Substitute mashed potato with mashed cauliflower for a low carb dish that will make you feel satisfied.
- Heat oil in a skillet and fry onion and celery for 2-3 minutes, until slightly soft, and then add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Add ground meat and cook 3-4 minutes, until browned. Incorporate chopped tomatoes and stock, season with dried thyme, salt and black pepper and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until meat is done and liquid has been absorbed.
- While the meat is cooking, add the cauliflower florets to a pan with boiling water, bring back to the boil, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Once done, drain the cauliflower, and mash incorporating butter and half the grated cheese - the cheese will melt.
- Heat the oven to 350°F.
- Pour the the meat mixture into an oven proof pie dish, top with the cauliflower mash, sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top, and bake for 15-20 mintues, or until golden brown.
Use ground beef for a low carb cottage pie, ground lamb for a low carb shepherd's pie, vegetarian hamburger meat or Quorn ground beef for a vegetarian pie - for a vegetarian pie be sure to substitute Cheddar with soy cheese and use vegetable stock.
Shortcut: Heat the water to a boiling point in an electric kettle or the microwave and then pour in the pan to simmer the cauliflower, or cook the cauliflower in the microwave.