids also don't like liver, this is a good way to incorporate into the meal.
ingredients (for one dish as pictured above)
2 lbs organic pastured ground beef
1/4 cup pastured liver, sliced - or ground dehydrated pastured liver ( i use this a lot over eggs for breakfast)
1 box of pomi italian strained tomatoes
1/2 lb of organic cremini mushroom, chopped
3 organic carrots, diced
1 organic onion, diced
2 organic zuchinnis, diced
2 organic red bell peppers, diced
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 tbspn of fresh or dried: rosemary, sage, and thyme
3-4 leaves of kale, broken up, for a middle layer of your dish + pesto
1 sweet potato, cooked, mashed
1 egg yolk
1 cup of coconut milk
sea salt and pepper to taste
* i use leftover (homemade) pesto spread over the kale leaves, but you can omit this. to make my pesto, i change it up often, but for this recipe it is a thai basil/ regular basil, garlic, lemon, sea salt/black pepper, olive oil combo.
ok, so how you make it.....
everything in the first layer for the meat sauce, i just chop and combine in a big pot - sautéing my onions, garlic and other veggies first. i don't waste time browning my meat then taking it out, then adding it in. i mean seriously. with two toddlers who the %&^% has time for that?! .... if your'e in a hurry you can cook this up quick, usually i let it simmer for several hours. i add the strained tomatoes last. remember to add an oil to sauté, i assume you know this. i use coconut oil, tallow or avocado oil. sometimes i use pastured butter if i'm not eating it and it's for the rest of my family. i also run out of ghee. i mean. how does that only last me a couple days. i swear i can eat tubs of ghee all day... sigh.
this goes in the bottom of your dish. second layer, just rinse your kale leaves, then you can get your kids to help layer it on there, if you have kids :) also this is where i top the kale leaves with some pesto. its a good additional layer of flavor. you can change it up if you want. or use a different veggie as the second layer.
top layer - usually i already have leftover oven roasted sweet potatoes. its something that is essential for my kids lunchbox, and smoothies. its really good for people who work out a lot, and also those that have auto immune disorders. the combination of sweet potato and coconut milk is obviously SO good, you have to eat it as a mash with any other meal if you don't do it with this. the egg yolk, combined in all this just makes for a very creamy (not that the coconut milk isn't helping) mash on the top.
remember to salt and pepper to taste. when i make this early, i let it sit in the fridge. everything is already cook, heating it up in the oven at 350 is good because it softens the kale and also heats everything up together. this is a very typical meal i make and leave for my husband if i am not going to be around. it's easy easy easy, and yummy yummy yummy. let me know what you think and if you can come up with other concoctions. i went to marrow last month with a friend, and had their vegan paleo lasagna... i mean... cashew cheese and zucchini and wild mushroom layers with pesto and marinara. SO GOOD. i have to recreate it.
*i wanted to share this recipe, but i didn't really think to blog for it, so excuse me for the lack of pictures. you know you can trust me, its really good! bon appetite my friends.
also, don't forget to check under SHOP, to see the many pantry staples I use and frequently purchase from amazon. if anything, it'll give you an idea of what items I have stocked, and you can source from a place that is local or best for you.