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10 Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's pie is a great way to use leftovers. But with ingredients like lamb or beef, gravy and mashed potatoes, it's not known for being healthy. However, with some substitutions, you can serve this stick-to-your-ribs meal to your family without a lot of guilt. To make a healthy shepherd's pie, just find any traditional recipe, and then use our substitutions below:

  • Meat: Go for ground turkey or ultra-lean beef. You can even try a vegetarian version using "meat" crumbles made of soy; these are easily found at the supermarket in the frozen foods aisle.
  • Veggies: Frozen vegetables are easiest. Think peas, carrots and corn.
  • In place of mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower combined with low-fat milk, instead of cream or full-fat milk.
  • Look for low-fat, low-sodium versions of gravy. Or if you're making your own, make sure you remove as much oil and fat as possible.