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A little sweet & a little spicy paleo shepard’s pie

Hey yoooou guuuys (Goonie reference, anybody?). Speaking of movies, I pulled a movie reference quote out of my pocket the other evening. I was very proud. Mark had said something sarcastic about “love” and I creepily responded, “you mean, to bllllllllaathe.” Magic Max? Princess Bride? Honestly, one of the best movies out there. It’s probably the only movie (with the exception of the Goonies) that I’ve eagerly watched more than once. I’m not a huge movie fan if you can’t tell. Eh.

I haven’t talked much about my workouts lately and I figured it was due. So I CrossFit about 3-4 times a week. I used to go 6-7 times, but my body couldn’t handle the wear and tear (and I ended up getting super inflamed and I carried around a lot of excess weight around because of it). Any who, I love it. I think I love it most because it constantly changes. I get bored very easily and I like things that keep me guessing – which is exactly what CF does. I also realized I HAVE to workout in a group setting. Not really have to, but I don’t get in as good of workouts if I try and workout solo. That motivation for intensity is non-existent. 

Over the last few weeks we’ve been running this “challenge” at our gym that focuses on our strength, body weight, body fat, muscle, endurance … all of it. And I’m always up for a challenge, let’s be real. I didn’t really do anything different. I followed the advice of being intentional about the programming, getting into the gym and working out. I’ve been feeling pretty good about my diet lately, so that continued as it had. 

This week marked the end of the challenge and we needed to retest our workouts and lifts. Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of hitting my second wod retest:

  • 1.5 mile bike
  • 30 clean and jerks (75#)
  • 30 burpees over bar

I died. No, seriously. I have NEVER in my life felt so horribly exhausted. Nor have I felt like I ever pushed myself that hard before. I think it was because I knew my old time to beat (12:39) and that was ticking away in my head during the entire workout. I’m telling you all this because it was mind-boggling. Had I not been working out at a high enough intensity this entire time? Should I feel like this after every workout? I never want to do or feel like that again…

You know that quote, get comfortable with being uncomfortable? That kept playing in my head as I was lying on the floor sucking in as much air as I possibly could. I hate. feeling. uncomfortable. But set aside my dramatics, it was a very telling feeling, pushing your body to said limit. Yes, I’ve had hard workouts before, but I’ve always “capped” myself out once I hit that threshold of way-too-$%#@*&!-uncomfortable. And to know that I could do it (and survive) was kind of a cool, humbling feeling. 

Moving on to food… I made a really tasty paleo shepard’s pie to share with you all! If someone were to ask me what would be the most minimal ingredient, one-pot, easiest clean up meal to get in all your needed macros, it would hands down be shepard’s pie. Seriously. You use one pan, whatever vegetables and meat you have on hand (no special ingredients), some type of carb slathered on top. And it’s done. A complete, no-fuss meal. Boom. Done. 

paleo shepards pie

So here we have it. Enjoy it! 

Paleo Shepard's Pie
Serves 5
A little sweet & a little spicy paleo shepard’s pie
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 lb spicy pork sausage
  2. 1/2 lb grass fed ground beef
  3. 1 sprig rosemary
  4. 1 leek, chopped (sub green onion)
  5. 10 oz. frozen organic peas and carrots
  6. 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  7. 1 large sweet potato
  8. 1 tbs. coconut oil
  9. 1/3 cup non dairy milk
  10. salt to taste
Cook sweet potato
  1. Pierce large sweet potato with a knife several times.
  2. Rinse under water.
  3. Microwave on high for 6-7 minutes (careful - it's hot!)
Shepards pie
  1. In a medium sized casserole pot, brown pork sausage and beef until cooked through.
  2. Add leeks, cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add frozen peas and carrots. Stir until warmed.
  4. Add vinegar, salt and rosemary. Stir to incorporate.
  5. Remove from heat.
Sweet potato topping
  1. In a seperate bowl, remove cooked potato flesh and place in bowl.
  2. Add coconut oil, non dairy milk and a sprinkle of salt.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Transfer potato mixture to pot and smooth layer over meat mixture.
  5. Transfer pot to bottom rack of oven and switch oven to "broil."
  6. Watch closely. Once potatoes have browned (5 minutes +). Remove.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!
paleo shepherd's pie meatloaf

If you like this, try my shepard’s pie meatloaf




paleo shepards pie

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