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Easy Traditional Shepherd's Pie Made Lighter

It's high time to bring back some of your favorite comfort foods into your diet. With this recipe for Easy Traditional Shepherd's Pie Made Lighter, learn how to make a classic comforting dish that has far fewer calories than the original version.


For the mashed potatoes, use the Guilt Free Mashed Potatoes recipe or the Mashed Potatoes and Greens recipe.

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Cooking MethodCasserole


  • 1/4 cup margarine, or the butter substitute of your choice
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4 cups leftover lamb or beef, all excess fat removed and diced
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups cooked carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes (See Notes)
  • 2 eggs, well beaten (or equivalent egg substitute)


  1. In large saucepan, heat butter substitute and saute onions 5 minutes.
  2. Then, add lamb or beef. Sprinkle with flour. Blend in beef broth and tomatoes. Stir over medium heat until bubbly and thick. Simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in beaten eggs, carrots, peas and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread mixture evenly over stew, then add mashed potatoes evenly over top.
  4. Bake in preheated moderate oven at 375degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes or until top is brown.

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