Friday, August 26, 2011

Mini Squash Shepherd's Pie

Who doens't like Shepher's Pie? It includes most "comfort food" ingredients!
This one has a little twist to make it less caloric and more nutritiousl Great (easy) recipe for the weekend!

Mini Squash Shepherd's Pie
Servings: 4 portions
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 12 ounces 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 ounces baby spinach, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 24oz cooked winter squash, pureed (or you can use frozen winter squash) 
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, stir in turkey, flour and tomato paste, and cook, stirring, until the turkey is mostly browned, about 3 minutes. Add water, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Stir in spinach, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder; cook until the spinach is just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
Place squash in a fine-mesh sieve and gently press on it to extract excess liquid. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Divide the meat mixture among four 10-ounce broiler-safe ramekins. Top each with about 1/2 cup of the squash. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
Broil until heated through and bubbling around the edges, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and broil until it is just melted, about 3 minutes more.

Source: based on recipe from

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