Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Healthy Gluten Free Shepherd's Pie

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One of my favorite comfort foods is a delicious Shepherd's Pie...so easy to do gluten free. Many versions, however, are laden with fat and extra calories. Here is a version that is much healthier but retains all of the flavor. Pair this with a nice green salad and a warm slice of crusty gluten free peasant bread and you have an amazing dinner that will warm up your heart and soul.

The recipe:
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place 6 medium peeled potatoes (Yukon Gold's work great here) in a pan with enough water to cover the potatoes. Set the pan on high and bring it to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender.
3. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a large bowl and add 1/4 cup of light sour cream (Daisy is gluten free) and 1 Tbs. of butter. Mash this all until smooth and season to taste with salt and set aside.
4. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbs. of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup of chopped onion, 2 medium carrots diced and 2 medium stalk of celery diced (organic celery has amazing flavor..so worth it). Cook this until soft..about 3 minutes.
5. Add 1 pound of uncooked ground turkey and cook until the turkey is browned (break up the turkey as it cooks). This will take about 5 minutes.
6. Next add 3 Tbs. of gluten free flout (I use Bob's Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour), 1 tsp. of dried rosemary (adds the best flavor), 1 tsp. of dried thyme, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 1/4 tsp. of pepper. Stir this all to coat.
7. Next add 2 cups of gluten free chicken broth (Pacific and Imagine make gluten free broth) ad bring to a simmer. Simmer this all until the mixture thickens (about 3-5 minutes).
8. Transfer the turkey mixture to a casserole dish and spread the mashed potatoes over the top using the back of a spoon. Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and bake it all until the potatoes are golden..about 30 minutes.

Every time I make this it turns out amazing and I forget that I am eating turkey instead of beef or lamb.

I wish you warm hearts, happy homes and dinners that make you smile! xo

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