With lots of veggie shortcuts and a cauliflower-mash topping instead of spuds, you can have this comfort-food staple in a fraction of the usual time—and save carbs too! Cook the veggies from frozen; no need to thaw. Swap ground turkey for the beef if you prefer.

EatingWell.com, January 2021


Credit: Brie Passano

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins

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  • Place oven rack 5 inches from broiler. Preheat the broiler (use "low" setting if you have it).

  • Microwave cauliflower according to package directions until softened. Stir in chives and pepper; set aside.

  • Meanwhile, heat a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat (see Tip). Add beef and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes; drain off most of the fat. Stir in Worcestershire and thyme, then add peas and carrots and onion; cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Spread the cauliflower mixture evenly over the beef mixture and sprinkle with Cheddar. Broil just until the top is browned, about 3 minutes.


If you don't have an ovenproof skillet, you can transfer the beef mixture to a medium baking dish or 4 individual baking dishes after removing it from the heat in Step 3. Continue with Step 4 as written (divide the cauliflower mixture and cheese among the baking dishes if using individual-size dishes).

Nutrition Facts

1¼ cups
366 calories; fat 15g; cholesterol 102mg; sodium 573mg; carbohydrates 21g; dietary fiber 6g; protein 38g; sugars 5g; saturated fat 5g.