Saturday, February 15, 2014

Shepherd's Pie De-Lite

From Peg Cochran

Gigi Fitzgerald from my Gourmet De-Lite series delivers lower calorie meals to her group of clients.  One of the things she makes is shepherd's pie.  We've had some great shepherd's pie recipes here on Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, but if you want to try one that won't wreak havoc on your diet, here you go!

1 onion

1 tablespoon olive oil

1.25 lbs. ground turkey

1 cup frozen peas

1 small container of fresh mushrooms, sliced 

1/4 cup ketchup

1 14.5-ounce can mushroom gravy (Campbells had only 100 calories for the whole can)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

5 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed with skim or 1/2 percent milk

First off, make your mashed potatoes.  This dish is so flavorful you won't miss having butter in them (I only put butter in the mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving!)

Chop the onion and sauté in 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft.  Add ground turkey and saute until turkey loses its pink color.

Add frozen peas and mushrooms

Stir in ketchup, gravy and Worcestershire sauce.  Place in a casserole dish--one that you can take straight to the table is great!

Spread mashed potatoes on top.

Cook in a 350 degree oven until bubbling and slightly browned on top--approximately 30 minutes.

Enjoy free of guilt!  This is something the whole family will like.

If you want to read more about Gigi and her adventures, Iced to Death comes out on March 4.  Allergic to Death and Steamed to Death are out now.  Steamed to Death is available in large print.  All books contain more light recipes.

Coming March 4 - 4 stars from RT Book Review!

And if you'd like to read about the adventures of middle-aged Jersey Girl Lucille Mazzarella, check out Confession Is Murder, ("laugh out loud funny".) Available now.

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  1. Mmm. Nice hot comforting Shepherd's Pie when everything is covered with snow. It's just the ticket, Peg!


  2. Peg, I agree with Krista, a lovely meal for a cold winter!

    Daryl / Avery

  3. It is perfect for a cold winter's night. It's a staple on Sunday nights for us in the winter. Whenever I ask hubby what he wants, it's always shepherd's pie!

  4. Looks delicious Peg--and nice that it won't break the diet!

  5. Krista, everything's covered in snow, except the shepherd's pie! It's covered in mashed potatoes! (Sorry-couldn't resist)
    This is perfect--yummy, easy, healthy, and adaptable (Like the addition of carrots). What more could we ask? (Well, maybe a little chocolate for dessert?)

  6. I got this recipe from your book and have made it several times. I use a jar of fat free savory beef gravy. And sometimes I substitute a frozen pea and carrot mix. My family really likes it and the leftovers reheat well.

    1. Sandy, I'm glad your family enjoys it! I love having the leftovers for lunch the next day.

  7. I have copied it to make it soon! I think I'll surprise my hubby with it. We are dieting and you get tired of same old same old, so this should be a hit!

    Potatoes are on our diet - so that's just grand,

    Thanks, Peg!



  8. A great low-cal adaptation, Peg, thanks for sharing and congrats on your upcoming new release, too!

    ~ Cleo