Mashed Cauliflower Chicken Shepherds Pie

It’s so so cold here that comfort food is no longer an option: it is mandatory. I feel like I’m living glued to my furry blanket and my mug of warm (and by warm I mean so-hot-that-it-burns-your-poor-tongue) coffee, but it’s very much needed here. I’m scared to go outside because the temperatures are below zero and three is the maximum pair of pants I can wear at once (clearly not enough). Oh, and running is painful. I like it, but it hurts. And it makes my muscles so sore. Hey, guess who’s got her leg injured and has to go swimming in the coldest water to heal it… This. Girl. (((And she’s not ok with that))).

Is it coldwhere you guys live?



If you answered no, tell me where you are and I’ll pack my bags and move with you. I’ll bring cookies and probably my fuzzy blanket as well (understand that I cannot leave it at home, after all that we’ve been trough. You know, we’re pals now, my blanket and  me).

On the other hand, if your answer was yes, you need to make this pie. Why, you may ask? It’ll tell you why:

This is some of the best comfort food I’ve ever had and it’s guaranteed to warm your heart and soul. Moreover, thie pie is not only comforting and delicious, but also easy to make and skinny jeans friendly.



For the record, I don’t think I’ve worn skinny jeans for a long long time. It’s too cold to wear anything else other than my sweatpants whoops.

I like it when comfort food is so healthy that I can have seconds without feeling guilty (hola Five Cheeses Brown Butter Chili Mac & Cheese, I’m looking at you!). In order to make this classic healthier, I added lots of veggies; used lean ground chicken instead of lamb; and I replaced most of the mashed potatoes with cauliflower. Oh, and I used brown butter instead of plain too; since it’s more flavorful, you’ll need less to feel satisfied.



Ok, who am I trying to fool here… I added brown butter because I like it and cannot live without it. 

Those switchs result in a satisfying meal which will fill you up for hours, but unlike traditional comfort food, won’t let you feeling weighed down after a few spoonfuls. This one’s a winner at home, and it makes awesome leftover. Seriously, it tastes fantastic reheated and if you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciated having some leftovers ready in the fridge on those nights where you don’t have the time to cook proper food (ie: this week and the next one). I’ve been attending to classes at 9-10pm (!!) and having my fridge stocked with yummy leftovers is definitely helpful. How am I supposed to bake and craft all that I’m supposed to, I don’t know. By the time I’m done with my exams, Christmas will be over and that makes me so upset… Excuse me while I grab another serving of pie to make up for it.



Mashed Cauliflower Chicken Shepherds Pie
Serves 7
Traditional Comfort food gets a healthy makeover with this Mashed Cauliflower Chicken Shepherds pie.
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For the filling
  1. 400 grams peas
  2. 300 grams mushrooms
  3. 150 grams carrots
  4. 500 grams ground chicken
  5. 1 medium onion
  6. 2 cloves of garlic
  7. 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  8. 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
For the topping
  1. 500 grams cauliflower
  2. 250 grams potatoes
  3. 1 + 1/2 tbsp. brown butter (or olive oil)
  4. salt, pepper and garlic powder (to taste)
  5. 2 tablespoons low-fat mozzarella (shredded)
  1. Heat some olive oil in a pan, and add onions and mushrooms and cook until liquid has evaporated. Add chicken and sautee until no longer pink.
  2. Add carrots, peas and sautee for 7-8 minutes more.
  3. Add tomato sauce and spices and stir to combine.
For the topping
  1. Boil cauliflower and potatoes until they're super soft. Drain the very well, you want a thick topping, not a soupy one!
  2. Brown butter if using.
  3. Mash cauliflower and potatoes with a fork. Add butter, salt and pepper.
  4. Pour filling into a baking dish and top with the mashed cauliflower mixture. Sprinkle some cheese.
  5. Bake at 220ºC for 20 minutes or until topping looks golden and cheesy is crispy.
  1. Leftovers are fantastic, so make extra if you want to!
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On the bright side, I received a lovely packet from my Foodie Penpal Amanda. It was full of the most delicious stuff you could ever imagine. So yummy that I had a really rough time trying not to eat it all before I took some pics. Oh well, actually I gave in and had to eat half of the macaroon bar before the shoot, ooops.



The box included the tastiest macaroon I’ve ever came across (I can’t believe I was nice enough to share it with my family!); a jar of homemade chili jam which I adore because spicy food rules and that jam is 101% amazing; a jar of garlic mayo (so yummy, I love garlic as well!), energy drink (which was perfect to have before my swim), the best oat crackers ever (seriously, I need to make my own asap, because they’re all gone now!) and a block of black pepper cheddar, yum!



Crackers + cheddar + chili jam = pure awesomeness in snack form.

I couldn’t have asked for a better box, I love everything! Thank you so much, Amanda!

Surprises like that actually make going to swim in the cold almost enjoyable. Almost, because I’m still do darn cold after that swim… Dude, the water was freezing cold. Blanket, come here please!

Stay warm, my friends! And have a great day!



  • Reply Vicky and Ruth / May I Have That Recipe? December 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    All your changes are very clever to make a healthier shepherds pie. Love the idea of the cauliflower mixed with the potatoes. Really cold here too, so cannot invite you to come over….

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Aww thank you so much! I’m so happy you like it 🙂

  • Reply Ashley December 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    It’s been pretty darn cold here too – whenever I am at the computer I have a giant blanket wrapped around me! And my fingers seem to always be cold! I am all about the comfort food these days too – that and soup! This meal sounds wonderful Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      I do that too, it’s so so cold :–( Thanks, Ashley! x

  • Reply Dolega December 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    tiene buena pinta, me lo apunto que ahora con esa receta imprimible tan guay…. :mrgreen:

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      ¡Gracias, un beso! ;–)

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes December 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    first of all, it’s freezing here in NYC so this post alone made me feel a bit warmer. I love shepard’s pie and I absolutely love the substitution of cauliflower – they really do taste just like potatoes all mashed up! great post 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Christine! I’m so happy you like it 😉

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} December 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    It is so god damn cold here as well, unfortunately. You need tons of sweaters and knitted socks to survive. Oh, and a wonderful warm shepherds pie probably 😉 This looks so good Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo December 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Oooh it seems like it’s cold everywhere! I love sweaters and knitted socks, luckily! 😉 Thank you! x

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth December 12, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Brilliant idea! I love vegetarian Shepherd’s pie and I bet it tastes great with mashed cauliflower. You’re so smart. 🙂
    I hope your leg feels better soon. And to answer your question, yes, it is very cold here!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      It’s lovely with cauliflower indeed!
      Thank you very much, Sarah! x

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen December 12, 2013 at 2:03 am

    It is cold here and I definitely need to make that shepherd’s pie! Love the cauliflower topping. And what wonderful treats your foodie penpal sent you. Like an early Christmas!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Aww thank you so much Christine! x

  • Reply Marcie@flavorthemoments December 12, 2013 at 2:11 am

    It’s cold here too even though it’s still sunny CA — it was a sunny 37 degrees this morning! I am a big wuss in the cold, so I need sweatpants, coats, Ugg boots, and this warm pie! I love that it has mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes — such a great idea, Consuelo! I wish I had some for dinner.

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Yup I can’t stand cold either! Thank you so much Marcie 😀

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely December 12, 2013 at 2:31 am

    This sheperds pie looks amazing! Brown butter makes everything better. And oh my gosh, below zero degrees?! That’s nuts! It’s about 40 degrees here near San Francisco and I still can’t get warm. You must be a frozen popsicle : )

    And thanks for the comment on my blog because now I’ve found your blog. Can’t wait to see what you make next!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you so much! I must mention that ‘t’s zero degrees celsius though ;–)
      Aww I’m so happy I discovered yours too. It’s truly wonderful! x

  • Reply Monica December 12, 2013 at 2:39 am

    It is icy and freezing here! In fact, we had a snow day (no school) yesterday. Comfort food is what we need. I’m talking something just like this. Great job on lightening up this shepherd’s pie. My husband loves shepherd’s pie and I always thought of it as something to have at a restaurant but now I see I can make healthier versions at home. We love ground chicken and turkey. This recipe really rocks! : )

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Snowdays are so fun! It doesn’t usually snow here, but it gets so so cold! Thank you, I’m glad you like this. Happy Friday Monica 😀

  • Reply Shundara@SavyNaturalista December 12, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I thought 40 degrees was bad! Maybe I should stop complaining, I love the pie very cozy and look at all those food gifts you got! I need to find me a foodie pen-pal asap!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Foodie penpals are so nice ;–) Thanks!

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven December 12, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Comfort food is the only option here 9 months out of the year! Ugh I really need to move away from Canada!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Is it that cold haha? 😉

  • Reply Kelly December 12, 2013 at 5:01 am

    It’s been really cold here lately too and I’m all for comfort food 🙂 This looks incredible Consuelo! I love all the veggies in here as well as all the lighter options and of course love that you still used brown butter in here 🙂 What yummy treats you got too, your penpal sounds wonderful 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you so much, Kelly! Have a nice (and warm) weekend! 🙂

  • Reply Trisha December 12, 2013 at 5:21 am

    This looks filling and delicious! I love the idea of using cheese in with the cauliflower too. Yum!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you Trisha! x

  • Reply Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods December 12, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Oh, Consuelo it is cold here too. We were sub-zero for 5 days!! The roads are the worst of it all. Slick from snow and ice. I’m definitely learning to have patience driving 🙂 Now, I see how something like this delicious looking Shepard pie could transport you to a warmer place. Perfect comfort food 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Uuugh that sounds terrible :–( Thank you! x

  • Reply sprinklesandsauce December 12, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Excellent looking pie! Very rustic!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks! x

  • Reply Laurel y Menta December 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Creo que no vamos a servirte de “consuelo”: por aquí hace un frío que pela….
    Así que es de agradecer una receta como la que nos traes. Nos gusta tu versión….
    Y vaya regalitos más sabrosos…
    Abrígate bien, y un besito grande.

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Jajaja me imaginaba que por allí haría frío ;–)
      Muchas gracias y un beso!

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life December 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Your first paragraph – made my morning! I’ve gotten into a bad habit of building myself a cozy cave of pillows and blankets to sleep in and then making it impossible to get up in the morning. 🙂 Okay, this is amazing. You are one amazing cook Consuelo! Chicken and cauliflower as subs is so smart! Pinning this one!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Did it? ;–) Aww that sounds so nice! Thank you so much, you’re the sweetest ;–)

  • Reply Julia | December 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Love the idea of using cauliflower instead of potatoes in a shepherds pie! Yum! This is one of those recipes I would just love to make because I am always looking for ways to use cauliflower creatively!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you so much Julia! I’m so glad you like it :–)

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens December 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Oh yes, yes – warm comfort food is needed here, too! Gretchen and I both live in the same town in Ohio, and today it’s 18F (about 8C, I think). Coooooold!!!! This shepherd’s pie looks exactly spot-on perfect! I love that you made so many healthy switches (yay, lots of veggies! 😀 ) , and my kiddos will just flat-out love it regardless! Oh – but so sorry to hear about your injury. That’s just awful, especially rehabbing in the bitter cold. No fun at all! Hang in there!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Ooh that’s really cold, you should have pie indeed! Thank you so much I’m so happy you like this!
      And thanks again, my leg is much better! Have a nice weekend! x

  • Reply Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen December 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    So glad you got your box Consuelo! Looks great, very jealous of your black pepper cheese! This shepherds pie looks yummy! Looks like a perfect healthy take on comfort food. It’s so hard to find that balance but this looks perfect 🙂 It’s cold here too, although not as cold as where you are, wrap up warm and have a lovely weekend!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Oh gosh that cheddar was amazing! Thank you so much, you too have a wonderful weekend! x

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Oh goodness girl, you are killing me with all these fantastic recipes! This dish would be a big hit and even better, I can use so many fresh garden goodies! Thanks in advance!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Fresh veggies would make this lovely, indeed. Thank you Pamela! x

  • Reply Johlene December 12, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I am a huge fan of shepherds pie and love the fact that you added cauliflower to the topping.. in South Africa we add butternut/pumpkin to our potatoes for this dish.. I am very hungry after reading & seeing this post.. seriously!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      That sounds so delish as well! Thanks Johlene! x

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl December 13, 2013 at 12:52 am

    I too make a shepherds pie with mashed cauliflower – I love it! In fact, I haven’t gone back to mashed potatoes since. Yours looks really delicious 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      It tastes so nice that way, doesn’t it? ;–) Thank you! x

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes December 13, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Totally delicious looking! I love that you made it with chicken because I don’t eat beef, and every since making cauliflower crust for pizza I love cauliflower! Your pictures are making me so hungry!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Neither do I! ;–) Thank you Jessica! x

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes December 13, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Oh I should add that it’s 80-90 degrees here. Currently I think it’s 70 and that’s cold for us! When it’s 100 degrees most days I am wishing for a cold day to break it up!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I no longer wish for cold days lol 😉

  • Reply Carmel Moments December 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    That looks fantastic! Never would have thought to replace mashed potatoes with cauliflower on a shepherds pie. It’s so cold. Past few mornings have been in the 20s. All I can think about is warm food slippers and my fireplace. 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Oooh a fireplace would be lovely indeed! Thanks! x

  • Reply Joanne December 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    It is disgustingly cold here. I’ve been running but…it hurts. I could definitely use some serious comfort food like this!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      It hurts so much, right? Thanks! x

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen December 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Oh my gosh – YES – this is exactly what I need! It’s cold here too, and the local pub has a shepherds pie that I love – but I can tell by looking that this is much, much better. Great recipe Consuelo. I’m pinning!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you so much Kristi! And have a wonderful weekend! x

  • Reply Mushrooms Canada December 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    This is such a wonderful idea! I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this recipe in our freezing temperatures and snowy days. Thanks for sharing!


    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      You’re welcome, Shannon! And thank you 🙂

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