I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Shepherd’s Pie.
If there was ever a dish that I could never get enough of, nor resist going for seconds, this would be the one. However, since it doesn’t sit too well with my new healthy lifestyle, I don’t eat it nearly as often as I used to. And when I do have it, it’s a completely revisited dish that I end up eating…
Let’s face it: Shepherd’s Pie, as I learned to make it, using regular ground beef, frozen corn kernels and mashed white potatoes made super creamy thanks (or not!) to the addition of tons of butter, cream and salt, did not constitute the healthiest of meals.
Especially not if you’re going to add a VERY generous serving of “reconstituted” 5 Pepper Sauce on top of it.
Yeah… I used to do all that!
And I must admit that I truly miss it, sometimes.
I mean sure, there are ways to play with the recipe and make it healthier, by making it vegetarian, for instance, or adding more veggies in an effort to boost its nutritional value.
But none of the healthified versions I made ever really came close to the real thing.
Up until now!
This, ladies and gentlemen, tasted ALMOST like the dish I remember.
Yet, it’s loaded with all kinds of yummy veggies, namely tomatoes, zucchinis, cauliflower and aubergine, as well as the mandatory white potatoes and corn. And since corn was in prime season when I made this, I got to use fresh!
Oh, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Granted, the potatoes took a slightly strange, brownish coloration because of the addition of eggplant, but this did not affect the taste in the least. Plus, the aubergine really helped make the potatoes super creamy! So trust me, you want it in there. You won’t even be able to taste it.
Just try and keep it from browning too much when cooking it.
Even my son, who despises eggplant, had a full serving of this Shepherd’s Pie and said that it was really good.
But here comes the best part…
Upon calculating the nutritional value of the dish, I was pleasantly surprised to be presented with the following list of “good points”:
- High in dietary fiber
- High in niacin
- High in phosphorus
- High in potassium
- High in riboflavin
- High in selenium
- High in vitamin B6
- Very high in vitamin C
- High in zinc
How awesome is that?
At that rate, guess I could even afford to go for seconds!
Although… there was really no need for that. A single serving of this was generous enough to get my tummy FULLY satisfied!
Adding pile of vegetables to cooked meat!
Who says you need fat for flavor? This is a mound flavor AND nutrients right there!
Liquid is all gone, time to transfer to baking dish.
Does that look good or what?
Add fresh corn kernels. Try not to eat them all!
Assembly and finished product.
OK, so the potatoes took a slight beige coloration because of the aubergine, but this doesn’t affect taste in the least.
And once you get used to it, the color isn’t so bad after all…
Hey, 5 pepper sauce will make your potatoes go brown too!
Look at how moist! Can you imagine the flavor?