Rainbow Shepherd's Pie
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Perfect for meal prep or Sunday supper. This colourful dish will be a crowd-pleaser.
Recipe type: Dinner Main
Serves: 8 servings
  • 2 lbs ground turkey, lean ground beef or meatless ground round
  • 2 small onions or 1 large onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1-2 tsp dried)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4-5 tomatoes, sliced
  • 4-5 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large or 2 small yams, chopped
  • 2 cups corn (frozen)
  • 2 cup peas
  • 2-3 zucchinis, sliced
  • 4 cups kale, spinach or mixed greens
  • 5-6 potatoes
  • 2 large beets, sliced *optional
  • 2-3 Tbsp butter or oil - divided
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp salt - divided
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Slice and chop all the vegetables you plan on using.
  3. Fill 2 medium pots with water (half way) and bring to a boil. One pot for the potatoes and one pot for the yams/carrots. Put the potatoes in first as they will take longer to cook,
  4. In a non-stick skillet or pan, start cooking the meat over medium heat. Add in the onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, worcestershire sauce, rosemary and salt. Cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the meat is cooked throughout.
  5. While the meat is cooking, check the status of the cooked potatoes and yams/carrots. They should be fork-tender or soft enough to mash.
  6. Layer the cooked meat/meatless option in the bottom of a rectangular or circular casserole dish.
  7. Keep the same skillet and add your greens to the pan. Add the peas first, then zucchini and lastly the fresh leafy greens. Cook "al-dente", or until bright green ~4-5 minutes.
  8. Mash the potatoes with 1.5-2 Tbsp butter or oil, salt, pepper and milk
  9. RED layer- add your sliced tomatoes on top of the meat
  10. ORANGE layer - Mash the cooked yams and carrots with 1.5 Tbsp butter or oil, 1 Tbsp honey and ½ tsp salt. Layer over the sliced tomatoes
  11. YELLOW layer - if using frozen corn, cook the corn in the microwave for 2 minutes. Sprinkle over the orange layer
  12. GREEN layer - layer the cooked greens over the corn.
  13. BLUE/PURPLE - layer the sliced cooked beets (or alternative) over the greens
  14. WHITE/BROWN - layer the mashed potatoes on top
  15. Sprinkle with smoked paprika.
  16. Bake uncovered in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the potatoes start to crisp on top.
  17. Enjoy!
Recipe by Crystal Higgins at https://crystalhiggins.com/rainbow-shepherds-pie/