by Olena

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

by Olena

Cauliflower Shepherd's Pie is a healthy Shepherd's pie with cauliflower mash broiled with cheese on top, and filled with ground turkey, corn, peas and chickpeas.

Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie is essentially a dog pile of veggies. And just to forewarn you – I’m not a potato hater but rather a lover. Just to be clear there is absolutely nothing unhealthy about original Shepherd’s pie IMHO. How can I be Ukrainian and hate potatoes when we ate them every day?! Potatoes are not bad for you. I just wanted to have fun with cauliflower.

Kids loved the cauliflower version of Shepherd’s pie more than sweet potato Shepherd’s pie.


Cauliflower Shepherd's Pie is a healthy Shepherd's pie with cauliflower mash broiled with cheese on top, and filled with ground turkey, corn, peas and chickpeas.

So. What do I have going on here in my cauliflower Shepherd’s pie that you will want to make over other 20 recipes popped up in your search?!

I used a whole head of cauliflower to make my most popular recipe – cauliflower mashed potatoes. Easy peasy. In the filling I used half ground turkey and half chickpeas. You can use canned or learn how to cook dried beans (and freeze too) to save money and BPA. The philosophy behind this step is to eat less meat and garbanzo beans are a perfect candidate to innocently blend in with a delicious sauce, corn, peas and meat. Enjoy!

How to Make Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie


Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

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Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie is a healthy Shepherd’s pie with cauliflower mash broiled with cheese on top, and filled with ground turkey, corn, peas and chickpeas.

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


Mashed Cauliflower Crust:

  • 1 large cauliflower head
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded



  1. Separate cauliflower into florets and cut in smaller chunks. In a medium pot, combine cauliflower, garlic and enough cold water to cover. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Drain.
  2. While cauliflower is cooking, preheat large deep cast iron skillet or wide dutch oven*** on medium heat and swirl 1 tbsp of oil to coat. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Add turkey and cook for 8-10 minutes or until brown, breaking into small pieces with spatula.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together stock, milk, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Pour over turkey, stir, cover and cook for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  4. While meat sauce is cooking, to a pot with cauliflower add butter or olive oil, salt and ground black pepper to taste. Using an immersion blender, process until very smooth consistency. Set aside.
  5. Add chickpeas, corn and peas to the meat sauce and stir well. Place dollops of mashed cauliflower on top and level with spatula. It might not cover entire skillet. Sprinkle with cheese and place under broiler for 5 minutes (rotating if necessary) or until cheese has melted. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate for up to 5 days.


*I use organic GoBio bouillon cubes. **Any milk works. ***If you don’t own any cast iron skillet make meat sauce in a skillet with a lid and then transfer to a baking dish before broiling.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. This was my first time trying cauliflower other than just steaming it or stir frying it. Made this tonight and the family LOVED IT!! I love that your recipes are big enough to feed my large family (5 kids, 3 are teens)

    1. Wow, Sharon. You are fast!:) If I’m already messing up the kitchen I might as well make a lot of food. I would rather have leftovers than an empty fridge.:) Glad everyone was happy. 5 kids. WOW! I was crying yesterday that 2 is too much as my 5 year old keeps acting like a 2 year old.