Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Paleo Shepherds PIe
Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 60 minutes
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3 medium parsnip(s), peeled and grated, about 3/4 lb
1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
1 teaspoon(s) onion salt
1 slice(s) bacon
11/2 medium zucchini, sliced, about 1/2 lb
1/4 pound(s) mushrooms, white button, cremini or shitaake, sliced
1 medium celery stalk(s), diced
1 teaspoon(s) coconut oil
1/2 medium onion(s), red, finely diced
11/4 pound(s) turkey, ground
2 medium onion(s), green, sliced
1 tablespoon(s) Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon(s) celery salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper, freshly ground
8 large egg white(s), divided
1/2 cup(s) parsley, fresh, 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 8x8 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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  1. kic1970

    This recipe was awesome! Even the hubby liked it!

  2. Kak

    Really yummy! I also incorporated fresh cauliflower with the parsnips…FANTASTICO!

  3. wingman

    Wow 8 egg whites – any suggestions on what to do with the 8 yolks?

  4. jude4hm

    What are these numbers and letters after each ingredient? New to your site.

    • Neely

      The numbers and letters after each ingredient in some of our recipes stand for the number of Carbs, Fat and Protein. We will be improving upon this feature soon by including nutritional information for all of our recipes.

  5. wndytyme

    I really liked the recipe as it was – delicious!! Next time, however, I think I would make the following changes to make it more like the real thing: omit the cilantro, add some chopped garlic and carrots to cook with the celery and onion, top with mashed parsnips and bake.

  6. LizMcDowell

    I was really skeptical about using parsnips, but this was surprisingly very tasty. I will definitely make this again!!

  7. Randi

    i’m guessing the second onion salt was supposed to be celery salt?

  8. Tiffany

    This was really good. Next time I’m going to use Cauliflower in place of the Parsnips. Carrots would be good in this too! Then it will be perfect!

  9. PrimalRoots

    this recipe is amazing i cooked the meat in ghee and put lots of garlic and onion powder, and oregeno and thyme and garlic in the mash and used cauliflower instead of parsnips thanks for the great recipe idea

  10. Megan Jolly

    Absolutly delicious! I used diced chicken and it turned out wonderfully!

  11. Nina

    Had to go with what was in the fridge and luckily I had everything but the parsnips. Replaced parsnips with sweet potato and grated it with carrots in the food processor. Replaced the turkey with grass-fed beef which increases the calorie content but the rest I kept the same and it was so delicious!

  12. Susan

    Hi. I am desperate to lose weight after a broken back some years ago. But, I do not want a “High Protein” Diet…I do not know much about this diet. Can someone explain it to me? A friend of mine lost 60 pound in less than a year on this diet. I am 61 years old and don’t want a crazy diet. I tried Weight Watchers and it just did not help. So…I am asking for your help. Thanks so much.

  13. Ashlee

    Hands down, THE best Paleo recipe I have made so far…off this website, others, out of books, you name it. So good, I had to double check the ingredients to make sure it actually was Paleo. The hubby LOVED it, so that’s a bonus.

  14. Katelyn

    How do you make the cauliflower instead of the parsnips? Do you grate cauliflower with a cheese grater too?

    • Neely Quinn

      Katelyn – You could or you could use a food processor.

  15. kttitus

    I was a bit nervous to try this recipe on my family, having made an amazing shepherds pie for years. But now looking for cleaner eating found this option to try. Everyone ate it! I did add a bit of lamb because I had to increase the recipe for my family and I didn’t have enough ground turkey in the house. So next time I think they will like it better without lamb. I liked it but they don’t prefer it. Also, had never even bought parsnips before, didn’t even know what they looked like! They made a great substitute for the mashed potatoes. I wasn’t sure I would like it but I did! Lots of flavor in the dish.

  16. Rhi123

    I had a question since I barely started Paleo. How much of everything should I eat? I am trying to cut down in portion size but feel hungry a couple hours later.. I did just start this about a week and a half ago. thank you

  17. Cait

    This was really good, but did not satisfy my Shepard’s Pie craving. I think it came out more like a breakfast bake because of the egg whites. It smelled amazing and tasted really good, it just sucks when you have Shepards Pie on the brain and it’s not quite right! I think I will try again with a few changes. I will most likely omit the eggs, since I never put it in my real Shepards Pie anyway. I was thining I would either mash the parsnips next time or sub cauliflower mashers. This is good, just don’t expect it to taste like actual Shepard’s Pie!!!

  18. patknez

    I don’t have much experience with parsnips but I was surprised by how hard they were to grate. I mean seriously… If you are expecting them to behave like carrots, you will be very disappointed. If I make this again I will probably boil and mash them instead of trying to grate them and maybe mix them with some sweet potatoes to give a bit more of a shepards pie experience

  19. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I have never had shepherd’s pie, but the combo of food in this recipe makes me want to try it right now!

  20. Trysten Hayter

    The picture makes the parsnips look fluffy, did you really just grate add seasonings and egg white and throw on top? I was expecting a step somewhere to sauté them and beat with egg whites in the kitchenaid or something. Will the recipe as is produce a fluffy parsnip mash as in picture?

  21. Jennifer

    I bought daikon radish instead of parsnips….oops! So I said what the heck and I boiled the daikon with a sweet potato and mashed them together (omitted the egg white for topping). It actually turned out ok…the meat part was delish! I think I will try this one again but with parsnips ;)

  22. Rebecca

    USe the cheese grater!!! I just broke my black & decker processor trying to grate a parsnip :( must be too hard

  23. Patricia

    I’m sure this recipe is perfectly fine, but I suspect if I ever changed my original Shepard’s Pie recipe, my daughter would kill me! But since the original recipe would be okay for Paleo, I don’t think I’m going to sweat it! I would try another recipe if I thought I could get away with it though. Thanks for sharing all the recipes that you do share.

  24. Steve

    Might want to add a step in somewhere where you mash the parsnips. It was good but a pile of shredded parsnips was not what I was expecting.

  25. Teddy Ray

    Followed this recipe exactly as written and loved it. I expected the parsnip topping to be tolerable, at best. Instead, I wanted more of it. We’ve made at least 50 dinners from this site at this point. This is easily in our top 10.

  26. stacy h

    During prep I was cursing you (grating parsnips took FOREVER) but OMG this is AMAZING

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