Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

I found this recipe on the Paleo Plan website.  It is a relatively easy recipe to make, just rather time consuming.  I recommend it for an evening meal when you have the time to do it up right.  I’d add a little more sea salt or onion salt to the recipe if I were to make this again.  I paired this with some roasted balsamic beets.  Enjoy!



  • 3/4 lb parsnips, peeled and grated
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 bacon slice
  • 1/2 lb zucchini, sliced
  • 1/4 lb white button, cremini or shitaake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1-1/4 lb ground turkey
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 Tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 egg whites, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Peel parsnips and grate with a cheese grater. Mix with onion salt and olive oil, and set aside.
  3. Cook bacon slice in a large saute pan over medium heat. Save bacon fat and leave it in the pan. Cool bacon slice, crumble, and set aside.
  4. Add zucchini, mushrooms, and celery to the pan with the bacon fat and saute until slightly softened.
  5. Heat a separate pan over medium-high heat, and add coconut oil when hot. Add onions, ground turkey, Italian seasoning, celery salt and black pepper to taste. Saute until turkey is fully cooked.
  6. Combine meat and vegetables in one pan and mix thoroughly. Let cool 5 minutes.
  7. Combine 4 egg whites with parsley and stir into the meat and vegetable mixture.
  8. Combine the other 4 egg whites with parsnips.
  9. Coat an 8×8 baking dish with olive oil.
  10. Add meat and vegetable mixture, cover with parsnip mixture and top with crumbled bacon.
  11. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the top begins to brown.

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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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