Dinner and a Movie

by Ally Harding, 9:57 AM

The other day we were at Costco and they had Shepherd's Pie to sample. It was delicious and I kept telling Theo how I couldn't get it's taste out of my mouth! I decided to make a Shepherd's Pie for our dinner on Wednesday and came across a "healthier' version on Iowa Girl Eats. The mashed potatoes are half white potatoes and half cauliflower. I was kind of leery too but it came out so good. You don't taste the cauliflower at all. I also used the fattening meat, 85/15 instead of 93/7 because let's be honest, the fattening meat just tastes better. I don't eat red meat too often so I wasn't too concerned. No one ever died from eating 85/15 beef one night. We had so much leftover so I packed it up and am taking it to my mom's house today.

Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

To make the mashed potatoes:


2 large potatoes
1 head cauliflower
2/3 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of butter
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste


Wash and chop potatoes in 2 inch pieces. Boil in a large pot for 5 minutes.
Chop cauliflower into 2 inch pieces and add to the boiling pot of potatoes and cook for another 10 minutes.
Drain into a colander and add to a big bowl. 
Mash with either a handheld masher, a handheld blender, or in a food processor with a whipping blade.
Melt butter in the microwave, about 45 seconds, and add to the potatoes along with the milk.
Add s&p and garlic to taste.
Blend all until smooth.

For the filling:


1 lb ground beef
1/3 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
2 cups frozen vegetable medley


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Brown ground beef, onions, garlic, and s&p in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the fat, return to skillet, sprinkle in flour, stir well and cook for 1 minute.
Add tomato paste, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and chicken broth to the skillet.
Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes, until sauce is thick,
Add frozen vegetables.
Pour mixture into a large, oven proof casserole dish.
Top with the mashed potatoes and cauliflower.
Dot the top with butter and s&p.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until top is golden brown.

Here's how mine looked right out of the oven

It was basically one big mush but so delicious!


We watched Dallas Buyers Club after dinner. Matthew McConaughey was awesome in the movie. I really hope he wins the Oscar. I mean the guy lost 46 lbs for the movie! It was a great movie and for someone who falls asleep during pretty much every movie, I loved it and stayed awake! If you don't know the premise, McConaughey is a rodeo rider named Ron Woodruff who becomes diagnosed with HIV and is given 30 days to live. He does drugs, drinks like it's his job, and sleeps with pretty much anyone so after the shock wears off, he realizes his lifestyle caused this. There's a trial going on for HIV/AIDS patients for a new drug called AZT. It's a double blind study, meaning neither the doctor administering the drug or the patient knows if they have they have actual drug or a placebo. He ends up getting a hospital worker to steal this drug for him but quickly realizes the drug is basically poison and makes him worse quick. He travels to Mexico and meets with a doctor who gives him drugs for HIV that treat the symptoms but aren't approved by the FDA in the US and brings them back over here. He figures out how to work the system and starts a drug club called the Dallas Buyers Club for other HIV/AIDS patients that isn't considered illegal because he isn't selling the drugs. They pay him $400 a month and get an endless supply of medicine. He's saving not only his life but other HIV patients with these drugs. It's true story and although you hate Ron the beginning, he ends up being a great guy risking his life by getting these drugs for others.
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  1. Yummm! We watched Dallas Buyers Club this past weekend and I loved it! But then again, I love anything having to do with Matthew McConaughey :)

  2. This recipe sounds amazing! So funny about the 85/15 breakdown, so true though! We are the same about 93/7, so buying 85/15 is an indulgence! This made me laugh! I've been meaning to see this movie! I'm glad you liked it a gave it a good review ! :) Maybe this weekend!

  3. I tried those cauliflower mashed potatoes one time for Mark....and he'll never let me do it again but maybe since it's half and half I could get away with it?? ;-) I hadn't heard of that movie but it sounds really good!

    Meet @ the Barre

  4. I love Shepard's Pie but have never tried to make it myself! Maybe I'll attempt it with that recipe! I wanted to see that movie too, can't believe he got so skinny!

  5. Sounds yummy! I've never had shephard's pie! That movie sounds really good.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  6. I have been wanting to see that movie, hopefully we can rent it soon. I make an easy shephards pie recipe that I got from my husbands dad, we love it!

  7. YUM! i need to try that recipe, it sounds sooo good! and i havent seen Dallas Buyers Club yet but it's on my netflix queue! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  8. Hooray for a new recipe and a new movie. I actually have that on my list to watch!

  9. Okay, I'm definitely duplicating the meal you made! And I LOVED DBC. Jared Leto blew me away even more than Matthew M! (Which is saying a lot because MM was phenomenal.)

  10. I loved that movie, he deserves an oscar win for it!

  11. That dinner looks amazing and I've been dying to see the movie...before the Oscars. Better get on it!!! I love Matthew! Have you been watching him on the new HBO mini-series True Detective? It's amazing!!!!

  12. Screw a "man's meal" because this is right up my alley! That movie was really good!

  13. I really want to see that movie but for tonight we rented Mama...I am excited!

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  15. That looks delicious! We watched DBC a while back and it was great. Although I cringed seeing him so skinny. It was borderline disgusting, ha.

  16. This looks amazingly good! I actually love cauliflower so I can't wait to try it out! Also can't wait to see Dallas Buyers Club!

  17. Looks great! And yes... what a great movie. So moving and emotional.

  18. I am a little lost. Is Dallas Buyers Club on DVD already or is it still in theaters? I want to see it so bad but as a busy mom I have no clue what is where these days, lol. Thanks for the great summary of the movie.

  19. I am dying to see this movie!! I heard Matt and Jared are both incredible. Also my husband would love for me to make shepard's pie- so maybe I should try the healthy version


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