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Lighter Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie

Lighter Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie
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Lighter Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie

Prep: 20 minutes
Slow Cook: 2 hours • Serves: 6

Nonstick cooking spray
1-1/2 pounds 93% lean ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 packages (10 ounces each) fresh riced cauliflower
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 can (15 ounces) mixed vegetables, drained
1 can (10.5 ounces) beef gravy
1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, sage and/or thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray. Add beef; cook 8 minutes or until browned, breaking up beef with side of spoon.

2. In medium saucepot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. In food processor, purée butter and cauliflower 20 seconds or until almost smooth.

3. In 6-quart slow cooker, stir mixed vegetables, gravy, 1 tablespoon herbs, pepper and beef; spread cauliflower mixture over vegetable mixture and sprinkle with remaining ½ tablespoon herbs. Cover and cook on high 2 hours or low 4 hours. Makes about 6 cups.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (1 cup):
320 Calories, 16g Fat (6g Saturated), 86mg Cholesterol, 518mg Sodium,
15g Carbohydrates, 4g Fiber, 3g Sugars, 0g Added Sugars, 29g Protein

Chef Tip:
Customize this recipe by substituting ground turkey for the beef and/or prepared mashed potatoes for the riced cauliflower.

Dietitian’s Dish Tip(s):
Lean ground beef and riced cauliflower lighten up this hearty classic. High-quality protein with less saturated fat promotes heart health, while riced cauliflower offers a low-carb alternative that boosts fiber.

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